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May, 2008
*Friday, May 30th, 2008* ~ AFTERNOON UPDATE

Third Day
We're more than proud to hear that our friends in Third Day have graced the cover of Billboard Magazine as the first ever Christian band to do so! Fans can pick up the June 7th edition of the magazine for the feature story, or simply click this link here from ThirdDay.com to view the article in a PDF file. The article comes just in time for the band's upcoming July 29th album release of Revelation...
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Nicol Sponberg
Gregory Luke Sponberg, infant son of Curb recording artist Nicol Sponberg and her husband Greg, passed away Tuesday, May 27, at the family’s home in Georgia. The 2-month-old died in his sleep, apparently of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Nicol (formerly of Selah) and Greg also have a 2-year-old daughter, Summer. The family is grateful for your prayers and support at this time. Condolences can be sent to...
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Deas Vail
Deas Vail is currently in Spring Hill, TN recording an EP and their sophomore with Mark Lee Townsend. The EP will be released digitally by Brave New World in late August. Then the album will hit stores in early 2009. Fans can visit www.deasvail.com for blogs from the band and videos of the recording process...
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Red
GRAMMY-nominated rock band Red, whose brand-new music video “Already Over” started airing on MTV2 last Saturday, May 24, is
seeing the video get immediate reaction on the network. Vote to support your favorite modern rockers by submitting your own playlist to MTV’s “You Rock the Deuce,” at www.mtv2.com, and watch the video while you’re there...
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Premier Festivals, a newly formed division of Premier Productions, enjoyed record breaking crowds with its May 24th presentation of JoyFest, staged at Carowinds in Charlotte, North Carolina. The park posted its’ fastest sell-out in history on the annual JoyFest event which this year headlined major gospel artists Fred Hammond, J. Moss., Tye Tribbett, Marvin Sapp, Canton Jones, and emcee Bone Hampton. Hundreds were turned away from the capacity event concert on a ticket that also included bonus admission to Carowinds and Boomerang Bay Waterpark...
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RSJ
Christian rocker, Rebecca St. James will bring a special message close to her heart as a featured highlight of the June Billy Graham TV Special, “Longing For Change,” which will air in television markets throughout the U.S. May 31st through June 8th. Rebecca will be seen on video in a special live edited performance of her song, “Forgive Me” originally recorded last year during a major crusade appearance with Franklin Graham in Canada. The June Graham television special shares the stories of people who have searched for change in all the wrong places, discovering that lasting change comes only through Jesus Christ...
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Ten Shekel Shirt
On August 19, 2008, Rounder Records’ newly signed band Ten Shekel Shirt will be releasing their latest album titled Jubilee. Lamont Hiebert, the lead singer and songwriter of Ten Shekel Shirt, describes himself as an artist and an abolitionist. As an artist, he’s a gifted singer, songwriter and bandleader who evokes comparisons from Snow Patrol to Coldplay to Peter Gabriel for his richly textured music, emotive singing and thoughtful lyrics and who’s already sold 150,000 copies of his first two albums. As an abolitionist, he’s a committed crusader who interrupted a successful musical career to co-found Love146...
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Francesca Battistelli
For those of you who have heard the fresh new single from Fervent Records’ artist Francesca Battistelli, “I’m Letting Go,” you know why there is a huge buzz. If you haven’t heard it yet, turn up your radio and get ready to let yourself go! In just four weeks, 64 reporting stations have added the hot single to their rotation. “I’m Letting Go” is already Top 20 at CHR and AC Indicator, while it debuted at AC Monitored this week, garnering the highest spin increase of the week. In addition to the significant airplay, more and more radio stations are continuing to sing praises for this hit song...
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Matt Maher
Singer/Songwriter/Worship Leader Matt Maher, has plenty of reason to look up. Not only is his current, self-written radio single, “Your Grace Is Enough” continuing to climb the radio charts, but tomorrow afternoon (Sat., May 31, 2008), his new album, Empty & Beautiful, will launch into space on NASA’s Space Shuttle Discovery Mission STS-124, which is scheduled to launch on from the John F. Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Maher’s current single at radio, “Your Grace Is Enough,” is No. 4 at Billboard Christian AC-Monitored...
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*Friday, May 30th, 2008*

Relient K
MusiChristian.com has the first we've seen of details on the new Relient K b-sides project, The Bird And The Bee Sides. Along with an album cover, the online store lists a whopping 26 tracks for the record and a release date for July 1st. While MC doesn't always have the most accurate release date or track listing info, this information is looking pretty solid. We also noticed that among the almost-thirty track listing are quite a few of the b-sides that were on EP releases over the years. This looks to be a nice collector for those who found those coveted EP's to have eluded them...
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The Wedding
Although details on the next release from The Wedding have been relatively secretive (but of course rather enticing), the North Carolina rock band will be releasing a brand new EP this Sunday, June 1st. The six-song EP, entitled The Sound, The Steel will mark the band's first release with new vocalist Landon Ginnings, who has been touring with the guys since late 2007 when original vocalist Kevin Kiehn exited. Rock fans will recognize Matthew Shelton' signature vocals from when he previously fronted his former band, LetterKills from 2002 to 2006...
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toby
Multi-platinum and award-winning artist TobyMac will offer a one night only film premiere of “Alive and Transported,” his new concert DVD/CD that also debuted in stores today May 27th. TobyMac will hit the big screen in 68 cities across the country on Monday, June 9th, courtesy of The Bigger Picture, the alternative content distribution division of Access Integrated Technologies, Inc. ("AccessIT") (NASDAQ:AIXD). For a list of theaters, please go to www.thebiggerpicture.us/tobymac. After years of requests, “Alive and Transported,” is finally being released on a DVD and CD combo...
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SCC
On Thursday, Steven Curtis Chapman's management addressed the fans in regards to how the family is doing after the recent loss of their five year old adopted daughter. Here is the letter, "It has been a little over a week since the accident that put Maria Chapman in Jesus' arms. These have been dark and trying days of deep sadness. The Chapman family is struggling with grief and wrestling to come to terms with the new normal, a world without Maria. It will be a long road. And yet, I want you to know that they are holding on to the truth of Gospel, just as I hope I would...
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Pillar
GRAMMY-nominated, Christian rock band Pillar will bring its high-intensity live show to the Home Depot Center on Saturday, June 7, as the band performs a concert following the LA Galaxy soccer match. Game time is set for 7:30 p.m. (PT). The 45-minute set will take place in the plaza area of the 27,000-seat Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. Pillar’s stadium performance, in support of its fifth studio album, For the Love of the Game, is part of the LA Galaxy Faith and Family Night, sponsored by The Fish 95.9FM. The LA Galaxy is home to international MLS star David Beckham...
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Big Idea
Big Idea, Inc., an Entertainment Rights group company, is celebrating VeggieTales’ 15th Anniversary in 2008 with an expanded licensing and merchandising campaign. The anniversary program will be led by a commemorative DVD release of “Where’s God When I’m S-Scared?,” new licensed product and an all-new VeggieTales Live Show beginning to roll out to consumers this summer. “It’s an exciting time at Big Idea and we are thrilled to be kicking-off VeggieTales 15th Anniversary celebration at this year’s Licensing Show,” said Greg Fritz, SVP Marketing Big Idea. “Our expanded licensing and merchandising program provides...
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The Katinas
On August 19, 2008, Destiny Productions in association with Executive Music/Universal Music Christian Group will be releasing the latest album by the popular Pop/Inspirational/Worship group The Katinas. Samoa-born brothers Sam, Joe, Jesse, John, and James—collectively known as The Katinas-recently branched off on their own after a long term stint with Gotee Records and formed Destiny Productions. From there, they have created a sound all their own that still has that unique Katinas quality, but a brand new flavor...
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Kevin Max
We got this email yesterday from the director of The Imposter movie, Daniel Millican. The indie film stars singer Kevin Max's acting debut as well as former Sonicflood front man, Jeff Deyo, "Hey guys, I've just posted a Behind the Scenes interview with Kevin about his role in the upcoming movie "The Imposter." Link is http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DZS9Ugc0mh0 Post production is cruising along. Right now we've "locked" the picture which is a movie term for finishing the rough edit so that sound and music people can jump in and start their magic...
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Hillsong United
Hillsong United, one of the world’s most popular modern worship bands will make their first visit to the Indianapolis, Ind.-area when they perform a one-night only concert on Tuesday, Aug. 26 at The Gathering Place at Community Church of Greenwood. Tickets for the Hillsong United concert are on sale at www.IntegrityLive.com and are available for $22.50. Because the band, which is currently promoting its latest Integrity Music CD The I Heart Revolution: With Hearts as One, the 4,000 seat facility is expected to sell out fast...
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*Thursday, May 29th, 2008*

Remedy Drive
Newly signed Word Records rock band Remedy Drive releases its debut project, Daylight Is Coming, August 26. Produced by 2008 GMA Dove Awards Producer of the Year Ian Eskelin, the album showcases Remedy Drive’s high-energy, piano-driven rock sound. “Remedy Drive is the highway we’re all on as a band, and we want to steer people toward redemption,” says lead David Zach. “We’ve not arrived—we’re all on a journey. And we don’t have all the answers. But we’re also not afraid to ask the questions, and we hope that our music will inspire everyone to do the same.”...
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Fee
Recognized in worship circuits across the country, Fee front man Steve Fee performed at all three chapel services at the highly anticipated 92nd annual Indianapolis 500 on Sunday May 25th. Fee’s hit single “All Because of Jesus” has also landed in the No. 1 spot on the R&R AC Indicator charts while climbing to No. 2 on R&R’s AC Monitored as well as the CRW No. 3 spot on the AC charts. The biggest event of the Indy Car Series included famous racing names such as Danica Patrick, Helio Castroneves, Marco Andretti and John Andretti...
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Premier Christian Cruises’ May 19-23rd sailing of their annual cruise event, The Music Boat, proved in the ’08 presentation to be a triple crown success for this presenter of Christian themed events at sea. Proving good news in the vacation/cruise industry can still come in threes despite gloomy economic forecasts of land bound gas prices causing American’s to re-think vacation plans, Premier cited groundbreaking successes with latest sailing of The Music Boat...
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The Agency for the Performing Arts (APA) proudly announces the signing of OMG Records’ recording artist Chasen to their Nashville based Christian music division. As the flagship artist for OMG Records, a division of OMG SportsEntertainmentMusic, Chasen’s debut album Shine Through The Stars hit shelves April 15th. Produced by award-winning producer Noel Golden (Matchbox 20, Edwin McCain) the album showcases the band’s inspirational brand of rootsy pop and the prolific, self-taught songwriting ability of the group’s namesake, Chasen Callahan. The band struck gold early with the release of the album’s first single, “Crazy Beautiful”...
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*Wednesday, May 28th, 2008*

Big Daddy Weave
Celebrating a decade together as a band, Fervent Records’ Big Daddy Weave will release its fifth studio project, What Life Would Be Like, July 22. While their previous and highly acclaimed album, Every Time I Breathe, was recorded to encourage people to view every moment as a chance to live in response to the greatness of God, What Life Would Be Like celebrates that response. Songwriter and frontman Mike Weaver further explains that the album’s content, including a cover of Phil Collins’ classic, “Another Day In Paradise,” was greatly influenced by a recent visit to poverty-stricken villages in Ecuador...
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downhere
Already known for its edgy, innovative marketing efforts, Centricity Music once again takes the lead with a unique teaming with MusiChristian.com. The two companies are offering a free download of downhere’s current CD, Wide Eyed And Mystified beginning on June 1, 2008 and will last throughout the month. "We are thrilled to partner downhere with Musichristian.com on this promotion, as we threw out all the rules on this one,” says Steve Ford, Vice President of Marketing, Centricity Music. “It has been energizing to think outside the box with Daniel and his team in order to introduce downhere to as many new fans as possible. I know we will look back on this as the beginning...
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Barren Cross
This just in from Girder Music... "This is Michael Drive; you would know me as Mike Lee, singer for Barren Cross. Thanks to Greg Hays (GirderMusic.com) for allowing me to share this with you. Please forgive the impersonal nature of an email; I wish I could just speak to you instead, but email is helpful none-the-less in sharing with many of you at the same time. There are a few important reasons why I am writing to you… First and foremost; I am happy to announce: BARREN CROSS is officially, 100% BACK!...
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*Tuesday, May 27th, 2008*

Underoath
UNDEROATH have announced five headlining U.S. dates between July 2 and 8 before their summer run on the Rockstar Mayhem Festival. The group hand-selected hip-hop artist POS and the rock group Ill Patriot to support them on the week-long trek. The band discovered POS (aka Steph) after he had sampled one of their songs. UNDEROATH’s keyboardist CHRIS DUDLEY explains: “I actually found out about POS from our manager who went to a POS show and heard him sample one of our songs. As soon as I got the CD I was blown away by it-- he’s a breath of fresh air in hip-hop, a genre I feel is riddled with uninspired acts...
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Brandon Heath
Acclaimed singer/songwriter and New Artist of the Year (39th Annual GMA Dove Awards), Brandon Heath is set to release his anticipated sophomore album What If We on Aug. 19. Teaming up again with producer Dan Muckala, Heath’s What If We follows up his breakthrough debut project, Don’t Get Comfortable, which delivered the No. 1 smash-hit, and Song of the Year nominee, “I’m Not Who I Was,” granting Heath his first nomination for Songwriter of the Year at last month’s GMA Dove Awards...
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Christian metal label Sancrosanct Records proudly announces the inclusion of their newest family member, Indiana's The Blood Reckoning. Having recently released an EP independently, The Blood Reckoning is set to record and release their label debut later this summer. "Our ministry revolves around love," says front man Blake Allen. "We don't pressure people or shove our beliefs down their throat, but reach kids on a personal basis and connect with them through...
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*Monday, May 26th, 2008*

Destroy The Runner
Last year, Destroy The Runner vocalist Kyle Setter exited the band to pursue other interests. In hopes to clarify the issue, Setter approached JFH about answering the fans' burning question -- "why leave?" Here's what Kyle told us, "Destroy The Runner just released their sophomore album I, Lucifer on Solid State Records and I honestly believe it's awesome! The definition for sophomore is an American English term used to describe a second effort, and I believe that they made an amazing second effort that will help their carriers...
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Fusebox
Worship band Fusebox has been laying low for the past couple years, taking a bit of a break while lead singer Billy Buchanan pursued more of a solo effort while leading worship at his church. The band last released an album in 2004 entitled Once Again and had been working on their junior release, Transparent, for a few years before Buchanan released it as a solo album last year. This week, Buchanan gave an update on the band, announcing their prolonged break from music as Fusebox, "Fusebox will be taking an extended hiatus..."
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*Friday, May 23rd, 2008*

Superchick
Inpop Records’ sister-fronted rock band Superchick prepares for the June 24 release of Rock What You Got, its first new studio project in three years. Produced by the band’s own Max Hsu (Superchick, tobyMac, newsboys), Rock What You Got finds Superchick honing a “rock-o-tronic” sound, an electro-punk mash-up of slashing guitars, pulsing keyboards and grit-pop vocals. Superchick will offer an exclusive preview of the new full-length project via a digital EP at iTunes beginning May 27...
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Tenth Avenue North
Reunion recording artist Tenth Avenue North has spent the past week atop the iTunes charts with its national debut Over and Underneath claiming the No. 1 Christian Album spot and “Love Is Here” in the Top 10 on the iTunes Christian Songs Chart. The album has also been in iTunes’ Top 50 overall sales chart, which ranks all genres of music available on the site. These sales rankings are not typically achieved by new artists at street week. In addition, Tenth Avenue North spent part of its street week in Orlando, Fl. visiting media and radio, and performed for a...
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Sarah MacIntosh
Sarah MacIntosh continues to brand herself as a stand-out solo artist with her critically acclaimed album The Waiters, The Watchers, The Listeners, The Keepers, And Me. In addition to her radio success and praise from music critics, MacIntosh recently signed an extensive distribution deal with KOCH Entertainment. “Sarah's voice is unlike any I have heard and not soon forgotten," said Barry Landis, Head of KOCH Records' Christian label activities. "Her talent is among the best I have ever had the privilege of working with; a natural gift, not fabricated and obviously God given."...
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Red
Got a mess of news for you guys again on Provident's artists... Dove Award-winning rock band Red will see its brand-new music video, “Already Over,” added into rotation at MTV2, starting tomorrow (5/24). The video is already being featured at MTV2’s “You Rock the Deuce” section of its website, http://www.mtv2.com/#series/23643. Red will rock it out this Sunday night (5/25), in the hometown of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame...
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*Thursday, May 22nd, 2008*

SCC
As the news keeps flooding in from different sources and friends respond to this horrible tragedy, details on how you can support Steven Curtis Chapman and his family have been released. Thanks for keeping them in your special prayers. Read below... ~ JFH The Chapman family we would like to let you know that they have requested in lieu of flowers donations be made to Shaohannah’s Hope Ministry. Donations can be made to the below P.O. Box and at www.showhope.org/maria or www.shaohannahshope.org/maria...
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Third Day
Atlanta-based rock band Third Day kicks things up a notch as it claims a spot in the Top 5 on Radio & Records’ Christian AC chart. “Call My Name,” the first single from its upcoming Revelation (releasing on July 29), slams into the Top 5 at Christian AC radio, after it had already become the highest-ever debut for a Third Day single on the chart. The song is currently No. 7 on the Radio & Records’ CHR chart. According to Christian Radio Weekly, in just six weeks “Call My Name” has reached an incredible 19.6 million in cumulative listener impressions, making it the No. 1 Christian song in the country in terms of impressions alone. 19.6 million impressions...
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Ashmont Hill
Axiom Records group Ashmont Hill is excited to announce their current venture in signing with World Vision. World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families, and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice. With years of experience in the mission field members Phil, Wil, Deborah and April take this on with a dedicated heart to help those in need. The option of signing with World Vision...
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*Wednesday, May 21st, 2008*

SCC
We really hate reporting news like this. Please, please keep the Chapman family in your prayer during this immensely trying time. We just got news that one of their little adopted daughters was accidentally killed today when her brother hit her with his car. It absolutely grieves us to hear this news, so please keep this family in your prayers. Thank you. This article below is borrowed from the Tennessean. Click here for the article link...
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Amy Grant
Amy Grant’s 1988 album LEAD ME ON, ranked the #1 modern Christian record of all time by CCM Magazine, will be reissued in an expanded two-disc twentieth anniversary edition through Sparrow Records on June 24. A 20-city tour (recreating the original Lead Me On Tour) is planned for October. LEAD ME ON, featuring the title track, “1974,” “Saved by Love,” and “If These Walls Could Speak,” will contain a bonus disc including interviews with Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith, four unreleased live cuts from the Lead Me On Tour...
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Brooke Barrettsmith
Chicago native Brooke Barrettsmith will release her self-titled, debut album with Essential Records on Aug. 19. She has written a collection of uniquely crafted songs, melding her love of musical influences Jeremy Camp, Daughtry and Kelly Clarkson, with passionate lyrics reflecting messages of faith and encouragement. The debut is produced by Aaron Sprinkle (Jeremy Camp, Kutless, The Almost) and Rob Hawkins (Fireflight, Jackson Waters). Barrettsmith says, “I hope these songs inspire listeners to be bold and not ashamed of their faith in Christ because that’s a...
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GMA
Artists, songwriters and worship leaders will come to GMA Music in the Rockies to be a part of the premier gathering, training camp, and competition, and some will come away with even more – including top prizes offered by Centricity Music and Walt Disney World. And, just for signing up on the website at www.musicintherockies.com, entrants will be eligible for a chance to win an iPod and other free stuff. GMA Music in the Rockies is planned for August 3-9, 2008...
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Joel Auge
Canadian worship artist and songwriter Joel Augé will offer his eclectic and authentic brand of worship music with the July 1, 2008 release of On The Blue, an Integrity Music release. With On The Blue, Augé offers 12 songs about faith and love that are vertically inspired and deeply introspective. All are delivered on a canvas of art-rock, folk and pop by Augé, with help from producer Stephen Leiweke, who has recently been...
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Underground Sound, Volume One, the first project in a new CD series that will introduce Christian music fans to the hottest up-and-coming acts in Christian music today, will be released by NuSpring Records on May 27, 2008, distributed by EMI-CMG. With the street date around the corner, the album is achieving unprecedented radio success with three Top 20 singles in multiple formats, with two more waiting in the wings. "Carl Cartee's 'Trust In You' is fast becoming a hit at Soft AC/Inspirational radio!" says radio promoter Mark Giles at Hit Radio Promo...
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Tye Tribbett
Stand Out, the eagerly anticipated new full-length live album from the contemporary gospel singer/songwriter/performer Tye Tribbett and his gospel choir and musical ensemble, G.A. (Greater Anointing), have just entered the Billboard Top Gospel Albums chart at #1. Released on Tuesday, May 6, Stand Out is Tribbett's second straight #1 Gospel debut, following the precedent established by Victory Live!, the gospel artist's last album, which entered the Top Gospel Albums chart at #1 after its release in May 2006...
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Sandi Patty
Sandi Patty astounds listeners once again with her 30th studio album Songs For The Journey as the legendary artist continues make her mark in music, drawing attention from press all around the country. With her latest record dropping less than a week ago, the renowned gospel music singer has already caught the interest from Christian Music Today receiving a four out of five stars being described as “the Sandi Patty people know and love—big-voiced...
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*Tuesday, May 20th, 2008*

Flyleaf
Earlier today, Flyleaf announced the cancellation of several shows due to lead vocalist Lacey Mosley once again experiencing vocal problems. Only hours after the cancellation news, Lacey posted a personal apology to fans, along with the glimmer of hope of new music to (finally!) come from the band in the months ahead, "I'm very sorry about having to cancel the last 5 shows of our tour with Seether. I'm trying to quit crying when I think about all the people I have let down, but I pray that there will be grace and understanding to help me through this time...
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Cindy Morgan
With her first venture into producing her own record, Cindy Morgan seems to have found her niche. Christian Music Today calls her brand new album ‘Beautiful Bird’, “hands down, the best album of Cindy Morgan's career, offering her strongest, most consistent batch of songs while continuing to demonstrate an ear for solid pop craftsmanship.” Beautiful Bird returns Morgan to her Appalachian roots, and is a mix of all the musical styles Morgan has been a fan of. “It is a mix of Pop, Appalachia, Country, and Symphonic."...
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toby
It's official! Select theaters across the country will show TobyMac's new live recording Alive and Transported on June 9th! And even some lucky fans in Oklahoma will get to see the video at the theater with TobyMac and his crew in the audience, "Alive and Transported, the new live concert DVD & CD from tobyMac and DiverseCity, hits stores on Tuesday May 27th. The concert will also be shown on theater screens across the country -ONE NIGHT ONLY- Monday June 9th. To find out which movie theaters are participating, visit www.thebiggerpicture.us/tobymac/ - more theaters will...
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Since October
Being humbled through life's experiences, the Florida natives, who call themselves Since October, prepare to release their national label debut on Tooth&Nail Records in one week. Their musical unveiling, This Is My Heart, releases May 27th, following the successful debut digital single, "Disaster," which is currently charting on the rock chart. Produced by Travis Wyrick (P.O.D., Pillar, Disciple), This Is My Heart is an honest and vulnerable musical portrait Since October hopes that listeners grab hold from the collection of heavy rock songs with no hidden agenda beyond connecting...
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Jake Smith
The new EP All That We’ll Ever Need from New Orleans-based indie singer/songwriter Jake Smith releases today, May 20. Recorded in Nashville with producer Joe Causey, the project not only captures a live more acoustic sound from Smith but also communicates his aim to find hope and endurance in the middle of life’s circumstances. “I’ve found in my life that more than knowledge or ability or the exact answers, what we need is hope! We chase after dreams...
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pureNRG
Fervent Records popular tween group, pureNRG, released their sophomore project, Here We Go Again, on April 29th and the brand new CD debuted at No. 2 on the SoundScan Christian/Gospel Christian Retail chart last week (May 7, 2008). At the same time, the album also landed in the Top 10 Christian Albums at iTunes. “Everyone at Fervent is so excited about pureNRG and the positive message they are bringing to kids,” says Susan Riley, Word Label Group...
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Flame Cross Movement Records' Christian Rap artist FLAME is scheduled to shoot his music video for the rock and hip hop meshed JOYFUL NOISE single from his Billboard chart-topping album OUR WORLD REDEEMED on Friday, May 23 in Atlanta, GA. The music video will also feature Christian Rock artist John Reilly (of the Philly based band Reilly) and Reach Records' Christian Rap artist Lecrae. Written by FLAME and labelmate Da TRUTH, JOYFUL NOISE, which was produced by St Louis based producer Chike...
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Sancrosant Records proudly welcomes the newest family member to its roster of artists. Lansing, Michigan's As Bound With Them brings a new creativity to the modern hardcore genre. Having recently played alongside such national acts as War of Ages, Haste the Day and Oh, Sleeper, As Bound With Them is set for a busy summer touring schedule including two scheduled performances at the 2008 Cornerstone Festival in Bushnel, IL. "Those dudes are really cool, they have a passion missing from a lot of hardcore bands these days" says Todd Hatfield of The Burial. "They really do go all out in worship when they play." Sancrosanct Records will be re-releasing the band's 2007 indie...
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*Monday, May 19th, 2008*

Switchfoot
The multi-Platinum selling rock band Switchfoot was not only featured performing its new song, “This Is Home,” on NBC’s The Tonight Show with Jay Leno last week, but the band’s song, “Dare You To Move,” was sung Tuesday by American Idol® finalist David Cook on the highly rated FOX program. “This Is Home” was written and recorded by Switchfoot for the Walt Disney Studios and Walden Media theatrical release, The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, which released Friday and became the No. 1 movie at the box office over the weekend...
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Jeremy Camp
While in the studio working on his new album, Speaking Louder Than Before, Jeremy Camp has offered fans this new album update, "We have this new web site with tons of things going on. I've been able to blog almost every day for the past three weeks and I love it. I feel as though I have a renewed vision and purpose for everything I am doing and want to stay way more connected. I appreciate you all more than i can express, and am excited about this new chapter in this journey. Please stay connected and pour into one another. Colossians 3:16 says "Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with...
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John Schlitt
Legendary recording artist John Schlitt--solo artist, lead singer for the GRAMMY Award-winning Christian band Petra and former lead singer for the mainstream rock band Head East--is gearing up for the release of his third solo album, The Grafting, releasing June 24, 2008, on 4K Records. With more than three decades worth of water under the musical bridge, Schlitt has earned multiple Gold Records, GRAMMYs and Dove Awards. He's toured all over the world and has been inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame. After 20 years fronting Petra, the most successful rock band in Christian music history, Schlitt is still passionate about the message of the Gospel and is...
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*Friday, May 16th, 2008*

Family Force 5
We're not even going to try to hide our enthusiasm. Family Force 5 has debuted a brand new funky track on their MySpace page today from their upcoming EP! The highly anticipated Dance Or Die EP is a teaser that releases on June 3rd, holding fans over until their even more anticipated full-length sophomore record drops this Summer. The new song "Fever" is just a taste of what's to come and we have to admit we're liking what we're hearing! In a recent audio blog, the band has also announced their new fan club, "Fortune 5 Club," coming soon. The blog mentions its launch as being today, but their site still says "Coming Soon." To hear the new song and for the very...
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33Miles
33Miles’ lead singer Jason Barton and his wife Jennifer were selected as the lead-in story in Redbook’s June feature “The State of Our Unions” where nine couples opened up on the basic principles and challenges of marriage. Reaching over two million readers as one of today’s leading women’s publications, Jason and Jennifer talked with Redbook magazine regarding their choice to have a covenant marriage, raising two sons, the importance of faith in their relationship and even about miscarriages the couple had earlier in their marriage. “Jason and I believe that God designed marriage as a covenant, a binding promise never to be broken...
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Indie Vision Music is offering the second volume of their Summer sampler for free right now -- and you can get 52 downloads for FREE... yeah, that's not a typo. Here's more info straight from the IVM mouth, "We now present to you our latest FREE Digital Compilation and is a sequel of sorts to our 2006 compilation by the name of Summer Slam. This one is Vol. 2 and it rocks! Bands of all styles should appeal to varying tastes and there is enough music here to make all of you happy. So let’s get on with it…...
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*Thursday, May 15th, 2008*

Superchick
Ah the beauty of free music. Superchick has finally released some new music off their upcoming new album Rock What You Got before its June 24th release date. But, you don't just get to hear it -- you get to keep it! Check out the link below in the band's announcement, give them your email address and they'll send you a link to download a new signature Superchick rock anthem, "For a limited time, Superchick is offering a FREE full length download of "Alive" from the new album...
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Skillet
Atlantic/LAVA/Ardent/INO rockers Skillet completed their “COMATOSE” headline tour with Thousand Foot Krutch and Decyfer Down this past weekend to a SOLD OUT crowd in Lancaster, PA., something they got used to during the 2.5 month tour with 60 % of the shows selling out, turning away hundreds, while packing out houses in Birmingham, AL (2482/The Basement), Kansas City, MO (1870/First Baptist Raytown), Des Moines (1656/Val Air Ballroom), Chicago (1142/House of Blues), Springfield, MO (1817/Remington’s), Anderson, IN (1383/Reardon Auditorium) and South Bend, IN (Elco Theater/1665)...
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I Am Terrified
The metal core band I Am Terrified has inked a recording deal with Mono-Vs-Stereo and will unveil their six-song EP digitally early July via iTunes and at live shows. The Birmingham-based quintet includes the three founding members, guitarist Jeremy Folse, vocalist and main songwriter Patrick Schefano, and Joel Bailey on drums, with bassist Dustin Carter and guitarist Brandon Henderson rounding out the mix. No stranger to touring, the band has spent over six years worth of constant gigs and draws upwards of 1,000 fans per show...
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Francesca Battistelli
Fervent Records is proud to announce the CD release from new artist Francesca Battistelli, a talented singer/songwriter who has been ready to share her adventurous musical talents since she was just six years old. Her major label debut, My Paper Heart, releases July 22nd, 2008 (Word Distribution). It was inevitable for Francesca Battistelli to pursue a musical career, being born to parents with an extensive theater background – they met when her dad was the assistant conductor for the traveling production of “The King and I;” her mom played...
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ACM
We were pretty honored to find that new Christian music online blog AccessChristianMusic.com has selected Jesusfreakhideout.com as "Best Christian Music News Site" for their "2008 ACM Awards - Where Christian Music & Technology Collide!" The winning selection, which joins the likes of Newsboys as "Most Connected Artist" and "Most Innovative Artist," Third Day for "Best Artist Blog," and Warren Barfield for "Best Artist Site," among others, reads...
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Casting Crowns
The anticipated world premiere of the powerful new music video “Slow Fade” from Christian music’s top-selling artist Casting Crowns, launches next week exclusively at Yahoo! on Wednesday, May 21. The video will go live on Yahoo! Music’s homepage at midnight EST on Tuesday, and will have homepage and video premier page placement. Casting Crowns is in line with Yahoo’s recent premieres from Sugarland, Kid Rock, Scarlett Johansson and Rascal Flatts. As one of the most visited U.S. websites, the average Yahoo! Music video premiere...
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*Wednesday, May 14th, 2008* ~ Late Night UPDATE

Family Force 5
On the brink of a highly anticipated sophomore release, Family Force 5 revs up with brand new material on iTunes, including both a three-song EP Dance or Die available this coming June 3rd, as well as Blingin’ Blogs Volume 1, a collection of 12 audio blogs with over 70 minutes of content available May 27th. The Dance or Die EP will include three new songs available for .99cents each on iTunes. Fans will also be able to pick the packaged album up at tour dates beginning with the Warped Tour this summer...
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Phil Wickham
With an amazing string of successes with her 2006 debut, Gotee Records’ GRAMMY- nominated singer/songwriter Ayiesha Woods is poised to release her next musical installment with Love Like This, set to street late Summer 2008. Love Like This features 11 songs produced by Chris Stevens (TobyMac, Mandisa) and Jamie Moore (CeCe Winans, TobyMac). Song titles include “Love Can't Wait,” “Because of You,” “Love Like This,” “New Beginnings,”...
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Michael W. Smith
Michael W. Smith, Seabourne Pictures and Randall House have joined forces to produce an innovative new small group study series on DVD called C2: Giving Movies a Second Look. C2 is designed to help individuals develop critical thinking skills when watching movies. With Love At First Sight [Volume One] and Relapse [Volume Two] shipping to retail July 7 through Randall House, Spring Arbor and STL, C2 is expected to help meet the increased demand for DVD curriculum, as well as the growing demand from fans of Christian films...
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Code Of Ethics
Christian Rock Band Code Of Ethics makes their return to ICHTHUS Festival June 11-14 2008 in Wilmore KY. The new passion of Code of Ethics founder and front man Barry Blaze will be heard on the EDGE STAGE Saturday June 14 at 6:00PM through the new music of CODE OF ETHICS. The new CD is scheduled to be release in the summer of 2008. This will be the first release for C.O.E. since their Dove award nominated CD "BLAZE" in 2000...
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SONICFlOOd
SONICFLOOd is gearing up for the Fall 2008 release of their new studio album, and they are letting their fans be part of the process. “You Be the Executive Producer,” will allow fans the opportunity to: vote for the artwork for the new cover, vote for the title of the album, get their names in the credits as an Executive Producer, get a digital copy of the album the day of release, and get the opportunity to be in the new SONICFLOOd video...
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Project 86
Ah, we love exciting news like this to brighten up a Wednesday. This just in from Project 86 who've begun working on their next record. Also, be on the look out for our recent interview with Andrew Schwab which nicely coincides with this announcement, "And it has begun again. The P86 boys have just officially begun writing new music, for what promises to be another prolific and exciting chapter for all of us. As we write this new material, we want your input...and we will be involving you even more than ever before in the process...
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Warren Barfield
This may be a first, but our friends at Provident Music Group are offering music fans ANOTHER chance to get Warren Barfield's new album Worth Fighting For for a really low price for just a 24-hour period. This sale allows fans to pick up the record for only $7.99. The sale is only 24-hours long, available at MusiChristian.com from 9AM CST tomorrow until 9AM CST Friday, May 16! All orders also include FREE Shipping...
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U.S. performing right organization BMI will host a Latin Christian music showcase at this year’s Expolit conference in Miami on Monday, May 19 from 4 to 6 p.m. The conference will be held at the Sheraton Hotel Miami Mart, 711 NW 72nd Ave, Miami. Expolit is an international Christian music conference serving the Hispanic community. The showcase will be open to convention registrants and invited guests. Performing at the showcase will be Christian pop/gospel artist Paulina Aguirre, acoustic singer/songwriter...
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On July 1st, Gene Peoples of SkyCity Records will be releasing a single called “Praise” by a group of young ladies, Ahisa, Kimera, Vonda, and Tiffany, otherwise known as 4LOVE. These lovely and talented singers can “do it all,” from traditional church sounds to urban contemporary upbeats with heartfelt, inspirational artistry. The world will get a chance to embrace their diverse body of work with their upcoming single. The single can be found on their upcoming self-titled album in stores in November 2008 and will be at radio on July 1st. The radio single was produced by Peoples who is known as a versatile man of music as a...
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*Wednesday, May 14th, 2008*

Warren Barfield
Warren Barfield's powerful and life-changing song, "Love Is Not A Fight," continues to stir hearts wherever it's heard. Click the link to watch the brand-new music video, then read below, as fans, along with radio and media professionals, react to the song. "Love Is Not A Fight" is the current radio single from Warren's May 20-release, Worth Fighting For, and will play an integral role in the upcoming film, Fireproof...
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CeCe Winans
On Wednesday, May 14th fans throughout the U.S. can tune into NBC's Today Show to catch CeCe Winans in the ten o'clock hour chatting about her upcoming participation in AARP's star- studded 50th Anniversary musical. The once in a lifetime mega-event is directed by Golden Globe, Emmy and Tony award -winning producer and choreographer Debbie Allen featuring heavy-weight female vocalists such as: Chaka Khan, Dionne Warwick, Queen Latifah, Patti Austin, Shirley Caesar, Yolanda Adams, Ann Nesby and others. The two-hour event titled Songs of Soul and Inspiration will take place at the Philips Arena in...
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Kutless
In anticipation of the forthcoming June 24th studio project, To Know That You're Alive, BEC Recordings' rockers, Kutless, are currently giving away their first single of the album for free. The debut rock single "The Feeling" is available for download at the exclusive Kutless studio website that features blogs, updates and photos throughout the recording process. Downloads of the song began on Friday at 3 pm Pacific and an hour later more than 1,000 downloads had been given away. Currently the band has given away an astonishing 12,500+ downloads of their single. "We are very excited to give away our first single," shares lead singer Jon Micah Sumrall...
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*Tuesday, May 13th, 2008*

Seabird
Cincinnati-based piano-rock outfit Seabird will release its Credential Recordings debut, Til We See the Shore, on June 24. Already generating an early buzz among critics, the project contains songs of real life struggles, relationships, losses, bittersweet goodbyes and the courage to share love. “We want to invite the listener to share the emotions, victories and defeats we all experience as normal, everyday people,” says frontman Aaron Morgan. “There is a redemptive quality present in this record, even in the darker moments. We hope it...
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*Monday, May 12th, 2008*

Seventh Day Slumber
After six top ten R&R Christian Rock singles, four No. 1 Rock hits, three R&R Christian CHR top five hits, a BMI Award and Dove nominations, Seventh Day Slumber has recorded Spanish versions of their hits from their past three BEC Recordings' albums in one special release entitled "Rescatame." This album will bring Seventh Day Slumber's music and message to the Hispanic community in which lead singer, Joseph Rojas, was born. Seventh Day Slumber was deeply honored when Latin Grammy-award winning writer and producer, Soraya, contributed her translation and production talents to this album. Soraya had been moved by the lyrical content of...
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Switchfoot
The multi-Platinum selling rock band Switchfoot will perform “This Is Home” on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno tomorrow (May 13). “This Is Home” was written and recorded by Switchfoot for the highly anticipated Walt Disney Studios and Walden Media May 16 theatrical release, The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian. The song will be heard in the body of the film and over the end title credits of the film, and will appear on the Original Walt Disney Records Soundtrack CD releasing May 13...
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Norma Jean
The ANTI MOTHER is coming... NORMA JEAN--now in the studio with producer Ross Robinson (Slipknot, The Cure, Deftones, At The Drive In, Glassjaw) and engineer Ryan Boesch--will deliver their fourth album THE ANTI MOTHER late this summer on indie Solid State Records (exact release date TBA). For a few of the album's songs, the band wrote in collaboration separately with Page Hamilton of Helmet and Chino Moreno of Deftones. THE ANTI MOTHER marks the follow-up to the Atlanta-based post hardcore group's critically lauded 2006 Redeemer album, hailed by Revolver magazine as "a menacingly brutal slab of noisecore with just the right hint of melody...
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Jeff Deyo
Earlier this year, former dc Talk vocalist Kevin Max teamed up with indie movie producers to put together a new, gritty Christian film titled The Imposter. The film also features former Sonicflood vocalist Jeff Deyo in his acting debut, and Deyo's team just announced the debut of the film's first trailer! Below is Deyo's announcement along with the YouTube video. While it's tough to say how the film be just based on this trailer alone, it's worth a peek, "Ladies and Gents, please note that the long awaited IMPOSTER MOVIE TRAILER is up on youtube. This is the unfinished "raw" version...
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Superchick
With Superchick's long awaited new album, Rock What You Got, dropping this June 24th, guitarist Dave Ghazarian has given fans a recent update on the record and tour, "Greetings earthlings and those awaiting the new Superchick Album! This is Dave finally emerging from the rubble from a year jam packed with recording and touring! We have been working like crazy on our up coming album since last fall and I have to say I have never seen one go down like this! Everybody has been stepping up to the plate to outperform anything we've ever recorded and to musically go where no man (or chick) has gone before...
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The Listening
All's been quiet from indie rock act The Listening for quite some time. However, we're starting to hear some rumblings from within that we just might be hearing more from these guys again real soon (yeah, we're pretty stoked). The voice and front man for The Listening (some may remember the band when they were previously known as "The Rock N Roll Worship Circus"), Gabriel Wilson, has made the thrilling announcement of some new happenings, including some up coming shows. Here's the short and sweet update from Gabe...
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*Saturday, May 10th, 2008*

Inhabited
At the end of April, 7 Spin recording artists Inhabited released for download an "uncensored" remix of their hit pop song "Hush," complete with controversial lyrics. In the lyrics, the band states "turn down the guitars and the snare a little bit / not gonna listen / won’t make sucky music so my records will play" and "They said just sing these words and you’ll sound real nice / Something more like Barlow Girl, do something right / Ain’t got nothing against ‘em but it just ain’t me." Obviously, this caused a bit of a stir and so just today, the band has issued an explanation of their original intent...
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*Friday, May 9th, 2008*

JFH
In an exciting move for music fans and musicians, JesusFreakHideout.com announces the re-launch of its Indie Music section. This section of the popular website, titled The State of Independents, will be devoted to assessing the conditions of independent music, critiquing indie acts and sharing these acts with its readers. JFH aims to give indie acts a chance to be heard and highlighted. “There is a lot of great music being created by independent Christian artists today. As the business model continues to evolve in the music industry, independent artists are finding more opportunities than ever. The State of Independents is a reflection of what's happening in the industry," notes industry veteran Robert Tyson...
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Marvin Sapp
An intensely pure and impassioned refrain expressing how God’s grace helped Marvin Sapp through one of the most difficult times of his life has become a triumphant anthem that has taken radio by storm. This week, after spending 32 weeks as the #1 song at gospel radio, Marvin Sapp’s “Never Would Have Made It” becomes the longest running #1 radio single across all formats in the history of the BDS chart and surpasses former record-shattering hits that have topped the Adult Contemporary, Rock, Hot AC and Regional Mexican charts for 25 weeks or more...
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Day Of Fire
In a video blog posted today, former Essential Records rock band Day Of Fire has asked fans to help finance their next project. Now touring and recording as an independent act, DOF is hoping to release new music to fans and have asked listeners to become a part of it, "Here it is! Your chance to be part of the next DoF record! We have new music and we need your help to record it. Clink the link below the video...
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Kutless
Kutless fans don't have to wait until June to not only hear but have new music from the BEC Recordings rock band. Today, Kutless made this announcement to download their new single "The Feeling" for free, "It's that time! Just as we promised! You can now be the first to hear our BRAND NEW Single "The Feeling"! Click here and get your FREE download!!! We really hope you enjoy! We would love to hear what you think about it...
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Chasing Victory
Some Chasing Victory fans have noticed the band's recent postings of a few new concert dates on the band's official myspace page. Today the band broke their silence about these curious concert dates and made this announcement, "SHOWS COMING UP! As you can see, we are reuniting for a few shows coming up. They are both sure to be a lot of fun so you guys grab your friends and come out!"...
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MercyMe
MercyMe's new music video for its new single, "You Reign," will have its world premiere online on Yahoo! Music (screen capture above) today. Click here to see the video. Gospel Music Channel will broadcast the TV premiere of the video on Saturday. The new video is also unique in that it showcases a fans-eye view of a live MercyMe performance. In January, INO Records and MercyMe held a contest offering two fans in three different markets (one from a local radio station and one from an online...
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downhere
Centricity Music has announced that five songs from three of their artists are featured on the “Party of Five: The Complete Third Season” five-disc DVD set. Circleslide’s “Next Best Thing” and “Little Bird,” “The Invitation” and “I Can’t Lose Forever” by downhere and newcomer Lanae Hale’s “Alive Again” are included in five different episodes of the 25-episode season. Hale’s song in particular was a specific selection of the producers and the studio (Sony), chosen over songs like Joan Armatrading’s “A Woman in Love” for use in its particular scene. “The artists of Centricity are truly making an impact,” says Steve Ford, Centricity Vice President, Sales and Marketing...
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EMI CMG
Ten years ago, just as an emerging generation of new worship leaders began transforming corporate worship, WorshipTogether.com was launched to carry this infectious new worship beyond the corridors of the church sanctuaries to impact the church and culture on a daily basis. WorshipTogether.com now unveils a major website upgrade to carry its commitment to its position as the innovative leader in online worship community and resources into the next decade, announced Jimi Williams, director of Worship Resources for EMI CMG Publishing, which operates WorshipTogether.com...
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Casting Crowns
Casting Crowns, featured guests Leeland and breakout artist John Waller, also known as “The Altar and The Door Tour,” just tapped off a year of memorable concert events, joining record-breaking crowds in 83 markets and tallying more than 450,000 in attendance nationwide since September. “Our goal from the beginning was to point people to a daily walk with Jesus through our music and testimonies,” says Mark Hall of Casting Crowns. “I believe God has honored our efforts and people saw and heard Him clearly!” Standing steady as the highest-grossing tour in Christian music for the 2007-2008 season, the tour captured countless...
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*Thursday, May 8th, 2008*

Tenth Avenue North
Reunion recording artist Tenth Avenue North is featured in the May 10 edition of Billboard Magazine. The piece highlights the band’s momentum at radio and consistent success on the road. Deborah Evans Price, Billboard’s Christian/gospel music correspondent, also underscores the band’s unique lyrical depth as a distinguishing feature; a consistent opinion among listeners. Click on the PDF link to access the full story...
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SCC
During GMA Week 2008, Steven Curtis Chapman paid a surprise visit to the McCain & Co. Media Suite to check in on several of the legends of the Christian music industry--Steve and Tim Archer, David Meece, Dallas Holm and Don Francisco. The pioneering artists, who are featured on the upcoming The Beginnings Concert DVD/CD collection, had a busy week in Nashville, interviewing and meeting with many members of the media, including "The 700 Club," "Life Today with James Robison," Moody Radio, ChristianityToday.com and Lifeway.com, among others...
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Indelible Creative Group has recently been recognized as a part of the family of products featured in Outreach Magazine’s “Resource of the Year Award” for 2007. The DVD project, Wherever You Are is one of a number of entities in the 3:16 Campaign, which was inspired by Max Lucado’s book 3:16 The Numbers of Hope (Thomas Nelson). This award is given yearly by Outreach Magazine to the resource with the biggest impact on evangelism and outreach, and the greatest potential to continue in the future. This award was announced in the May/June 2008 issue of the magazine and highlights all of the elements included in the 3:16 Campaign and the 3:16 Challenge, which encourages Christians to reach 316 million people with the Gospel message found in John 3:16...
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*Wednesday, May 7th, 2008*

The Myriad
A week before the release of their new project, With Arrows, With Poise, slated to release on Koch Records on Tues., May 13, The Myriad hit the top of the MTV video charts, becoming the #1 most played video on MTV and also secured the #4 music video chart position on M2 with “A Clean Shot.” “We are surprised and humbled by just how much MTV has gotten behind our music,” states Steven Tracy, guitarist for The Myriad. “Working with them has been an amazing experience, and we are so thankful for the support they have given us.”...
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Article One
Pop/rock outfit Article One will release its second project with Inpop Records, Colors and Sounds, on May 27, 2008. Produced by Tedd T. (Mute Math, newsboys), Colors and Sounds is a departure from Article One’s conventional style, stretching the band artistically. “Our first record was straightforward pop/rock. The sound was very clean,” says frontman Nathan Piché (vocals/guitars/keys). “Our goal for Colors and Sounds was to keep the pop/rock accessibility of the first record, while adding more artistic elements, such as an emphasis on Matt’s violin because it is so unique. More than just a collection of songs, this record has a lot of cool moments and textures.”...
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Hillsong United
Musicians, students, youth leaders and worship leaders will gather in Houston August 22-23, 2008 for the Hillsong United Conference which brings the world-class modern worship band for its only youth conference in the United States this year. The Hillsong United Conference will be held at Grace Community Church at 14505 Gulf Freeway in Houston and will feature two days of speaker presentations, teaching and concerts...
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Chris Sligh
As his debut project hits nationwide today and has already become the 2nd best selling download on iTunes® Christian and Gospel chart, American Idol Season 6 finalist Chris Sligh is wowing critics from coast to coast with “Running Back to You.” In addition to the album’s launch, Sligh’s first single, “Empty Me,” is already a top 20 R&R Christian AC hit and is swiftly climbing R&R’s CHR chart as well. US Weekly Magazine caught up with Sligh this week...
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With experiences such as touring the world, recording with renowned producers and selling millions of records, one would think they have it all. But Jason Truby knew he had to stay true to himself. You may know the name Jason Truby from his days in the band Living Sacrifice or as part of P.O.D., when he joined the group back in 2003. But this famed guitarist, once mentored by Phil Keaggy and who has since graduated to be his peer and friend, has been writing and performing music for eighteen years and teaching himself every step along the way...
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*Tuesday, May 6th, 2008*

POD
After having to reschedule their Tonight Show appearance in April, P.O.D. will hit the late night show’s stage this Wednesday May 7th to perform "Tell Me Why" acoustic, backed by a string quartet. P.O.D. recently reclaimed their place atop the rock scene with their highly-acclaimed INO/Columbia Records debut, When Angels & Serpents Dance. The disc nabbed the #9 spot on Billboard’s Albums Chart and #1 on the Contemporary Christian SoundScan chart, marking P.O.D.'s fourth Top 10 release...
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Family Force 5
New Family Force 5 music is coming? Apparently so! (And color us stoked) Here's the band's teaser announcement. We'll post more as soon as we know, "We have an awesome announcement! Our new EP “Dance or Die” will be coming out soon! So keep your eyes and ears open for more updates about it in the near future!" For an image of the EP cover, view the Full Report!
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Warren Barfield
Once again, our friends at Provident Music Group are offering music fans a chance to get Warren Barfield's new album Worth Fighting For for only $6.99! The sale is only 24-hours long, available at MusiChristian.com from 9AM CST today til 9AM CST tomorrow! Visit to MusiChristian.com order! Worth Fighting For drops May 20th....
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Plumb
"XM Satellite Radio, America's no. 1 satellite radio service (featuring 68 commercial free music channels), is assembling a small audience of friends and fans of PLUMB for a taping session with the artist on the early afternoon of May 13, 2008 at XM's Washington, DC broadcast studios. The seating for this special program is extremely limited and approximately 40 people will be chosen on a "first-come, first-served" basis determined by when their email is received at XM. If you are interested and are 100% confident...
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Mission Six
New teen band MISSION SIX is currently featured on the Radio Disney Incubator, where the band will be featured during the month of May. The band's debut album Superhero, produced by nationally acclaimed producers/songwriters Kevan Cyka (Hilary Duff, Everlife) and Dan Needham (Jump5), will be released by BEMA Media through Infinity Music Distribution on July 29, 2008. BEMA Media is a new label venture founded by Cyka with industry veterans Don Koch and Tom Johnson. With an intense degree of contagious energy in their show and music, the band is quickly drawing a large fanbase with their...
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*Monday, May 5th, 2008*

Grits
Hip-hop emcees GRITS will release their eighth full-length album, Reiterate, July 29th, a debut of sorts on their own newly launched Revolution Art label. Major distribution to retail for this album and the ensuing label releases will go through the Provident–Integrity Distribution arm, a division of Sony-BMG. In support of their Reiterate release GRITS will go out on the road for the 30 Day Tour, which will take them nationwide mid-July through mid-August. They also will be hitting the summer festival circuit including Agape Fest, Ichthus Festival, Crossover Festival, Rock The Desert, Spirit West Coast, and the NewSong Festival...
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Switchfoot
With the release of the new Chronicles of Narnia film, Prince Caspian and its soundtrack coming next week, Swithfoot's Jon Foreman has shared a bit with fans about their new song written for the film, entitled "This Is Home," "When my brother and I were kids, my dad used to read us CS Lewis books before we went to sleep. So when we were asked to be involved in a movie based on his book, "The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian" - we were honored to be considered. I wanted to capture the longing that is embedded in much of Lewis' writing...
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Phil Wickham
This week fans of INO Records’ artist Phil Wickham can experience him from their very own computer. On May 9th at 7:30PM (PST) Wickham will stream and record his concert LIVE from Portland, OR via www.philwickham.com/blog/. **Wickham has been actively involved in spreading the news about the LIVE showcase by interacting with his listeners through written and video blogs on his website. The singer/songwriter continues to reach new levels in his career as he made his mark as the #74th “Top Watched Musician...
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Meredith Andrews
The Invitation, the debut project from new female vocalist and worship leader, Meredith Andrews, has entered iTunes’ “Top Christian & Gospel Albums” chart at #1. Additionally, four songs from the CD, which released this week, are currently in the Top 100 of iTunes’ “Top Christian & Gospel Songs” chart. The release of The Invitation has been met with critical acclaim from numerous publications including Billboard Magazine, which heralded Andrews as one of 2008’s “Faces to Watch.”...
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Stephanie Smith
Gotee’s pop-rocker Stephanie Smith is gearing up for the debut of Not Afraid this May 27th with rave reviews, major touring, and a new radio single “Renew Me” opening the doors for both her music and message. The release will be available exclusively on iTunes.com and at Smith’s concert dates. This past weekend, the 24-year old Smith returned to perform at Agape Fest, the original stage that lead her to meeting TobyMac and eventually signing a deal with Gotee Records. Smith was the 2006 winner of her alma mater Greenville College’s...
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*Friday, May 2nd, 2008*

The Myriad
KOCH Record’s Seattle-based alternative rock band, The Myriad has been receiving an enormous amount of support from MTV, including massive airplay for the current “A Clean Shot” video and upcoming appearances and features on the network. The Myriad is currently receiving video airplay across all 3 of the MTV Network rock platforms (MTV, MTV Hits and MTV2), as well as on the Discover and Download section of the MTV website...
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Krystal Meyers
19-year old, pop artist Krystal Meyers will soon have a brand-new music video, accompanying the title-track of her forthcoming album, Make Some Noise, which drops September 16, 2008. Below is an image from the music video shoot, which took place this past weekend, in Nashville, Tenn. Also, Matt Maher's April 8-release, Empty & Beautiful, will be heard in space on Space Shuttle Discovery Mission STS-146, scheduled for launch later this month, out of NASA, in Houston...
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POD
P.O.D.'s new "Addicted" video is showing in various places, an edited for TV version is now on MTV2 and will be released to MTVU on Monday. It is also being featured on a few radio stations websites. You can still see the unedited version on both YouTube/ThePODChannel and MySpace. P.O.D. fans were given an exclusive inside look today into the music video as Michael Maxxis gives his Directors Commentary on "Addicted", and we thought you all might like to read it as well, "The song’s message is quite succinctly and directly defined in its name, and I wanted to actualize an array of interpretable images that would symbolically scream it...
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toby
According to an announcement from the TobyMac camp today, you may be able to see the brand new live DVD recording on your local theater's big screen very soon! Here's the announcement, "Experience tobyMac's explosive live show June 9th with Alive and Transported on the big screen one night only! Don't miss these theatre events and your chance to see this live show like never before. Stay tuned for more info regarding cities and theatres!...
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MercyMe
MercyMe has long been interactive with fans via their myspace page, web blogs and mobile broadcasts, but the multi-platinum act recently took that interaction up a notch when six fans won the chance to film MercyMe’s live show and have their footage used in the band’s next music video for their brand new single “You Reign.” In January, INO records and MercyMe launched the contest where two fans could win in three different markets, one from a local radio station and one from an online contest...
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Sandi Patty
Gospel music legend, Sandi Patty set to release her 30th studio recording Songs For The Journey (INO Records), on May 13th. On Songs For The Journey, the five-time GRAMMY Award winner captures the soul, passion and praise of irreplaceable hymns of faith, which have inspired generations past. Through 11 new vibrant performances purposefully chosen to reflect her walk in faith from her childhood to today, listeners are sure to recognize their own stories among the selections, connecting with the struggles, joy, and peace along the way...
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RSJ
The following is a blog written by Rebecca St. James on some inspiration she received at GMA Music Week last week, "I was reminded again at GMA Week last week—being in the midst of the creative people all around and seeing the myriad of new artists, cool young Christian bands and ministries God is bringing to the front—on something Francis Schaeffer, founder of the L'Abri Fellowship Study Center in Huemoz, Switzerland, said. "Art is a reflection of God's creativity, an evidence that we are made in the image of God." God's very nature is to create, and He loves it when His children embrace their God-given creativity...
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Degarmo and Key
Last year’s ASCAP Awards Dinner featured a brief set by Christian rock pioneers DeGarmo & Key, recipients of the Visionary Award. Long known for their live performance, hit songs, and ground breaking videos, the band stepped on stage for their first live performance in a dozen years. The performance was so well received, the Gospel Music Association requested an encore live performance for the 2008 Post Dove Award Party at the Sheraton Music City, and they have also been invited to play select dates including the K-Love Friends & Family Cruise and at the Cornerstone Festival...
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Passion
For the first time, live messages from the founder of the Passion movement are available in retail outlets. Louie Giglio, Visionary Architect and Director of Passion Conferences/sixstepsrecords, shares three of his most compelling talks in The Passion Talk Series (Sparrow/sixstepsrecords), which arrive in retail stores April 29, 2008. The three sought-after DVDs, entitled Indescribable, How Great is Our God, and Hope-When Life Hurts Most, are each accompanied by a corresponding music CD. Each Passion Talk Series DVD is a live video talk containing a full-length message from Giglio, as well as a bonus music CD. Each DVD combo will retail for $14.99 and feature five songs from Passion/sixsteprecords artists, which complement the...
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Rush Of Fools
ASCAP recently awarded Kevin Huguley and Wes Willis from Rush Of Fools, along with Scott Davis, the Song Of The Year Award for "Undo" during the 30th Annual Christian Awards Dinner held in Nashville, Tenn. on April 22, 2008. The recent award accolade builds on the group’s astounding musical achievements since its debut self-titled 2007 CD release which exploded at radio producing the Radio and Records 2007 Song of the Year with “Undo.” The record was also the 2nd best selling new artist release of the year. With unprecedented radio success, multiple Dove Award nominations, exclusive...
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Salvador
In conjunction with Pope Benedict XVI’s recent U.S. visit, Dove Award-winning Word recording artist Salvador performed at the Papal Youth Rally at St. Joseph’s Seminary in Yonkers, New York, which was attended by an estimated 25,000 people. Pictured onstage at the rally are the members of Salvador. Known for their show-stopping, improvisational live performances, the acclaimed Latin/pop band is currently appearing across the country, and the group is slated for a European tour later this spring. Salvador’s eighth recording, Aware, which hit stores Tuesday, was...
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