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May, 2009
*Friday, May 29th, 2009*

TFK
Welcome to our first edition of "JFH News Shorts" where you can get the latest artist updates in short, quick reports... Thousand Foot Krutch: The band just released the cover artwork for their September 8 release of Welcome To The Masquerade today on their Twitter. Check out the cover art inside. NEEDTOBREATHE: The band just debuted their new single "Lay 'Em Down" on their MySpace. Here's their announcement: "It's been a long wait for all of us, but here it is! We just uploaded a new track to the music player from our new record...
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Universal Music Group/Dream Records artist PRESS PLAY is climbing the charts with their debut project, Life is Beautiful. Releasing nationwide on May 19, 2009, the CD debuted this week at #2 on the Billboard Christian chart and #45 on the Billboard Top 200 chart. PRESS PLAY also peaked at #3 on the iTunes Top Christian and Gospel chart on its street date last week. Bringing deeper meaning to the debut band’s iTunes success, PRESS PLAY works continuously at the L.A. & N.Y. based Dream...
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Building429
On June 1, Gospel Music Channel will host the music video premiere for Building 429’s current single “Always,” following the recent online premiere on yahoomusic.com. Check out the music video here. The Dove Award winning band’s current single “Always” has been touching the hearts of America as evidenced by the following comments from fans: “Always” has been a huge encouragement to me as I go through times of asking God why things have to happen...like...
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*Thursday, May 28th, 2009*

Lanae Hale
It was a busy street week for one of the most heralded new singer/songwriters in the Christian music industry, Lanae’ Hale. She hit the road in support of her new album, Back & Forth, which released May 19th. Hale traveled to Chicago for a taped appearance on Moody radio’s national show, Midday Connection, which will air June 11th. The next day Hale was in South Bend...
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*Wednesday, May 27th, 2009*

Phil Wickham
GRAMMY- nominated singer Ayiesha Woods’ hit song “Happy” will be used in the movie My Life In Ruins, which begins showing in theaters nationwide this June 5th. My Life In Ruins is romantic comedy film set amongst the ruins of ancient Greece, starring Nia Vardalos, Richard Dreyfuss, Alexis Georgoulis, Rachel Dratch, Harland Williams and British comedy actor and impressionist Alistair McGowan. The film is about a tour guide whose...
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Centricity Music is happy to announce the signing of worship artist, Matt Papa, to the label’s artist roster. The first project from Papa, Your Kingdom Come, will be released August 18, 2009 and will be distributed by Word Label Distribution Group. Your Kingdom Come was produced Jason Hoard (Fee, John Waller) and Allan Salmon (Lanae’ Hale, This Beautiful Republic, Seabird). The project showcases songs that were written by Papa and takes this self-described...
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Travis Cottrell
Indelible Creative Group continues to expand its reach through the world of music, film and media projects. Established in 2005 by CEO, Chris Thomason, Indelible Creative Group is a music and film company based in Nashville, Tenn. creating experiences through media products that are culturally and spiritually relevant. Indelible currently represents recording artists including Travis Cottrell, Lenny LeBlanc &...
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The Wrecking
The Wrecking has announced an exclusive management agreement with Mark "Traa" Daniels of Ryot Entertainment Group. Based in southern California, Ryot Entertainment specializes in Production, Management, Grass roots promotions, Street Team/Fan Based Development, Image development, Song arrangement, Band and artist infrastructure, Internet and New Media Campaigns, Tour and Booking Assistance, Creative Marketing, and Consulting in all areas of music. Daniels is one of the founding members of the platinum selling band P.O.D....
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*Tuesday, May 26th, 2009*

Philmont
Forefront Records and Philmont joined forces with Steelroots this spring for a new original series of webisodes featuring the Charlotte-based rock band. The webisodes reveal what happens during a day in the life of a touring band. “We only work 20 minutes out of the day so there is a whole lot of downtime,” laughs singer/guitarist Scott Taube. “Probably...
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Hawk Nelson
The question "Where in the World is Hawk Nelson?" would be appropriate for the band that has been coast to coast this year playing in front of more than 350,000 fans with the Winter Jam Tour Spectacular (Jan.-March), REVOLVE tour (Jan.-Feb.), and finished up the Rock and Worship Roadshow in April. Despite this insane touring schedule, fans will be pleased to know that these road warriors have found time to record their fourth studio album in Nashville, TN. The new album "Live Life Loud" will release on Tooth & Nail Records / BEC Recordings this fall, October 6, 2009...
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toby
For the second consecutive year, "The Winter Jam Tour Spectacular,"-- Christian music’s largest annual tour--ranked in the Top 5 largest tours in the world according to Pollstar's First Quarter Attendance Chart. Defying today’s challenging economy by notching yet another record-breaking year, Winter Jam 2009’s combined attendance increased by more than 7 percent over last year’s previous high, while the tour's average nightly attendance increased by more than 4 percent above 2008's record pace...
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Red Umbrella
Although the band just released their sophomore album, Living And Surviving, last Fall, Red Umbrella is already planning to begin work on their third record. Below is an update on recent happenings with the band, "Hello Everyone! Well we have lots of news because we waited so dang long to post any. Lets just get right to it. Our bass player Kevin is getting married in two weeks...
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Mortification
Legendary metal act Mortification is showing no signs of stopping nineteen years since the release of their debut album. The band has just independently released a brand new record entitled the evil addiction destroying machine, which you can pick up online from Soundmass.com. Frontman Steve Rowe has also announced a special 2010 commemorative 20 year anniversary project that is to feature re-recorded classics and other goodies for the fans. Check out the detailed announcement from Steve below!... "Welcome to the backend of May and the front end of the hard copy CDs of Mortification, "the evil addiction destroying machine" in the...
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*Friday, May 22nd, 2009*

Mandisa
It’s a good week to be Mandisa! After being featured on Entertainment Tonight on Wed., Mandisa landed a spot in US Weekly’s “Hot Bodies” issue out on newsstands now. The Freedom singer also attended the highly anticipated season eight finale of American Idol held on Wed. May 20 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, CA. Mandisa spoke with US Weekly while in New York in detail about her 85 pound weight loss. Entertainment Tonight also came...
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*Thursday, May 21st, 2009*

Building429
In an effort to financially aide Ethan Bibb, an 8-year-old boy who is battling Medulloblastoma, a cancer of the brain and spinal cord, Operation Ethan is born. This project will feature a live concert, auction and family fun including bounce houses, crafts, jewelry making, caricatures, and more! The event begins at 10AM on May 30 in Cross Plains, Tenn. at Kilgore Park. INO Records’ Building 429 and 33Miles as well as Word Record’s Pocket Full of Rocks will join the concert bill along...
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Belfast, Ireland-based modern worship band Bluetree, whose acclaimed album, God Of This City, has become one the best selling Christian recordings this year, receives a boost this week from American Idol winner Kris Allen. Allen has been performing the title track to Bluetree’s album, “God Of This City,” a song birthed by the band in a brothel in Thailand. See video of Allen performing the song at http://blog.givmusic.com/. An anthem being sung worldwide, “God Of This City” was written...
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Red
After seeing it’s sophomore album, Innocence & Instinct, debut at No. 15 on The Billboard 200 sales chart in February, GRAMMY-nominated modern rock band Red continues its drive at retail thanks to the multi-format hit single, “Death of Me,” a successful spring headlining tour and a strong response from both national and local media outlets. “Death of Me,” the principal single from Innocence & Instinct, climbs to No. 7 (with a bullet) this week on the Active...
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MercyMe
The all-star lineup on The Rock & Worship Roadshow recently wrapped having stationed in 20 cities before a total of 170,000 screaming fans. Sharing the stage on the Roadshow were multi-platinum selling and GRAMMY ® nominated, Dove and AMA winning band MercyMe along with gold selling and multiple Dove award winner Jeremy Camp, Hawk Nelson, 2009 Dove Award winner for New Artist of the Year Tenth Avenue North and Addison Road. The Roadshow celebrated a sold out crowd of 18,000 in Dallas, TX along with sold out shows in Boise, Portland...
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*Wednesday, May 20th, 2009*

Mac Powell
As a follow-up to their multiple Dove Award-winning 2007 release Glory Revealed: The Word of God in Worship, project visionaries Mac Powell (Third Day) and David Nasser (author/speaker) announce the release of a second CD in the award-winning series, titled Glory Revealed II: The Word of God in Worship. Set for a July 14 release, the Powell-produced project again blends roots-driven worship music with Biblical truth designed to musically stamp the word of God on the heart of listeners. Glory Revealed II features vocals from 21 different artists including Mark Hall, Amy Grant, Sara Evans, Shane & Shane, Natalie Grant and Brandon Heath, among others...
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Amy Grant
Amy Grant will appear alongside Kathie Lee and Hoda on tomorrow’s edition of Today on NBC. The singer will discuss her latest EP titled She Colors My Day and her partnership with the skincare brand philosophy. Today with Kathie Lee and Hoda airs on NBC at 10am EST Mon. through Fri. Alongside her Today appearance, the musician, philanthropist and mother will also speak with...
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Mandisa
Mandisa and her 80+ pound weight loss will be featured on tonight’s edition of Entertainment Tonight. The popular show hosted by Mary Hart and Mark Steines joined Mandisa at her photo shoot for US Weekly and their “Hot Bodies” issue due out on newsstands this Fri., May 22. To find out when Entertainment Tonight airs in your area, visit www.etonline.com. Mandisa, who released her most recent project Freedom in late March, will also be attending...
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High Flight Society
With their second release, High Flight Society has embarked into new musical territory. Titled Par Avion, the EP will release June 12th and feature four brand new tracks, which the band collectively feels are their most ambitious, creative and best songs to date. The title translates from French to “by air.” The term is typically stamped on packages being sent by airmail. While the title aptly fits with the band's name, it was chosen more for the new direction the music has taken...
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*Tuesday, May 19th, 2009*

The following is a letter from Cross Movement Records addressing the recent dropping of The Ambassador from the label... "Dear Body of Christ, It is with much grief, severe disappointment and an overwhelming fear of the Lord that Cross Movement Records is sad to announce that we will be discontinuing the forwarding and promotion of the Artist and Minister, The Ambassador AKA William “Duce” Branch, due to recent findings of moral failure in his marriage...
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Just in time to celebrate Black Music Month in June, Jazz and Gospel great Jonathan Butler releases a brand new collection on June 2, entitled Falling In Love With Jesus: Best of Worship, spanning the greatest praise and worship songs of his career. Falling In Love With Jesus: Best of Worship delivers a powerful anthology of music featuring Butler’s classic, “Falling In Love With Jesus” and many of his other worship favorites...
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Staple
After announcing months ago that they would be reuniting to write, record, and play shows again, hard rock band Staple is ready to release a brand new song. Frontman Darin Keim announced last night that this Saturday, May 23rd, would mark the streaming of a new song, entitled "Eager Hearts," "We are pleased to announce that a new song will be launched each Saturday for the next three weeks. "Eager Hearts" will be...
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*Monday, May 18th, 2009*

Dakoda Motor Co
They're back once again. The California surf-rock band Dakoda Motor Co. is back together again and doing a few shows this Summer, starting with a FREE memorial show this weekend. Below is an exclusive report from DMC bassist Derik Toy about the upcoming benefit show, "It is a basically memorial show for a friend of ours from La Jolla who was killed last year. He got beat up by a local gang, so bad that he died from the injuries... Event details: http://www.birdpresents.com/. Show starts at 5:00...
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RSJ
Grammy Award winning Christian singer Rebecca St. James’ voice is among those being raised loudly this week on the side of life. With the abortion issue on a high note of debate and national consciousness in the wake of President Obama’s controversial appearance over the weekend at Notre Dame’s commencement ceremonies, St. James feels that America cannot be silent on the crucial decision to choose life...
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Everyday Sunday
With their new album less than a month a way (June 16), Everyday Sunday has posted a stream of a brand new remix of the album's title track, "Best Night Of Our Lives" for fans to hear on their MySpace page. The remix, done by Family Force 5 frontman Soul Glow Activatur, will eventually be available on iTunes but can be heard on their MySpace starting today. While there, fans can click on a banner to download the regular album version of the single for FREE...
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Building429
World Vision unveils “World Vision’s Summerfest ’09,” their first-ever summer concert series featuring pop-rock band Building 429. Other acts appearing on stage will be 33Miles, Lanae Hale and new act Kimber Rising. The Summerfest will visit 12-15 cities and it kicks off in Joplin, MO on June 2. World Vision hopes to have more than 800 child sponsorships by the end of the tour...
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Photo op! Inpop Records' Superchick gathers with "Hey, Hey (That's Freedom You Hear)" tour guests Rachel Hockett and Tal & Acacia backstage on May 3, 2009 at the Center for God, Family and Country in Shawnee, Okla. The tour, which visited 17 cities, helped to secure more than 200 child sponsorships for Compassion International...
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Phillip LaRue
This marks Phillip LaRue's fourth song placement on television since the release of his solo debut "Let the Road Pave Itself." The Hills airs Monday at 9:30 pm ET/ PT, 10:00 PM ET/ PT and 11:00 PM EST/ PT. Check it out tonight for Episode 8. Also check out his music video on mtvU.com for "Chasing the Daylight." Phillip LaRue released his solo debut "Let the Road Pave Itself" on April 7th on BEC Recordings. Since the release, he has...
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*Sunday, May 17th, 2009*

Bride
For weeks, legendary Christian metal band Bride has been hard at work demoing for what they're calling the final Bride record. This week, the band is about to enter the studio to record the album, titled Tsar Bomba, and have released a retrospective announcement about the band and the recording process, while asking for the fans to pray for them as they come to the end of their journey as Bride...
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*Thursday, May 14th, 2009*

Plumb
Today, Plumb frontwoman Tiffany Lee announced the Fall release of her next project, a collection titled Beautiful History. Below, the singer/songwriter gives some details of the tentative tracklisting, "I finished a new album... it's called 'Beautiful History' and it's coming out this fall. The lineup of tunes is still being discussed. I'd actually welcome some feedback. Here is the deal...it's 2 brand new songs never heard before... a few remixes that many of you have been obsessed with and most of you have never heard and then a few songs that were elsewhere being placed alongside those...
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Natalie Grant
Curb recording artist and GMA's four-time Female Vocalist of the Year, Natalie Grant, celebrated the RIAA Gold certification of her 2005 breakthrough, Awaken, at a recent event held in Nashville. Awaken, which features the mainstream crossover hit, "Held," poised Grant to become Christian music's top female solo artist...
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Newsboys
newsboys debuted at No. 1 this week on the SoundScan Christian Albums chart with its fourteenth studio release, In The Hands of God. The album, whose title track also recently topped the Christian AC radio chart, additionally claimed No. 1 on the SoundScan Christian Adult Contemporary Albums chart, Soundscan Christian Digital chart, No. 1 on iTunes’ Christian/Gospel Top Albums chart and No. 28 on the Billboard Top 200. The occasion marks Inpop Records’ biggest ever street week in its 10 year history and the first No.1...
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Third Day
Multi-platinum, GRAMMY and AMA winning rock band Third Day just wrapped the “Revelation Tour” which is among its most successful outings ever thanks to sales in excess of 75,000 tickets and more than 1/3 of its dates being sold out. The 35-city run, which welcomed special guests, the GMA “Male Vocalist of the Year” and “Song of the Year” recipient Brandon Heath and new pop/rock band Revive, educated the massive turnout of fans about fair trade through Third Day’s innovative partnership with Land of a Thousand Hills Coffee Company...
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Jon Foreman
On Monday, it was announced that Jon Foreman would particpate in a special DARFUR FAST FOR LIFE, which followed activist/actiress Mia Farrow and Virgin Group Founder Sir Richard Branson. Today, Foreman updated fans on his water-only fast, mentioning that he passed it off to singer Peter Gabriel at midnight last night. Inside the report is his personal update...
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*Wednesday, May 13th, 2009*

FM Static
Following in the footsteps of their conceptual album "Dear Diary" from FM Static, the band has teamed up with Youth Specialties to bring a free devotional guide to youth pastors. The "Dear Diary" Bible study guide is designed as a Vacation Bible School or outreach for teens. "This is something special that has never been done on one of our records before," shares Trevor McNevan of FM Static...
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Relient K
Relient K are heading out on a string of spring/early summer tour dates so they can start playing some of their new songs live. As you may know, the band is in the final stages of recording their next (and sixth!) studio album, tentatively titled, Forget and Not Slow Down. This new one will be released on Mono Vs. Stereo - a label which will run thru Gotee Records. They've been giving fans a peek into the world of recording their new record via some studio...
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Kristian Stanfill
sixstepsrecords worship leader Kristian Stanfill’s debut project, Attention, is currently featured as part of iTunes’ “Next Big Thing Promotion,” kicking off this week. Additionally, the title is included among “50 Albums for $5 Each” at Amazon.com this month. Attention was hand-picked by iTunes for the campaign, which highlights a select group of key new artists across genres...
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Decyfer Down
Fans respond to Decyfer Down’s new album Crash purchasing nearly 9,000 copies in its first week. The project landed in the No.3 spot on Christian Soundscan chart, debuted at No. 66 on Billboard’s Top 200 and topped the iTunes ® Christian chart at No. 1. The band garnered their second consecutive No. 1 hit with “Fading” at Christian Rock Radio charts last week and the single is continuing to build at CHR following the No. 1 success of the album’s title cut, “Crash...
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Canton Jones
Grammy, Stellar and Dove Award-nominated artist Canton Jones has found the perfect title for his next record – “The Interview, The Question, The Answer”. Currently working on his fourth original album for Arrow Records, gospel hip hop artist Canton Jones is a young but seasoned artist whose positive and outstanding range of talents have made him a fan favorite with his exhilarating stage shows, catchy mix of music that crosses genres from hip hop to gospel, R&B and more, and encouraging messages about faith and life’s struggles and choices...
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*Tuesday, May 12th, 2009*

Bobby Bishop is set to release his third national recording on July 7 via Chosen/Executive/Universal Music Christian Group. Entitled Everyday Man, the full-length CD will feature production from DJ Shok, The Abolitionists, Enock, and Battleaxe, among others. The first music video from Everyday Man will be a song entitled "Please," scheduled to be released to video shows in early June. "Please" was written by Bishop and Brian "Enock" Perales, a campus missionary in New Orleans, Louisiana who has...
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Jon Foreman
Recording artist Jon Foreman joined the DARFUR FAST FOR LIFE today, following activist-actress Mia Farrow and Virgin Group Founder and Chairman Sir Richard Branson. A longtime activist and front man for multi-platinum selling rock band Switchfoot, Foreman will undertake a water-only fast, in order to raise awareness of the humanitarian crisis currently taking place in Darfur, as well as to encourage long-term U.S. Government actions to bring lasting peace to the people of Sudan...
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Visionary label Revolution Art moves forward with its mission to “usher in the next generation of artist” with its latest signing, 20-year-old singing sensation, Jade Harrell. Harrell will release her national label debut, Class Reject, June 2, 2009. The soulful singer, from Jacksonville, Fla., began her solo career at age 5, singing regularly for her home church. By age 13 she was singing background vocals for various local artists when the Revolution Art team discovered her...
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*Monday, May 11th, 2009*

SCC
At the Nashville stop of the United Tour, the nationwide concert co-headlined by Steven Curtis Chapman and Michael W. Smith, in front of a sell-out crowd, family and friends, Chapman was awarded by Smith with the Lifetime Volunteer Service Award from The President's Council on Service and Civic Participation. This service honor recognizes Chapman's tireless passion of caring for the millions of orphans around the world through Show HopeTM, the orphan care ministry started by he and his wife, Mary Beth. This lifetime...
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Phil Stacey
American Idol Season 6 finalist Phil Stacey recently finished recording his new 11-track album, Into the Light, which bows August 25. Stacey, an Idol Top 5 contestant, will showcase his acclaimed power vocals and songwriting chops with this first modern pop offering on Reunion Records. “Given the recent past, it’s understandable that people are quick to ask me about the musical side of what I do...
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*Friday, May 8th, 2009*

Travis Cottrell
Accomplished songwriter and worship leader, Travis Cottrell will release his highly-anticipated worship project Jesus Saves LIVE on June 2, 2009 through Indelible Creative Group. Jesus Saves LIVE offers a beautifully woven collection of songs full of encouragement, beauty and truth. The 14-track fully orchestrated (with 4 new worship songs) project features the Woodstock Baptist Church 300 voice choir along with 7000 live worshippers...
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*Thursday, May 7th, 2009*

Matthew West
Take advantage of the deal of the day at Amazon.com! Matthew West's best-selling album Something To Say, featuring no. 1 radio hits "You Are Everything" and "The Motions," available for digital purchase today only at the low price of $1.99! Buy online at: Amazon.com...
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Stryper
BIG3 Records has announced plans to “preview” Stryper's upcoming studio album Murder by Pride at iTunes.com. With this groundbreaking new promotion, Stryper fans will have an opportunity to purchase the album song-by-song, one week at a time, until the album's release on July 21, 2009. Every Tuesday beginning May 5th, a new song from the upcoming album will be released at iTunes – for one week only – until the album's July 21st release date...
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More Beautiful You, the latest project from Jonny Diaz, officially released Tuesday on INO Records. This talented lyricist and performer, who has been getting ready for his INO debut by building fans and awareness through his previous three independent releases, is already nabbing rave reviews thanks to the huge radio hit, "More Beautiful You." The CD is already #7 on iTunes' top album chart and the debut single is climbing up both AC-Monitored and AC-Indicator radio charts...
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*Wednesday, May 6th, 2009*

Needtobreathe
NEEDTOBREATHE have completed their third studio album, titled The Outsiders. Below is an update on the record and the band from drummer Joe Stillwell... "We here at NEEDTOBREATHE are now in the stage of the record process that I like to call "the waiting room." The new album is recorded, new photos have been taken, and we're figuring out how to play the new stuff live. Now we all have to wait for it to be released...
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Chris Tomlin
From now until May 12th, Chris Tomlin's brand new live music video for "I Will Rise" is available exclusively at iTunes. Click here to download it now! Chris was honored this year at the Dove Awards for Best Gospel Recorded Song for "How Great Is Our God" and Special Event Album of the Year for his involvement on Passion: God of This City. Chris and the band, additionally accompanied by Christy...
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Caedmons Call
Caedmon's Call has posted an exclusive song via Brite Revolution for fans to check out. Below is their announcement... We have just released a new song on Brite Revolution (www.briterevolution.com). "Open Wide" is a song we originally intended to include on Overdressed, but we ended up deciding to save it for a future project...
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Phillip LaRue
Phillip LaRue is being featured on AOL Music Main and PopEater in the 'About to Pop' feature. AOL Music is currently the No. 1 music site with a monthly audience of more than 23 million. Phillip has also been selected as an Artist To Watch - Adult! category on iHeartradio.com The program is live on 410 radio station websites. LaRue has already been featured on Amazon.com & mtvU.com with his music video for "Chasing the Daylight." In addition, this singer/songwriter has had three song placements on television shows "Ghost Whisperer," "One Tree Hill...
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iShine’s teen pop duo Jonnie & Brookie were recently announced as Radio Disney’s “Next Big Thing” (N.B.T.). The online and text message contest raked in nearly nine million votes on RadioDisney.com and via texts. “We are so unbelievably blessed with winning this contest,” says the tween duo. “We want to thank everyone that voted.“ Jonnie and Brookie are currently appearing on iShine KNECT airing on TBN every Saturday at 10:30 CST as well as in the upcoming iShine Live concert also on TBN...
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ILLECT Recordings and JustMe want to share this track in celebration of this special Mother's Day holiday where we all remember our mother. The first song recorded for JustMe's new album, Before The Twilight, was self-produced. As a matter of fact, "How I Met Your Mother" is the only song on the album not produced by North Carolina native Commissioner Gordon. With that said, it is all the more personal and touching...
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*Tuesday, May 5th, 2009*

Future Of Forestry
Credential Recordings artist Future of Forestry announces its Travel EP, a six-song collection releasing today. The first of a three-part series, Travel will be followed by Travel II and Travel III over the next twelve months. Future of Forestry debuts the series with Travel, songs that will provoke contemplation, encourage daydreaming, and deepen perspective on all things beautiful...
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delirious
The award-winning CompassionArt charity partners with Family Christian Stores and EMI CMG to announce the CompassionArt: Creating Freedom From Poverty CD/DVD as the first-ever Family Christian Stores Album Of The Year. Officially launching the Album of the Year initiative this month and running through January 2010, Family Christian Stores has pledged to donate through its James Fund foundation $1 for every CompassionArt: Creating Freedom From Poverty CD/DVD sold this year, with an additional $1 for the first 25,000 units sold...
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14-year-old Jasmine will release her first project today, May 5, titled The Next Me in the midst of appearing on the free, tween-focused iShine Live tour. Produced by her father and Kevan Cyka (Hilary Duff, Everlife), The Next Me features five tracks including the catchy “Make a Movie of It,” “Nothing Left to Say,” “Yeah” (made popular by Yolanda Adams), “Time2Shine” and the title track which encourages her peers to be a leader, not a follower...
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CCM recording artist, B. David, is poised to release his first solo project, Life Journal, on June 2, 2009. The project is on Destiny Style Records and will be distributed by Taesis. The first single from the album, “Believe,” was released on iTunes April 21st. The single was produced by Georgia native Jan Smith, who has worked as a vocal coach with such artists as Rob Thomas of Matchbox 20 and Usher Raymond. Life Journal features eleven new songs that were primarily written/co-written and produced by B. David...
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*Monday, May 4th, 2009*

The Almost
Oh Sleeper is beginning to record on their sophomore album (title TBD). Recorded/Mixed with Andreas Magnusson (Haste The Day, Agony Scene, Famine) in Richmond, VA. Secret & Whisper just finished recording their sophomore album as well. More details to come! The Almost also entered the studio in recent weeks recording their sophomore...
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SONICFlOOd
In recent months the ACLU has gone after yet another school district for allegedly violating the First Amendment. A small community in the Florida panhandle is one of the most recent victims of ACLU intimidation. A Federal judge has ordered the school district to discontinue religious advancement. But the story doesn’t end there, in fact, it is just beginning. Outraged by this ruling and it’s obvious intent to silence Christians, a junior at one of the High Schools decided he was going to do something about it. He reached out to the Grammy nominated, Dove Award winning group Sonicflood, known for...
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Michael W. Smith
GRAMMY® award-winning and multi-platinum selling artists Steven Curtis Chapman and Michael W. Smith wrapped up their highly successful United Tour last week, finishing a string of 44 shows with sell-out performances at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium and in Chapman’s hometown of Paducah, Kentucky. That capped off multiple sell-outs on a historic tour that began last fall and continued into the spring, pairing the two iconic artists for the first time in their lengthy careers in front of a cumulative audience of more than 100,000...
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Skillet
After just 14 shows, two time GRAMMY ® nominated rock band Skillet has already received an overwhelming response to their headlining “COMATOSE” tour featuring label mates Disciple and Decyfer Down. Playing for over 26,000 people so far on the tour, nearly 70% of the shows have been sold out or capacity-filled crowds, in cities including Pittsburgh, Indianapolis, Nashville, and Oklahoma City. The 30+ city tour launched on Apr. 2 and will continue through May 24. Tour dates are listed below. For the most updated tour information visit...
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Pillar
Continuing its commitment to provide more for less, Purple Door Arts and Music Festival is pleased to announce the addition of two quality bands and a Speaker Forum to its already impressive lineup. The annual arts and music festival will be held August 14 & 15 at Ski Roundtop in Lewisberry, PA. “We are happy to have Pillar returning to the Purple Door stage and I Am Terrified making their debut,” explains Chris Strayer, Festival Producer. “We’re also excited about the addition of the Forum. This new venue will allow for performers and those who have the desire to...
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Big Idea
Grab your lasso and fedora! This August, Big Idea will release its second action-packed Minnesota Cuke adventure on DVD, VeggieTales®: Minnesota Cuke and the Search for Noah’s Umbrella, A Lesson in Confidence. Supported by a comprehensive marketing, promotional and advertising campaign across TV, print, radio, online and in-theater, Minnesota Cuke and the Search for Noah’s Umbrella debuts August 1st in the Christian market (CBA) through Word Distribution...
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The International Songwriting Competition (ISC) is pleased to announce its 2008 winners, including the winners in the Gospel/Christian category. Renowned for its prestigious celebrity judges, ISC received over 15,500 songs from amateur and professional songwriters from 100 countries worldwide, confirming ISC's status as the leading global songwriting event. More than $150,000 in cash and prizes is shared among the 62 winners in 20 categories, including an overall Grand Prize of $25,000 (US) cash, the largest cash Grand...
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*Friday, May 1st, 2009*

JoC
Propelled by a new multi-format radio hit, a national tour, ubiquitous coverage on The Gospel Music Channel, and, most importantly, an ardent fan base, three-time GRAMMY Award-winning and multi-Platinum band Jars of Clay once again finds itself at the very top of Nielsen SoundScan's Christian Albums chart. Jars of Clay’s No. 1-selling The Long Fall Back to Earth (Gray Matters/Essential) debuts on the chart this week after a...
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House Of Heroes
In the wake of their celebrated The End Is Not The End CD Columbus, OH rock outfit House of Heroes have now released The Acoustic End EP on Itunes. Release includes new acoustic bonus tracks, "New Moon" and "Ghost" as well as a reworked version of "If". Proving to be unstoppable band has hit the road for a trek of May and June dates with more to be announced soon. House of Heroes is also in the mist of recording their ode to the Beatles tribute; House of Heroes Meets The Beatles EP...
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Matthew West
Sparrow Records singer/songwriter Matthew West tops the Radio & Records Christian AC Monitored chart a third consecutive week with his current hit “The Motions.” The song is receiving additional exposure via select live and broadcast performances as well as on iTunes. West’s second No. 1 song from his current release Something To Say, “The Motions” is also No. 2 on the Radio & Records Christian CHR chart and No. 6 on its Christian AC Indicator chart this week...
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A special edition of Jentezen Franklin's weekly television program “Kingdom Connection” will air next week featuring the new release, The Power Of The Cross - LIVE At Free Chapel with Ricardo Sanchez. Pastor Jentezen and Ricardo will discuss this new project, share song stories and show LIVE video footage from the recording. This program will broadcast Sunday May 3 and Monday May 4 on TBN, Daystar and The Church Channel as well as several local...
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