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November, 2007
*Thursday, November 29th, 2007*

MercyMe
On the heels of a major promotional tour in support of their sixth recording All That Is Within Me, multi-platinum and award-winning band MercyMe has once again hit the Billboard Top 200 SoundScan charts in a big way landing at No. 15, just below Jay-Z and above Beyonce and Rascal Flatts latest, selling 83,626 units in its first week of release, 30% ahead of it’s previous recording, 2006’s Coming Up To Breathe...
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JoC
Dove and Grammy Award-winning band Jars of Clay kicks off the 25 days of Christmas with a captivating hour of holiday music this Saturday, Dec. 1 with the world premiere of Gospel Music Channel’s Christmas at Union Station: Jars of Clay...
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Falling Up
With the trio's third studio album, Captiva, having released this Fall, Falling Up is excited to announce upcoming tour plans for early 2008. The band writes: "We are very excited to announce that we will be a part of TWO great upcoming tours in early 2008!!! First, in Late January we will be joining up with FAMILY FORCE 5 for a national tour through mid-February! Then, in mid-February we will be joining up with..."
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Cross Movement Records has announced the upcoming release of urban gospel artist J.R's sophomore project, Life By Stereo, in stores December 26, 2007. With Life By Stereo, J.R. presents the antithesis of an infamous heavy metal album of a similar moniker, Death By Stereo, signifying God's use of music as a medium to communicate life rather than death...
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*Tuesday, November 27th, 2007*

Red
Rock band Red was involved in a serious vehicle accident this morning, Tuesday, November 27, 2007, at approximately 6:30 AM CT. The band was heading west on Interstate 24, less than 20 miles from Nashville, Tenn., returning home from a concert in Hilton Head Island, S.C., the night before. Despite major damage to the band’s van and trailer, no serious injuries have been reported...
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Amy Grant
Amy Grant is scheduled to appear on Oprah (seen live by over 8 million viewers daily) with her husband Vince Gill this Friday, 11/30. The couple appear on almost the full hour of the show, which features taped footage with them at home talking about their Christmas traditions as a family, as well as in studio interviews and a duet performance of “True Love”. The show will also feature segments with Rascal Flatts and Kenny Rogers...
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Plumb
Singer Tiffany Lee - AKA Plumb - is expecting her third child! The artist recently celebrated her latest project, a lullaby album called Blink, and now she's got a whole lot more to celebrate! Plumb writes... "I guess the lullaby record does more than soothe the fussy baby...ha..."
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Run Kid Run
Tooth & Nail pop/punk rock group Run Kid Run debuted last year with their freshman album, This Is Who We Are and are now heading back to the studio this week to begin work on their next project. The band writes: "Hello all... it's been awhile and I feel like I say that with every blog. Sorry. But here's what's going on in RKR land. We just..."
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Daniel Kirkley
Classical/pop artist, Daniel Kirkley, is set to embark on his first national tour with GMA’s reigning Female Vocalist, Natalie Grant. “A Christmas To Believe In” tour kicks-off December 2nd in North Carolina and will feature two guest artists, Mandisa and Aaron Shust. “I’m thrilled about this opportunity,” says Kirkley...
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Andy Hunter
Andy Hunter is currently jointly writing and producing the original music score with Robbie Bronnimann for a forthcoming major release docufilm in the Michael Moore style. The film is called Expelled and stars Ben Stein. Expelled is due for a February, 2008 release. View the trailer at www.expelledthemovie.com. Hunter is also looking to release a brand new album of his own, entitled Colours, on March 18th, 2008. (from Andy Hunter, Jesusfreakhideout.com)
*Wednesday, November 21st, 2007*

Jon Foreman
Jon Foreman, the frontman for the multi-platinum band, Switchfoot is returning to his indie-scene roots by releasing four solo EPs over the coming months. These EPs, individually titled Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer, evoke vivid images of each season, making the collection a likely soundtrack to the year ahead. All four EPs will be released prior to the upcoming Switchfoot release in late 2008...
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Stellar Kart
Award-winning youth group rock band Stellar Kart inspires listeners to strive for greatness, taking comfort in God’s enduring faithfulness, on its third studio album, Expect The Impossible, releasing Feb. 26, 2008. Produced by Ian Eskelin (Krystal Meyers, All Star United), who additionally co-wrote alongside lead singer Adam Agee on eight of...
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MercyMe
INO/Columbia records’ multi-platinum and Award-winning band MercyMe officially launched their new project, All That Is Within Me, live in New York City this week with a performance at BB Kings last night 11/19 and a live Satellite Media Tour this morning overlooking Times Square, hitting markets including Chicago, San Francisco, Tampa, Denver, Minneapolis and the Associated Press Broadcast wire...
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Jump5
Slanted Records group JUMP5 received a special visit from former Earth, Wind & Fire lead vocalist and lead guitarist Sheldon Reynolds at the Los Angeles area stop of their current North American tour. When the group hit Saint Paschal in Thousand Oaks, California on November 14th, they were joined on stage by Reynolds, who performed the hit Earth, Wind & Fire classic "Shining Star" with JUMP5, who had a hit of their own with the song, which they covered on their 2003 release, Accelerate (Sparrow Records/EMI)...
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Mandisa
This weekend, Gospel Music Channel begins more than a month of world premiere specials, series, music videos and holiday programming to celebrate Christmas 2007. American Idol favorites Mandisa and George Huff launch the GMC Christmas season this Sat. Nov. 24 teaming for the first in a series of exclusive, new world premiere Christmas specials. On Monday, Dec. 10, GMC’s primetime line-up will switch to all Christmas programming, with blocks of Christmas music videos nightly. Then on Saturday, Dec. 22, GMC will begin presenting Christmas programming 24 hours a day leading up to a commercial free Christmas day...
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*Tuesday, November 20th, 2007*

David Crowder Band
Fans flooded 19 sold-out venues on David Crowder Band’s 28-city “REMEDY Club Tour.” Their enthusiasm has helped collect thousands of socks and towels that will be donated to local homeless shelters across the country. Joined by openers Phil Wickham and The Myriad, David Crowder Band’s “REMEDY Club Tour” kicked off last month, selling out cities like Dallas, Phoenix, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, Chicago, Cincinnati, Philadelphia, New York...
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delirious
The much anticipated new studio album from Delirious? titled Kingdom of Comfort is slated for release April 1 of 2008. In the meantime, the band is offering an exclusive download of their song "God Is Smiling" from the new album right from their website. Visit www.delirious.co.uk/livingroom to sign up for the free download...
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Phil Wickham
INO Records’ singer/songwriter Phil Wickham has much to be thankful for this year as he has released his acclaimed sophomore release, Cannons, spent the fall touring with the David Crowder Band and has received praise from the media saying he is “insightful,” “passionate,” and "intriguing"...
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Krystal Meyers
Dove Award-nominated rocker, and international superstar Krystal Meyers will be taking her live show to Hong Kong and Guatemala in the coming weeks. On Friday, November 30 and Saturday, December 1, Meyers will perform back-to-back nights in Guatemala City. After that, Meyers will make the quick, 9,397 mile journey to Hong Kong, for her concert there on Wednesday, December 5. Krystal Meyers’ worldwide album sales exceed 250,000...
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The following announcement was sent out by the fine folks at Facedown Records... "We are very happy to announce that our holiday charity auction is now live. You can check out all of the items here [on eBay] This charity auction is very important to us, not just because of what we are auctioning off, but because of what we are raising money for. If you click the link above, you can find tons of original artwork, rare vinyl, CDs, and a lot more..."
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*Friday, November 16th, 2007*

Dead Poetic
With the band's "Best Of" project, The Finest, releasing on Tuesday, a little more action has begun to stir within the Dead Poetic camp. Vocalist Brandon Rike breaks his longterm silence to set the record straight for fans on just what is going on with Dead Poetic... "I have tucked myself away into my own little world for so long, that I honestly do not know what the general rumors about Dead Poetic are. I just skimmed the internet, getting a general concensus, and have found that there are many assumptions with what exactly happened to Dead Poetic, and what is left. I feel that it is my duty, to break my silence, crawl out from beneath this rock, and explain, the best that I know how, what is actually taking place..." (Read the report for Brandon's complete statement)
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Sara Groves
As singer/songwriter Sara Groves’ latest, Tell Me What You Know (11.6) holds in as the No. 1 Christian album on iTunes for over a week, the project also scanned 33% above her last record, debuting at No. 3 on CMTA’s Digital Album’s SoundScan chart, as well as No. 8 on Christian Retail and No. 14 on the Overall Christian Retail chart...
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*Thursday, November 15th, 2007*

Leeland
Four-time Dove Award-nominated progressive rock band, Leeland, has announced the February 26, 2008 release of its second studio album, Opposite Way (Essential Records). Opposite Way was produced by Matt Bronleewe (Michael W. Smith, Natalie Imbruglia), mixed by Ben Grosse (Ben Folds, Red Hot Chili Peppers) and was recorded in Nashville, Tennessee at Smoak Stack Studios and Pentavarit Studios...
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Needtobreathe
After reviews heralding Atlantic/Word Records’ band NEEDTOBREATHE’s latest, The Heat, and FOUR straight weeks at No. 1 on Christian CHR with “Signature of Divine (Yaweh)’, ESPN has just confirmed use of the band’s song “Streets of Gold” from The Heat for this weekend’s Homestead-Miami Speedway NASCAR race (http://www.nascar.com/races/tracks/hms/index.html), as well as practice/qualifying coverage and the NASCAR Countdown show.
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Jeremy Camp
Swing on over to iTunes today and get Jeremy Camp's new song, "I Am Willing", inspired by The Ten Commandments epic movie released last month. Camp's latest release, Beyond Measure, is also just $7.99 on iTunes. Find out if Jeremy wins the American Music Award for "FAVORITE CONTEMPORARY INSPIRATIONAL ARTIST" this Sunday night on ABC (8/7c)...
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Mike Farris
Following his INO/COLUMBIA Records’ debut release earlier this summer, Salvation in Lights, Mike Farris continues to build his fanbase as he most recently performed for the Porter Wagner Tribute on October 31st at the Tennessean State Museum in Nashville, TN during the 8th Annual Americana Music Association Festival. At the tribute, Farris’s performance was said to have “hushed the crowd with the soulfully rousing version of Green Green Grass of Home” (twangnation.com). The performance was captured and posted on YouTube.com at: http://youtube.com/watch?v=w4fy6JEeKMg .
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Today marks the dawn of Dreamt Music, an imprint record label founded by Jason Dunn of Facedown Records... The birth of Dreamt Music is not just the realization of a long-term goal for Jason but also a window for him to work more closely with Facedown band members in a new way. The inaugural Dreamt Music release has strong ties to the Facedown Family; Thieves & Liars is a blues-rock outfit ala Pink Floyd that boasts founding member Corey...
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*Wednesday, November 14th, 2007*

Red
Dove Award-winning and GRAMMY-nominated rock band Red has a perfect, 4-for-4, record at Christian Rock radio, as it has notched its fourth straight No. 1 radio single with “Let Go” at R&R Christian Rock Radio. The accomplishment comes right in time for the November 13, 2007 release of the band’s End of Silence: Deluxe Edition...
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Sanctus Real Can't wait for Sanctus Real's fourth studio album to drop in February? (Neither can we) The band is excited to release the title track from their new album We Need Each Other on iTunes for just .99 cents! Sanctus Real has been playing the song live on the Live In The Moment Tour with Steven Curtis Chapman this Fall and it's been a crowd-pleaser at each show. We caught the band's performance last night in Lancaster, PA, and even were treated to an earful of some new cuts and, let's just say, this looks like a highlight album of 2008...
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Project 86
Ever listen to Project 86 and wonder, "Man, what would it be like if these guys recorded a Christmas song?!" Believe it or not, this has crossed our minds (no joke!), and apparently it's crossed the minds of the California boys themselves. In a recent blog, frontman Andrew Schwab updates fans on the latest with the band, and announces that a holiday tune is indeed in the works...
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Todd Agnew
As the holiday season fills the air, Todd Agnew and NewSong will be spreading Christmas cheer as they co-headline the “Christmas Promise” Tour with special guest Matthew West. The Tour will also feature Nate Sallie and introduce Brit Nicole. Commencing November 27 in Bolivar, Missouri, the "Christmas Promise" Tour will travel to 17 cities nationwide before its final date in Champaign, Illinois December 20...
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Casting Crowns
Christian music’s top-selling artist Casting Crowns reaches another milestone this week with the RIAA Gold certification of its third album smash The Altar and The Door. This certification, signifying U.S. album shipments exceeding 500,000 units, comes only 10 weeks after the Aug. 28 release, making it the fastest-selling Casting Crowns album to date and frontrunner as the No.1 selling Christian music title of the year...
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*Tuesday, November 13th, 2007*

Pillar
Christian Rock leader Pillar will release its fifth-studio album, the big, fun and commanding, For the Love of the Game, on February 26, 2008. The buzz is well underway. During the 2007 MLB (Major League Baseball) World Series, the title track was prominently featured during ESPN’s nightly program, Baseball Tonight. Nearly one month prior to its official add-date at radio, “For the Love of the Game” was most added at R&R Christian Rock Radio...
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Jonezetta
Joining an unfortunately growing list of artists who have been recently robbed and/or vandalized is Tooth & Nail Records rock band Jonezetta, who unknowingly had several personal items lifted from their van as they performed at The Knitting Factory Friday night in New York City. Read the full report for a letter from the band...
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SCC
With more than 50 Dove Awards, five Grammy Awards and an American Music Award, Steven Curtis Chapman is one of the most honored artists in all of music. As he releases what looks to be another award-worthy album with his 15th CD This Moment, the Gospel Music Channel will present an intimate and revealing portrait of the Christian music icon in Faith & Fame: Steven Curtis Chapman on Saturday, Nov. 17 at 7:00 p.m. (ET)...
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Natalie Grant
Curb recording artist and GMA’s reigning Female Vocalist of the Year, Natalie Grant, is preparing to headline her third annual Christmas Tour this season. With “American Idol’s” Mandisa and GMA’s current Male Vocalist and New Artist of the Year, Aaron Shust, as special guests, the “Natalie Grant – A Christmas To Believe In” Tour is slated to hit 14 cities in December. The Tour will also introduce Centricity recording artist Daniel Kirkley.
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With a mission to be not just a band, but a youth movement that can shake generations, Modesto, Calif.-based Worth Dying For is one step closer to that goal with the signing of an exclusive recording contract with Integrity Music Group. The rock-infused worshippers Worth Dying For will release their first nationally distributed CD in Spring 2008...
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With over 8,000 teenagers and youth leaders in attendance at this year’s Generation Unleashed annual conference, the praise and worship musical essence has been captured by Maranatha! Music on the upcoming January 29th album release, Generation Unleashed. The 13-song live album heralds the standout new tracks "Always," "Saved My Soul," and "All Things Through Christ," along with fresh interpretation of the classic, "I Love You Lord." Sonically, the guitar-driven Generation Unleashed band, often compared to Hillsongs United, is known for their passionate songwriting style, intimate worship moments and aggressive, loud musical stylings...
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*Sunday, November 11th, 2007*

Sullivan
Tooth and Nail Records alt rock band Sullivan has decided to join the throes of bands that are no more, and have announced today that they've broken up. The decision came just before the launch of what would have been their first headlining tour. Zach Harward, the band's bassist, wrote the following announcement...
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Third Day
Charlie Daniels invited Third Day's Mac Powell on stage at the Grand Ole Opry to sing the Charlie Daniels Band version of, “I’ll Fly Away.” This, Mac’s very first appearance on the Opry, was initiated by a call from long time friend, Daniels. After performing the classic, “Devil Went Down To Georgia,” Daniels introduced his friend and now, duet partner, by saying, “We have a very special guest that’s going to come out and sing...
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Stephanie Smith
Stephanie Smith, Gotee Records’ up-and-coming female pop-rocker, performed her hit song “Superstar” as part of a recent Soles4Souls shoe donation at The Tennessee School For The Blind. Soles4Souls staff was on hand to fit each student of the Tennessee School for the Blind (115 Stewarts Ferry Pike, Nashville) with their new pairs of shoes...
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Fireflight
Fireflight's new single "Unbreakable" from their upcoming spring record, Unbreakable, is now available as a digital download. It's available at both iTunes and Sony Musicbox for $0.99. Any iTunes purchase should qualify for the "Complete My Album" feature when the full record release in spring 2008...
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Word Entertainment mourns the loss of Word Inc. founder, Jarrell McCracken, who passed away November 7 in Waco, TX. McCracken founded Word Inc., a Christian music company, in 1951 in Waco. The businessman's vision of Word, now a Warner/Curb company in Nashville, created the foundation for what would become one of the fastest growing genres in the music industry. Growing into one of the world's largest Christian entertainment companies, Word is comprised of a label group, music publishing, distribution and church resource divisions...
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*Friday, November 9th, 2007*

Jaci Velasquez
On November 3rd Latin/Christian artists, Jaci Velasquez and Nic Gonzales (Salvador) were blessed with the arrival of their first child. Zealand David Gonzales was born at 7am on Saturday, November 3, 2007. He weighed in at 7lbs and measured 19 Ľ inches long with jet black hair. His smile and dimples have been the delight of those who have visited the infant over the last couple of days...
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Family Force 5
Family Force 5 is selling out venues on their 30-city Dance, Rawr, Dance Tour with bands Jonezetta and The Secret Handshake, as well as making wishes come true by partnering with the Make-A-Wish Foundation at the recent Hollywood, CA show where a terminally ill fan and his band got the chance to open up for Family Force 5...
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The Myriad
In September 2007, MTV2 announced KOCH/ Kosmos’ Seattle based band The Myriad as a top contender for the title of “MTV2 Dew Circuit Breakout.” Chosen out of over 4000 bands in the U.S. to be one of the 12 finalists, The Myriad quickly gained public attention and fan approval. With hundreds of thousands of votes in this week, The Myriad is currently positioned as one of the top six contenders and is headed to the next round of voting to become one of three bands that will play live on-air in New York City...
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GMA
The Gospel Music Association (GMA) has announced deadlines and guidelines for the 2008 GMA/CMB Radio Station of the Year contest, making this the 10th year GMA will honor radio at the GMA Dove Awards. The radio station awards acknowledge those Christian radio stations that meet the highest standards of quality and have the strongest impact on their listening areas, according to John W. Styll, president and CEO of GMA. One radio station from each of the market segments -- major, large, medium and small – are honored with this award...
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SONICFlOOd
ONE Vote ’08 will host concerts at churches in Nevada and Iowa to channel the energy and compassion of local faith communities into the movement to combat extreme poverty, hunger and global disease. Recording artists Sonicflood, known as the “Fathers of Modern Worship Music” will headline the church concerts. Since releasing their first album in 1999, Sonicflood has sold over 1.5 million records, been nominated for a Grammy award and won the Dove Award for Praise & Worship Album of the Year...
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*Wednesday, November 7th, 2007*

Skillet
In follow-up to two No. 1 singles, “Rebirthing” and “The Last Night,” Lava/Atlantic/Ardent/INO band SKILLET is now celebrating their third and fourth consecutive #1 singles as “The Older I Get” takes over the top spot on Christian CHR (R&R/CRW) and “Comatose” places No. 1 for the second week in a row on Rock (R&R and CRW) radio this week...
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Lifehouse
Jason Wade of Lifehouse's homage to teen driving safety, "From Where You Are" is available today at iTunes. In partnership with Allstate Insurance in educating and empowering millions of teens in safe driving, the song is a moving and emotional piece on reflection and remembrance, poignantly resonating its importance. Pick it up at iTunes today!
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Avalon
Dynamic vocal foursome Avalon welcomes new member Jeremi Richardson to the group. Richardson joins the award-winning artist in time for the release of its ninth studio album, Another Time, Another Place: Timeless Christian Classics, on Feb. 26. Originally from Cleveland, Tenn., Richardson and his wife Amy currently reside in Orlando, Fla. where he is a member of the Disney...
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Fusebox
Not too long after Fusebox released their 2004 sophomore album, Once Again, the announcement of work beginning on their third release, Transparent, was made. But with its release being delayed each year, the album has finally seen the light of day - but not as a Fusebox album, but as a solo venture. Frontman and worship leader Billy Buchanan recently sent out the following update on his project and the status of the band...
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Jake Smith
Music newcomer Jake Smith recently took his signature brand of New Orleans-style pop to the West Coast, where he promoted his debut album Real. Smith finished off the mini-media tour with a home state concert, opening for Better Than Ezra. The promotional trip included radio interviews, retail stops, and media meet & greets among other events. Smith played “Club R&R” for staff at the Los Angeles office. He also visited with Worship Leader Magazine, K-LIFE radio, and the EMF Broadcasting studios...
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NewSong
Grammy Award-nominated Integrity Music recording artist NewSong, along with critically-acclaimed Ardent/INO singer/songwriter Todd Agnew, will herald the holiday season with “The Christmas Promise Tour.” With special guests Matthew West and Britt Nicole, the tour will also feature Agnew’s acclaimed Christmas musical, “Do You See What I See?”...
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Fireflight's new song "Unbreakable" is now available in full at iTunes for only $.99! The song will appear on the band's forthcoming sophomore release this coming Spring. To get the rockin' new track NOW, visit the iTunes store! (from Night Vision Management; Jesusfreakhideout.com)
*Monday, November 5th, 2007*

Superchick
Superchick’s hit song “Hero” is currently featured in a new public service announcement (PSA) by NBC Universal. The “Green Is Universal” PSA announces the company’s more than 150 hours of environmentally themed content that will encompass all of NBC Universal’s divisions across multiple platforms from November 4-10, including NBC, MSNBC, Bravo and CNBC among others...
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Derek Webb
Derek Webb, the Nashville-based musician who both on his own and with his previous band Caedmon’s Call has sold in excess of one million records, will lend his effervescent single “Name” to the Nov. 8 episode of ABC’s television show Grey’s Anatomy...
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Sarah Kelly
Christian music sweetheart Sarah Kelly is about to finish up her junior release on Gotee Records. The worship leader gave the following update online on Saturday about the latest... "I fly in about 7 hours from Gothenburg (Sweden) to Nashville, TN to FINISH, YES THAT IS RIGHT... FINISH... MY NEW PROJECT. I think it will be called "Born to Worship." It is turning out so different than the others, but that shouldn't suprise you after the..."
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Relient K
Relient K fans are coming out in droves as the platinum-selling band, along with fellow platinum rockers and co-headliner Switchfoot, continues on their 30-city Appetite For Construction fall tour. The momentum around the tour is only added to as Relient K’s first full-length Christmas CD Let It Snow, Baby…Let It Reindeer recently hit streets on October 23rd...
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One of the U.K.’s most talked about emerging Christian bands in ‘07, Superhero, are in the U.S. for an October-November billing on The Drifter Tour, a Compassion International sponsored tour headlining DecembeRadio, along with Nevertheless, and Bread Of Stone. The tour, which launched October 19th, will give many U.S.audiences their first glimpse of the five man Euro guitar band who originated their intense, innovative rock in the pubs and clubs of Glasgow, Scotland before God turned their individual lives and...
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*Friday, November 2nd, 2007*

Switchfoot
To celebrate the band's new independent status free from Columbia Records, their tour with Relient K and Ruth, and their support of Habitat For Humanity, Switchfoot has released a brand new song entitled "Rebuild" for free online. Frontman Jon Foreman announces... "Hey my people, Happy Fall! I am proud to announce the first Switchfoot song from Lowercase People Records is now available. As an independant band this is a big step for us and we hope you enjoy the tune. It's a song called "Rebuild" that features Matt from Relient K and..."
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Matthew West
Prolific singer and songwriter Matthew West (“More,” “Only Grace”) returns to action on January 15, 2008 with Something To Say, a new album via Sparrow Records that looks to be his most directly biographical offering to date. West, who had to undergo surgery on his vocal chords and could not speak for two months following the procedure, wrote much of Something To Say based on what he learned during that season of silence...
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SCC
Following his previous GRAMMY winning effort and in the midst of an acclaimed U.S. tour, Steven Curtis Chapman has once again debuted at #1 on the Billboard Christian Albums chart, this time with his sixteenth studio project, This Moment. Be sure to check out the release on iTunes to get the phenomenal exclusive bonus track "Run Home"...
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Connersvine
Hunter Smith, punter for the NFL’s Indianapolis Colts, and band mate Chris Wilson bring their Christian music duo Connersvine to the Gospel Music Channel cable television network this weekend, before the huge Colts – New England Patriots showdown on Sunday. The band’s live concert performance on the GMC original series Front Row Live will be seen this Friday, Nov. 2 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 3 at 10:30 p.m...
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NewSong
The Winter Jam Tour Spectacular, Christian music’s largest annual musical tour, announced its 35 city itinerary for 2008, featuring one of its most prestigious artist line-ups ever. As of this month, all four of NewSong’s guests are currently in the top 40 national sales as reported by Neilson’s SoundScan. The 2008 line-up showcases musical styles ranging from worship to rock to pop featuring multi Platinum selling MercyMe, sibling rock trio BarlowGirl, seasoned rockers Skillet, American Idol’s Mandisa. The 10-week tour launches January 10, 2008 in Johnson City, TN, and will conclude at the Sommet Center in Nashville, TN on March 16th hitting 19 states along the way. Grammy-nominated and Dove Award-winning, NewSong will host the high-energy event for the 13th consecutive year, which will feature special guest speaker Tony Nolan and the Xtreme sports Real Encounter BMX/Skate Team...
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Point Of Grace
Award winning and platinum-selling Word recording artist Point of Grace will embark on its 3rd annual 15-city Christmastime tour in support of their critically acclaimed project, Winter Wonderland. Consistently sold-out, the tour will launch Nov. 27 in Chicago, IL this year and will run through Dec. 15. The Winter Wonderland tour brings the warmth of the season to life in performances that celebrate family and holiday traditions...
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World-renowned and six-time Grammy Award winner The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir will release its next album in a new, exclusive distribution partnership with Integrity Music. I’ll Say Yes is scheduled to release Jan. 29, 2008. “Integrity Music is honored to have been entrusted by The Brooklyn Tabernacle to help carry on its unequalled legacy in both ministry and music,” said Don Moen, president of Integrity Music Group...
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Michael W. Smith
Rocketown will present its Legend Award to GRAMMY winning artist Ronnie Milsap at its yearly fundraiser on Tuesday, Nov. 13. The evening’s theme is, “What a Difference You’ve Made In My Life.” The festivities begin at 6 p.m. with a progressive dinner followed by performances by Milsap, and Rocketown’s founder, Michael W. Smith. The event is open to the public and reservations are required. Tickets can be purchased by...
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*Thursday, November 1st, 2007*

Phil Keaggy
Legendary guitarist and singer/songwriter Phil Keaggy joined the Statler Brothers, Larnelle Harris, the Winans and Joe Moscheo as the newest inductees into the GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame at the October 29, 2007 ceremony in Nashville, Tenn. At the ceremony, Keaggy was recognized for his 30+ year career in music, with his friends and past collaborators on hand for special remembrances and tributes. Christian artists Scott Dente (Out of the Grey) and Wes King, along with Keaggy's son Ian, performed a special musical homage to Keaggy, while Tommy Coomes (guitarist/singer for the pioneer Christian rock band Love Song and frontman for the Tommy Coomes Band) and Jason Truby (former guitarist for P.O.D.) shared memories and stories about the guitar virtuoso...
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Inhabited
Female-fronted rock band Inhabited finds a new home at burgeoning indie label 7 Spin Music. The group is putting the finishing touches on its sophomore release, LOVE, releasing through 7 Spin Music on Feb. 26. Comprising Sara Acker (vocals), Marcus Acker (guitar), and Charlie Harper (drums), Houston-based Inhabited exploded onto the...
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The Afters
It's common knowledge that life on the road is tough... just ask The Afters guitarist Brad Wigg. Frontman for the band, Josh Havens recently reported on Brad's on-stage encounter with a swarm of bees. "We were playing a show in Sherman, TX over the weekend when Brad was attacked by killer bees on stage... he swatted, kicked, slung his guitar and insulted the bees in what was a valiant fight against the aggressive swarm. As anyone knows, one man and one...
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*Wednesday, October 31st, 2007*

Audio A
The Hands and Feet Project, an organization started by the Audio Adrenaline guys to rescue and take care of orphans in Haiti was hit by Tropical Storm Noel Monday night. Please consider donating to this wonderful ministry in support for fixing the damage caused by the storm. Former Audio A frontman Mark Stuart reports on the devastation: "Our hearts and prayers go out to all of Haiti and the Dominican Republic today. Tropical Storm Noel hit hard throughout the night and...
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Mandisa
After a highly successful label debut with “True Beauty,” American Idol’s own MANDISA will be celebrating the season with her Christmas EP featuring four tracks available digitally today and in stores nationwide November 20th just in time for the holidays. “Christmas Joy EP” will feature classics “Joy to the World” and “O Holy Night” as well as the Stevie Wonder favorite “What Christmas Means to Me” and the newly written “Christmas Makes Me Cry” duet with labelmate Matthew West, which will be serviced to radio as a holiday single. In addition to the “Christmas Joy EP,” Mandisa is a part of the “WOW Gospel Christmas” CD with her song “God Speaking” that is also her second single from her label debut “True Beauty..."
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Sanctus Real
You may have heard Sanctus Real's new single "We Need Each Other" on your local radio station, and very soon you will be able to buy it on iTunes! Be sure to go to your iTunes store November 13th to download the new single from the upcoming album, Turn On The Lights. Click here to watch a video of the band sharing the story behind why they wrote "We Need Each Other"...
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Jump5
Slanted Records group JUMP5 will be giving fans a Christmas gift this year with the release of the holiday album, Christmas Like This, available on November 20, 2007, for only $7.99 exclusively through all major digital outlets including iTunes and Rhapsody. Digital distribution for Christmas Like This is through EMI CMG Distribution...
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Sara Groves
Singer/Songwriter Sara Groves is the latest artist to have one of her songs chosen as a DISCOVERY DOWNLOAD with iTunes. Just days before her new album, TELL ME WHAT YOU KNOW, hits the streets on November 6th, her single, “When The Saints” has been chosen to be a Discovery Download on the iTunes Store...
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Pillar
If you haven't heard Pillar's new single "For the Love of the Game," you can head on over to www.pillarmusic.com and www.myspace.com/pillar to check it out. Pillar's new album For the Love of the Game is set to release February 2008. Fans can help the band out by requesting "For Love of the Game"...
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