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JfH OLD Music News

October, 2009
*Friday, October 30th 2009*

Third Day
Christian music’s largest annual tour, the Winter Jam 2010 Tour Spectacular, will hit 44 cities beginning in January and is slated to feature some of the top artists in Christian music. Hosted for the 15th consecutive year by GRAMMY-nominated NewSong, the Tour will also include multi-platinum Reunion recording artist Third Day; internationally-renowned Inpop recording artist Newsboys; Dove Award-winning Reunion recording artist Tenth Avenue North; acclaimed Flicker recording artist Fireflight; and guest speaker Tony Nolan. Winter Jam 2010 will kick-off January 8 in Chattanooga...
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When the nominations for the 25th Annual Stellar Awards were announced at a downtown Nashville press conference on Thursday, October 29, EMI Gospel emerged with 7 total nominations, with artists Smokie Norful and Kierra Sheard each being multiple nominees. GRAMMY® Award winning vocalist, writer and producer Norful has been recognized in the categories of Male Vocalist Of The...
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TFK
Last month, Thousand Foot Krutch released their fifth studio album “Welcome To The Masquerade” to resounding media and fan acclaim debuting at No. 35 on the Billboard Top 200 as well as on the iTunes overall and rock album charts. Supporting this new release and expanding their reach, TFK recently signed with Paradigm Agency (Coldplay, Avril Lavigne, Augustana). The band is represented by Larry Webman and Mike Snider. “As an observer of Thousand Foot Krutch over the years...
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*Thursday, October 29th 2009*

TFK
Last month, Thousand Foot Krutch released their fifth studio album “Welcome To The Masquerade” to resounding media and fan acclaim debuting at No. 35 on the Billboard Top 200 as well as on the iTunes overall and rock album charts. Supporting this new release and expanding their reach, TFK recently signed with Paradigm Agency (Coldplay, Avril Lavigne, Augustana). The band is represented by Larry Webman and Mike Snider. “As an observer of Thousand Foot Krutch over the years...
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Owl City
Universal Republic Records’ basement launched phenomenon Owl City scored the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart this week, following up his #1 single score on iTunes last week with the smash hit “Fireflies.” The song is breaking boundaries at radio as it forges toward the upper tier at Top 40 and Hot AC formats along with impressive showings at Alternative, Triple A, and Rhythm Crossover. Combining this impressive radio story, a #1 song in North America, a sold out tour and huge sales are all parts in making Owl City the artist...
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Copeland
Today, Copeland made the announcement that they've decided to part ways. Below is their letter to the fans... "Dear friends, We have come to an extremely difficult decision. It has come time for us to move on from Copeland and follow other paths in our lives. We are absolutely grateful to have been able to make music for as long as we have. In the last 9 years we've been able to see parts of the world that we never dreamt we would see. We have shared the stage and built friendships with...
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JoC
JFH News Shorts featuring Jars Of Clay, Switchfoot, Steven Curtis Chapman, Phil Wickham, mewithoutYou, Since October, Sara Groves: "Heaven," the new single from Jars Of Clay's stellar new record The Long Fall Back To Earth is now available as a free download at JarsOfClay.com! The band writes, "As you fall back this week, help spread the word about Jars of Clay's new album, The Long Fall Back To Earth. Tell your friends they can currently go to www.jarsofclay.com and get a FREE download of the Jars of Clay song, "Heaven"...
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*Wednesday, October 28th 2009*

BarlowGirl
Last week, Word Entertainment launched BarlowGirl’s first-ever iPhone application for the successful rock trio, which was featured on the Christian/Gospel page on Tuesday. The application offers exclusive news updates and photos directly from the band as well as the BarlowGirl story with more exciting features on the way including music feeds, photo uploads, and access to interact with the BarlowGirl online community. Already leading the music industry with multi-faceted industry services, Word Entertainment continues to pave the way for...
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pureNRG
One of Christian music’s top-selling and top touring acts, tween group pureNRG recently returned from a mission trip to Monterey, Mexico with representatives from Word Entertainment, Family Christian Stores, The James Fund and Back2Back Ministries. Thousands of new shoes are being purchased for orphans and needy children in Mexico and the Dominican Republic because of the great response to pureNRG’s The Real Thing pre-sale through...
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Kutless
Last week, BEC Recordings' artist Kutless introduced “It Is Well,” the follow up to the RIAA Gold selling “Strong Tower” album, as radio listeners and media responded loudly to the album. Driven by the challenge to do something different, Kutless strived for this release to reflect the band’s heart and who God is. “We started with a goal, but, through the process, God took that goal and turned it back around to Himself...
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Susan Boyle inspired the world earlier this year with her undiscovered vocal gifts on “Britain’s Got Talent.” Now, Integrity Music will partner with Sony Music to release her debut CD, culminating her journey from former church volunteer to global recording artist. Boyle’s CD I Dreamed a Dream will be released on Nov. 23 with Integrity Music distributing the record to Christian retail. Boyle surprised the world with her powerful, heart stopping voice when she walked onto the...
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*Tuesday, October 27th 2009*

Stryper
Stryper will give an unplugged performance on the popular nationally syndicated TV morning show DAYTIME on Tuesday, Oct. 27 (check local listings). Vocalist/guitarist Michael Sweet and guitarist Oz Fox will perform an acoustic version of “Peace of Mind” from their new album Murder by Pride, as well as their classic hit song “Soldiers Under Command...
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Matt Brouwer
Acclaimed Canadian singer/songwriter Matt Brouwer received two Covenant Awards—including Fan Choice Artist of the Year—at the 2009 Covenant Awards held Friday in Calgary, Alberta. The Awards were presented during GMA Canada’s Music Week. "To receive the Fan Choice Artist of the Year Award is an amazing honor,” Brouwer said. “There are days when, as musicians, we wonder if anything we are doing is reaching people at all...
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downhere
The critically-acclaimed pop/rock band, Downhere, took home an impressive NINE 2009 Covenant Awards during the 31st Gospel Music Association Canada show Friday night in Calgary, Alberta. Downhere ranked as the highest award winner this year after receiving eleven nominations and took home 9 awards. "Wow! We never would have thought that we would get eleven nominations, much less win nine awards,” says Marc Martel of...
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*Monday, October 26th 2009*

Switchfoot
SWITCHFOOT will kick off its fall headlining tour in San Diego on November 8 for 94.9’s Anniversary Bash. The band will then appear on “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” performing on the outside stage on November 12th. The tour will feature SWITCHFOOT playing Hello Hurricane in its entirety, followed by fan favorites from its previous records. The band will be collecting donations for local food banks along the tour route, so fans are encouraged to bring non-perishable items to the concerts...
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*Friday, October 23rd 2009*

Sanctus Real
Award-winning band Sanctus Real gives fans an early preview of its upcoming, fifth studio album with its brand new song, “Forgiven,” which is already a Top 20 hit at radio. While the full album is releasing on Sparrow Records March 9, 2010, “Forgiven” is available now as a digital download wherever you buy digital music, including Amazon MP3 and iTunes, where the song became a No. 6 best-seller yesterday on the Christian and Gospel chart. “The working-out of forgiveness is so key to our growth and maturity...
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Phil Wickham
With her first-ever holiday offering Christmas Like This releasing November 10th, Ayiesha Woods is now slated to join Natalie Grant on the “Believe” Christmas tour during the month of December. The "Believe" tour kicks off December 1st in Montgomery, AL and goes on to Georgia, South Carolina, Ohio, Texas, and Kansas, with the final show in Missouri on December 18th. Additional shows will be added in the upcoming weeks. Full tour details and ticket information can be found at...
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Carlos Whittaker has described himself in many ways: worshipper, pastor, thinker, experience architect, Web 2.0 junkie. Now, he adds recording artist to his life story after being signed to the Integrity Music Label. Integrity Music plans to introduce Whittaker, who has been a worship leader for more than a decade, through a digital EP scheduled for release in early 2010 with a full album slated to release later in the year. Whittaker’s day job since 2007 has been as worship leader for Buckhead Church...
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*Thursday, October 22nd 2009*

SONICFlOOd
JFH News Shorts featuring SONICFLOOd, Family Force 5, Kids In The Way, The Almost: "Along with the announcement of a brand new Christmas album, When Love First Cried, SONICFLOOd recently announced that their guitarist Phil Baquie is shipping out to Afghanistan. Below is their announcement... "Nashville, TN - October 21, 2009 - Last Wednesday, Phil received orders that he is being being deployed to Afghanistan for about one year as part of "Operation Enduring Freedom." 'To say I am in shock would be an understatement & I was not anticipating this happening anytime soon as I'm in the...
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Creation Festival
America's largest Christian music and teaching festivals, the Creation Festivals, announce a new venue for the annual Creation Northwest. Creation 2010 is “going green” with this exciting new move. After twelve amazing years in the high desert and extreme heat at the Gorge Amphitheater; Creation Festival Northwest is moving to the picturesque, green valley at Enumclaw Expo Center in Enumclaw, Washington. The Enumclaw Expo Center, also known as the home to the King County Fair, will be the perfect setting...
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Shane and Shane
Shane & Shane has cemented its status as one of contemporary Christian music’s most consistent, compelling, and successful artists for nearly a decade. A staple on the fickle college circuit, the acoustic guitar-wielding duo has averaged 250-300 shows per year for most of its career. Between independent recordings, six studio releases, and a combo CD/DVD live project, its tally hovers around a half-million records sold. It would be easy to let these statistics overshadow the essential reason Shane & Shane has come so far in the first place. “The ministry of Shane & Shane is to just tell people about Jesus,” explains Shane Barnard with his characteristic Texan candor...
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Dream Records announces the release today of its high energy, yet nostalgic & emotional, Dream Christmas record. The project features artists such as Stephen Petree, Coffey Anderson, Press Play, I’m OK You’re OK, Joel Bodker, Sada K, Stephen Wrabel and Tyler Logan performing unique and heart-felt renditions of well-known Christmas songs, like “Silent Night” and “Winter Wonderland,” while artists like Petree deliver stirring songs such as “O Holy Night” in a way never before heard...
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Sandi Patty
Available nationwide this week, Stylos Records and “the voice” of Christian music Sandi Patty, celebrate Patty’s first LIVE project in nearly 10 years: Sandi Patty Christmas LIVE. This live DVD and CD recording brings the one of a kind live Christmas event that has captured the hearts of people across the country and has ushered in the celebration of Christmas as only Sandi Patty can. Filmed in front of a live audience in Richardson, TX along with the support of a live orchestra and choir, the album...
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*Wednesday, October 21st 2009*

Sanctus Real
JFH Morning News Shorts featuring Sanctus Real, Matthew West, Switchfoot, Flyleaf, Everyday Sunday: "Ahead of its fifth studio album, due in early 2010, Sanctus Real has released another heart-stirring song, "Forgiven." The current radio single is now available wherever you buy digital music including iTunes and Amazon MP3. The impact of the song is being felt on the band's site. Sanctus Real is streaming the song on its site and asking listeners to share their own stories of forgiveness. Numerous responses from all around the world have already poured in as people share stories of forgiveness, hope, and redemption...
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NewSong
Give Yourself Away, the 18th recording from GRAMMY-nominated NewSong, is slated to bow November 24 on the group’s new imprint, His Honor Music, which is distributed by EMI CMG. Marking the official return of acclaimed vocalist Russ Lee to the group, the project is also NewSong’s first collaboration with one of Christian music’s most renowned producers, Charlie Peacock. “EMI CMG is very honored by our new partnership with NewSong,” said Bill Hearn, President and CEO, EMI CMG. “NewSong has made a tremendous impact in people's lives over the...
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Phillips, Craig & Dean
Phillips, Craig & Dean’s “Revelation Song” continues to be unstoppable at Christian radio. This week marks the 15th week in a row “Revelation Song” has sat atop the Billboard Christian AC Monitored chart, making it the longest running No. 1 song in any format in Christian radio this year. 100% of the Christian AC panel has added the single. “We are so grateful to radio that after 18 years, they are still making a place for us,” says band member Randy Phillips...
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*Tuesday, October 20th 2009*

B.Reith
Extra Mile Merch, a full-service merchandise development and screen-printing company, recently designed and debuted the Now Is Not Forever line for rising pop artist B.Reith (Gotee). The Now Is Not Forever line was designed exclusively for B.Reith and features themes from his latest project by the same name including Now Is Not Forever, Awe Struck and others. B.Reith is in front of fans nightly as he performs across the nation as part of two major tours...
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downhere
Centricity Music will launch its second annual holiday tour in support of their highly popular Christmas project, Bethlehem Skyline. So far, seven dates have been announced with additional bookings forthcoming. Currently, the tour launches on December 5th and ends December 20th with stops in Minneapolis, Detroit, St. Louis, Omaha, Green Bay and Wilmington, North Carolina. Centricity artists to be featured on the tour include; Downhere, Jason Gray and Lanae’ Hale. The concert combines a fresh blend of Christmas classics with original compositions for an intimate evening celebrating Christ’s birth...
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Day Of Fire
Nashville based hard rockers Day Of Fire's latest release, Losing All, is set to hit stores on January 26th 2010. The album features 13 ambitious, high energy rock songs, including the first single, "Lately." The Grammy nominated band has sold over 150,000 albums and performed for over 750,000 devoted fans worldwide. They have previously toured with Saliva, Cold, Rev Theory, Collective Soul, and recently hit the road with Daughtry, who also co-wrote three tracks on the new album. Losing All is a powerful hard-rock record that showcases the growth of band professionally and personally. Day of Fire will tour this Fall and in 2010 in support of the album...
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*Monday, October 19th 2009*

Plumb
Acclaimed Curb recording artist and multi-format singer/songwriter Plumb returns with Beautiful History - A Hits Collection, releasing November 3. The double CD, 20-track set features new songs “Hang On” and “Beautiful History,” produced by long-time Plumb collaborator Matt Bronleewe, along with new recordings of such Plumb favorites as “God Shaped Hole,” “Stranded” and “Here With Me.” "Hang On" is the project's first single. Beautiful History also includes a new mix of “Damaged” (Redemption Extended Version) along with two radio edits...
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Cross Movement
We just got word from the Melissa Foat Booking Agency that one of the original members of Cross Movement suddenly passed away this past weekend. Below is an email from Melissa. Please keep the friends and members of Enoch's family in your special prayers. - JFH .... "Greetings Everyone, Many of you knew and heard Juan “Enoch” James on Heavens Mentality, House of Reps, and Human Emergency albums put out by Cross Movement Records. However we knew him as family, friend, and brother. You may also remember one of his most famous quotable: “Introducing the LORD JESUS the CHRIST the Author the finisher...
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House Of Heroes
It’s been a busy year for House Of Heroes with the release The End Is Not The End CD followed by two EP releases The Acoustic End and House Of Heroes Meets The Beatles as well as non-stop touring, and it’s not over as the band is looking to end the year with a bang with the release of their first holiday EP on November 10 as well they will be embarking on the biggest traveling Christmas party to date “The Family Force 5 Christmas Pageant...
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*Saturday, October 17th 2009*

Skillet
JFH Morning News Shorts featuring Skillet, Run Kid Run, The Afters, Phil Wickham, Flyleaf: "Calling all Skillet fans on Facebook! The band will be hosting a live chat session on October 27th via Facebook and partner UStream. Skillet will be answering questions and talking to fans starting 6:00 PM EST / 3:00 PM PST, so don't miss this chance to interact with the band as they celebrate the release of their latest album, Awake, featuring the radio hit single, "Monster," and the track "Hero." Visit their official Facebook page for all the info, and grab the...
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Mary Mary
Award winning duo, Mary Mary (Integrity/Sony Music), have received two 2009 American Music Award nominations which include, Favorite Band, Duo or Group, Soul/Rhythm & Blues Music and Favorite Artist, Contemporary Inspirational. Mary Mary’s prior American Music Award nominations include Favorite R&B/Soul or Hip-Hop New Artist in 2001 and a win in 2005 for Favorite Inspirational/Christian Contemporary Artist. The American Music Award nominations helps to close a banner year for Mary Mary who in 2009 have already won a Grammy...
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BeBe & CeCe Winans
The platinum-selling Grammy Award-winning Gospel/R&B duo BeBe & CeCe Winans are soaring high on the charts this week as the pair's critically acclaimed reunion album STILL, is proclaimed as "inspiring and uplifting" by the nation's number one newspaper, USA Today. Released on October 6, 2009, STILL is currently the country's #1 Gospel album as it also rides high earning the #2 R&B/Hip-Hop album and...
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*Friday, October 16th 2009*

Kevin Max
Kevin Max's Monster Mash will be held at The Rutledge (410 4th Ave South) in downtown Nashville on Friday, October 30th. The 18+ event will feature an evening of 80's-themed cover songs by dPulse Recordings artist (and former dcTalk member) Kevin Max, as well as special performances by KNAPSACKHEROES! and Collier. Max took to his website in September to offer fans the opportunity to pick the playlist for the night, offering a list of 40 possible cover songs...
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*Thursday, October 15th 2009*

delirious
Following its farewell US tour, the UK-based, RIAA Certified Gold-selling, GRAMMY-nominated and Dove Award winning band Delirious? releases its History Makers: Greatest Hits CD Nov. 6 worldwide and Nov. 17 in the US on Kingsway (Survivor) with EMI CMG Distribution. Known as the forerunners of the modern worship movement and as one of the industry’s best live bands, Delirious? is saying “farewell” throughout the US with a final, two-night event at the Dallas Convention Center Oct. 23-24. (See all remaining US tour dates...
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Tal & Acacia
New music from sister duo Tal & Acacia will be prominently featured tonight during ABC’s hit primetime drama “Private Practice.” The ABC network’s placement of the song “Drifting Away” follows last week’s iTunes spotlight of the duo’s track “ClearView,” as its notable Discovery Download selection. Both songs appear on the duo’s debut album titled Wake Me, released at iTunes on Oct. 6. The album skyrocketed up the iTunes charts hitting Top 5 Christian Albums, Top 20 Pop Albums, and broke into the Top 100 Overall Albums...
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The Almost
JFH Morning News Shorts featuring The Almost, Family Force 5, Take It Back!, A Plea For Purging: You probably know that Aaron Gillespie, the lead singer of The Almost, also plays drums for Underoath... but did you know he's quite the food enthusiast? Well, right now Aaron is giving fans a chance to COOK with him! Read on... "Aaron Gillespie: Front Man. Drummer. Food Enthusiast? That’s right. We all know that Aaron can shred on stage, but you may not know that he’s also a “monster monster” in the kitchen. If you share Aaron’s love of tasty foods, and are up for a culinary challenge, then you could win a chance to cook with Aaron in Los Angeles! Head over to the official...
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*Wednesday, October 14th 2009*

Brandon Heath
Singer/songwriter and Male Vocalist of the Year Brandon Heath added another highlight to a breakout year with his first American Music Awards nomination, announced yesterday in Los Angeles. Heath will vie for the title of Favorite Artist in the Contemporary Inspirational category at the 37th AMA Awards, set for live broadcast Sunday, November 22 (8:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT) on ABC. For the third year, winners will be determined by online voting at www.amavote.com...
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Mark Schultz
Dove award-winning singer/songwriter Mark Schultz partnered last week with the largest Christian radio network, K-LOVE, for the Home Delivery promotion, in which four winners received an intimate living room concert with Mark Schultz, in addition to a $500 gift certificate for a home improvement. The winners were notified a day before Mark arrived at their homes, and were encouraged to invite family, friends and neighbors to celebrate the concert at their homes. Several of the winners had personal stories that connected directly...
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Relient K
The latest from the GRAMMY ® nominated Relient K, Forget and Not Slow Down, has proven to be a fan favorite landing in No. 1 at Christian soundscan, No. 15 on Billboard Top 200 and garnering as high as the No. 3 spot on the iTunes ® Overall Album chart selling more than 33,000 units. The band teamed up with longtime producer Mark Townsend, and enlisted legendary mixer Andy Wallace (Nirvana, Jeff Buckley, Sheryl Crow) for their latest release on the band’s newly revived record label, Mono Vs. Stereo, in conjunction...
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Phil Wickham
Since the release of his critically acclaimed sophomore album Cannons, distinguished singer/songwriter Phil Wickham finds his voice on his third studio album Heaven and Earth set to land on November 17. Even with the critical acclaim he’s garnered, for the first time in his career, Wickham feels that he has a story to tell: he wants to remind the Church for what and who we are created for. Produced by Pete Kipley (MercyMe, The Afters, Kutless) Heaven and Earth is not only an...
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Christian music duo Chynna & Vaughan will unveil their new single off the debut album One Reason, with a live performance on ABC’s Good Morning America on Friday, Oct. 16, scheduled during the 8:30am EST half-hour. Making its national television debut, the single will simultaneously release to Christian radio stations, and be further supported by a Provident Label Group promotion rallying viewers to tune in and register to win new music. *Promotion details below...
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Red
JFH News Shorts featuring Red, Staple, Tal & Acacia, Third Day, Fireflight: Want to get special access to an acoustic set on RED's bus? Now you can!... "Hey guys, we are offering a very cool "ACOUSTIC EXPERIENCE" offer during the CLASS OF 2009 TOUR, which starts 10/27 in San Antonio. Visit this link to learn more about this limited, special offer, where you can get an autographed copy of Innocence & Instinct, a t-shirt and...
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*Tuesday, October 13th 2009*

GMA
An unprecedented gathering of Christian and Gospel music’s premier artists and industry leaders united last night (10/12) for a concert to celebrate their musical legacy and support the mission of the Gospel Music Association (GMA), the non-profit trade organization which has championed Christian music for more than 45 years. The musical event lived up to its billing as “the Concert of the Decade” with performances by Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith, Casting Crowns, MercyMe, Kirk Franklin...
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Stellar Kart
Award-winning pop-rock outfit Stellar Kart has landed a new home with Nashville-based label, INO Records. The band will release its forth studio album, Everything Is Different Now, March 9, 2009. A favorite among youth group circles, Stellar Kart looks forward to the next phase of its thriving career with INO’s support. “We've been through a lot in the past year and have been searching and praying for what...
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Jeremy Camp
Jeremy Camp was nominated today for his second American Music Award in the Contemporary Inspirational category. Nominations were announced this morning in Beverly Hills, CA for the 2009 36th Annual American Music Awards. The live broadcast will take place at the NOKIA Theatre L.A. LIVE on Sunday, November 22nd (8:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT) on ABC. Camp was nominated along with Brandon Heath and Mary Mary in the Contemporary Inspirational category...
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*Monday, October 12th 2009*

Newsboys
Best-selling newsboys recently inked a deal with American Athletics, a licensed Converse distributor, to launch its own line of Converse Chuck Taylor All Star shoes. The joint venture commemorates the first time the shoes have been branded with a Christian music artist’s logo. Dead, The Who, Ozzy Osbourne, and now newsboys. An exclusive partnership developed by Bernard Porter (PCG Nashville) and...
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Owl City announces his first few weeks of 2010 tour dates in support of his incredibly successful label debut – Ocean Eyes – out now on Universal Republic. MySpace will offer an exclusive ticket pre-sale beginning October 16th and running through October 23rd for the tour dates. The tour kicks off January 21st at the Beaumont Club in Kansas City, MO and sees Owl City with full band in tow heading through the Midwest, Southeast and up the East Coast through mid-February. The short US tour will include special guests Lights and Deas Vail and sees the band hitting some of the smaller markets not visited this past fall...
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Mark Harris
INO Records’ recording artist, Mark Harris, who over the course of fifteen years gave Christian music 22 No. 1 hits and received 8 Dove awards as a member of 4Him, has created his first solo Christmas album titled Christmas Is. Now available nationwide, Christmas Is speaks to the warmth of the season’s true spirit: giving to those who have less, celebrating with loved ones, and recognizing the beauty and the mystery of Christ’s birth...
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*Saturday, October 10th 2009*

Nevertheless
JFH News Shorts featuring Nevertheless, Project 86, Cool Hand Luke, Jimmy Needham: After reversing their decision to quit earlier this Summer, Nevertheless has changed their minds again, deciding that 2009 would mark the end of the band. Below is their official announcement... "Friends, I hope all is well!l. Although this may come with a bit of sadness, we have to share some important news with you all. The honest truth is that we have been wrestling with some tough decisions lately regarding band life, personal life, etc..., and we have come to a crossroads. After much thought, prayer, and consideration, we have decided that Nevertheless will be...
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*Friday, October 9th 2009*

Phil Wickham
GRAMMY- nominated singer Ayiesha Woods injects her soulful vocal prowess into a classic holiday offering with Christmas Like This on November 10th. The album will be available as a physical CD product exclusively through MusiChristian.com with the digital album being available at all other online retailers. “Here at MusiChristian.com we believe strongly in partnerships and are thrilled to partner with Gotee and Ayeisha on her latest Christmas project,” says Daniel Smallbone, CEO of MusiChristian.com and BooksChristian.com...
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Matt Maher
Matt Maher, worship artist and renowned songwriter, celebrates 3 new radio adds this week from WVFJ in Atlanta, KVMV in McAllen, Texas and KLRC, Fayetteville, Arkansas. With these additional stations on board, Maher's "Alive Again" jumps to No. 18 on the Christian AC Monitored Chart, No. 16 on the AC Indicator Chart and No. 17 on the Billboard National Audience Chart position. "Alive Again" is now being played on more than half the radio stations in the country and has been heard by more than 100 million people, since its July 3 add date...
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Sara Groves
It's a wonder why more artists don't do special preorders like this, but today Sara Groves announced a special preorder for her new album, Fireflies and Songs, which releases November 17th. Preordering the album at her website would land you with a digital copy TODAY (more than a month early!). Below is her announcement... "Limited Time Special Offer on Sara’s New Album “Fireflies and Songs”.... GET A DIGITAL COPY TODAY! Receive an immediate digital download of the entire record when you pre-order...
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*Thursday, October 8th 2009*

The Almost
JFH News Shorts featuring Third Day, Newsboys, Since October, Switchfoot, Brian Littrell, Onward to Olympas: Third Day is recruiting fan reporters at their shows and each fan who helps out will have a chance to win a special Third Day Flip Video Camera! "We're looking for dedicated Third Day fans to play reporter for each night of Third Day's Revelation Tour throughout October. The criteria is simple: You must live in the area and have tickets to the concert, You must feel comfortable using a video camera and be available 2 hours prior to the show...
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The Rocket Summer
After more than two years of non-stop touring as The Rocket Summer, frontman, songwriter and multi-instrumental mastermind Bryce Avary has finally been able to put the finishing touches on his second major label album release on Island Records, OF MEN AND ANGELS, due to arrive early next year. Single “You Gotta Believe” will premier on AlternativePress.com on October 19th. Fans can hear early teases of the song on the site week of October 12th...
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Seventh Day Slumber
This year has been a year of firsts for Seventh Day Slumber as they released their worship-oriented project "Take Everything" in addition to receiving a DOVE Award for Spanish Recorded Album of the Year. Plowing ahead, BEC Recordings' Seventh Day Slumber continues to introduce their fans to authentic worship while maintaining their rock, alternative style on the road, at radio and in the studio...
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Living Sacrifice
As previously announced, Living Sacrifice are back with their brand new album, "The Infinite Order," their first release since reforming in 2008. The release has been moved from November 3 to January 26, 2010 on Solid State Records. This will be the band's seventh studio album. Powerful, forthright, thrashy and skillfully executed as ever, the album serves as an unapologetic reminder as to exactly why so many of today's heavy music leaders hold Living Sacrifice and in such high-esteem...
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SCC
Steven Curtis Chapman and his wife Mary Beth are well-known for their long legacy of advocating on behalf of the world's orphans. Show Hope, the non-profit organization they founded, mobilizes individuals and communities to care for orphans. The ministry also provides waiting children with families by giving financial grants to those adopting, and Show Hope is proud to announce that they have recently given their 2000th grant to an adopting family! Since its inception, Show Hope has financially helped provide forever homes for over 2,000...
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Esterlyn
Come out and join Esterlyn and Pastor Bob Caldwell for an evening of passionate worship and fresh vision for reaching others with the love of Jesus Christ! Head to http://www.openyourhearttour.com & http://www.esterlyn.com for more information! “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, who bring glad tidings of good things.” Romans 10:15...
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Brenton Brown has posted compelling song stories on YouTube for “Adoration” and “Everlasting God,” both found on Introducing Brenton Brown, a six-song CD for $5 from Kingsway with distribution by EMI CMG. Click on the links below and consider adding these stories to your website, passing along via twitter, incorporating into your blogs, etc...
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Go Fish
Acclaimed family entertainers Go Fish are capping a groundbreaking season following the unprecedented success of their debut curriculum, Backstage with the Bible: A Vacation Bible School Experience. In the United States and Canada, 350 churches utilized the VBS program, while Go Fish performed for a combined total of nearly 30,000 people this summer alone. In addition to their regular touring schedule, the group presented 25 VBS-related concerts from New York to California...
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Christian rock band Canopy Red has signed with Nashville-based Creative Soul Records. The band's self-titled debut 5-song EP, produced by Eric Copeland, will be available on November 3rd at iTunes. The Tallahassee, Florida-based band has been compared to such artists as Sanctus Real, Relient K and The Afters. But it's not only their sound that draws the comparisons, but the foursome's common goal to impact this generation with the Gospel...
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*Wednesday, October 7th 2009*

Jeremy Camp
Reaching fans worldwide with his powerhouse voice and touching story, BEC Recordings' Jeremy Camp has made his mark in the music industry with five albums, three RIAA Gold Certifications, 17 No. 1 radio hits, and most recently the RIAA Multi-Platinum Certification of his long-form video and worship project "Live Unplugged." This award ushers in a new project from Camp that is releasing on November 17th. The "Live" album was recorded throughout the last year as Camp toured the nation. The November release features a collection of 14 live songs...
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SCC
In celebration of November as National Adoption Awareness Month, Show Hope and Steven Curtis Chapman, along with Focus on the Family and FamilyLife, are helping to lead the charge on Sunday, November 8th -"Orphan Sunday" - for a live event in Nashville with one goal: raising awareness of the more than 140 million orphans worldwide. The free event, beginning at 4pm CST, will be simulcast through satellite, Moody Radio Network and Gospel Music Channel, and will also be available through a webcast at www.OrphanSunday.org...
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Following up their debut EP release, All We Need Is Sound, Word Records newest four-piece rock band Satellites & Sirens released their Breaking the Noise EP on Tuesday as their single “Take Me Back” continues to climb the charts. Including the tracks “Breaking the Noise”, “Come On”, and “Anchor” as well as the music video for the title track, the EP can be purchased at the bands official website and on iTunes...
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Todd Agnew
Need, the fifth studio album from Ardent and INO Records’ artist Todd Agnew, is raking in acclaim across the board from media as the album released this week on October 6. “The music is great, and his vocals seem to be at the top of his game this time around.” – JesusFreakHideout.com “Some tracks will make you want to lift your hands in worship, and others will make you want to jump in row for a line...
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Andrew Peterson
Celebrated singer/songwriter and author Andrew Peterson recently announced dates for his highly anticipated and critically acclaimed Christmas tour, which features special guests and friends Brandon Heath, Jill Phillips and Andy Gullahorn. In addition, the band will consist of Matt Slocum, Ben Shive, Andrew Osenga, Cason Cooley, Todd Bragg, and Gabe Scott. This euphonic event features Peterson’s acclaimed Christmas song cycle, Behold The Lamb Of God: The True Tall Tale of the Coming of Christ. The tour begins December 3rd in Elmhurst, IL, which will mark the 10th...
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After only one week, Dreampilots' North American debut album Comedown (Red Hammer Records/E1 Entertainment Distribution) has landed on the iTunes "New and Noteworthy" list of current rock genre releases. The album is currently featured on the top of the Rock genre page at the iTunes store alongside such popular artists as Flyleaf, Creed, Tokio Hotel, Joe Perry and others. The Norway-based foursome, which has drawn comparisons as...
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*Tuesday, October 6th 2009*

Fee
After nabbing the No. 1 position on the iTunes ® Christian and Gospel Album chart and the No. 22 spot on the overall iTunes ® album chart upon its release, Fee’s Hope Rising streets today with the radio single “Glory to God Forever” mounting on the charts and media giving acclaim to the band’s latest efforts. Below is just a sample of the media’s response to Hope Rising: “Hope Rising is a definite necessity for any avid CCM or praise & worship fan...
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The Katinas
Michael W. Smith and Jeremy Camp have added their voices to the "Hope For Samoa" free benefit concert being organized by The Katinas to aid their battered homeland from the after-effects of the of the 8.2 magnitude earthquake and resultant walls of 15-20 foot high tsunami waves that ravaged Samoa on September 29th. The Katinas lost both family and friends in the disaster. The event will be held tomorrow--Wednesday, October 7th at Fellowship Bible Church in Brentwood, Tennessee-just outside of Nashville...
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Relient K
Relient K delivers Forget And Not Slow Down today, the first project since taking helm of their newly revived record label, Mono Vs. Stereo. Forget And Not Slow Down is available nationwide in conjunction with JIVE Records. Along with a top 10 Christian rock song with the title track, media have responded with killer reviews for the CD that is said to carry the ‘break-up album’ into the 21st century...
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The Almost
The Almost's (Tooth & Nail/Virgin/EMI) album Monster Monster doesn't come out until Nov. 3, but the band and label have partnered with lifestyle retailer Hot Topic in an innovative promotion for the Oct. 6 release of a limited edition, five-track EP, that will be available exclusively at the Hot Topic, the band's website (http://www.thealmostmerch.com/) and on the group's upcoming tour. The package will include the full length packaging for Monster Monster...
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Veteran rapper Benjiman releases his sophomore CD, S.K.R.I.P.T. (Spreading Kingdom Realities In Perilous Times), today on Save the City Records. Produced by Brandon Bee (Amber Pacific, Jaime Jamgochian, Stacie Orrico) and featuring collaborations with Sparrow Records recording artist Shawn McDonald and indie artist Paul Wright (formerly of Gotee Records), S.K.R.I.P.T. is already garnering favorable reviews...
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Mikeschair
It's been a while since we've heard from Curb Records band MIKESCHAIR. No, they aren't taking any time off - they've actually been quite the active rock band. With their second radio tune on its way up the charts, with playing on one of the most unique tours out this fall, and with helping donate shoes to well over 7,000 children, yes, MIKESCHAIR hasn't had time to sit. According to the radio charts, the band's second radio single, "Let The Waters Rise," has...
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Chris Tomlin
With the release of his first Christmas album, Glory In The Highest, available nationwide today, GRAMMY ® nominee and Dove Award winner Chris Tomlin will embark on his first Christmas tour this December. The Glory In The Highest Christmas tour will also feature Louie Giglio, Passion Conferences visionary, leader and Passion City Church pastor, along with the vocals of fellow sixstepsrecords’ artist Christy Nockels and new...
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*Monday, October 5th 2009*

Teen Mania Ministries’ recently launched label, Ee-Taow Records, has called upon EMI CMG to provide distribution and publishing for the new worship label which introduces its flagship artist, Unhindered, with the release of Be on Oct. 20, 2009. Under the agreements, EMI CMG Distribution will provide worldwide distribution, including all physical and digital product sales in both Christian and mainstream retail markets and digital and international sales, according to...
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Tal & Acacia
New music from sister duo Tal & Acacia is a hot topic with both iTunes and the ABC network, as two songs off the group’s debut album titled Wake Me are set for feature placement. Launching tomorrow, Oct.6, iTunes selects the track “ClearView” for its FREE Discovery Download week-long spotlight, and chooses to further promote Tal & Acacia’s music through the iTunes Facebook group, reaching over 2 million fans. In conjunction with this promotion, Tal & Acacia’s 11-song debut album Wake Me releases tomorrow at iTunes. Tal & Acacia’s music will also be heard in primetime next week as ABC selects the track...
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Relient K
Sure, we're aware the PR team for Relient K will make this announcement in a much more formal fashion sometime today, but we thought we'd share the exciting news ASAP that Relient K's brand new album Forget And Not Slow Down - which releases tomorrow, October 6 - is available TODAY (that is, a day early) at AMAZON.com via AmazonMP3 as their "Deal of the Day" for just $3.99. This sale is for today only, and Amazon's version includes an EXCLUSIVE song called "Terminals...
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*Friday, October 2nd 2009*

Seabird
Credential Recordings piano pop/rock band Seabird readies the release of its highly anticipated sophomore studio project, Rocks Into Rivers, Dec. 15, 2009. The group has jump-started its promotion of Rocks Into Rivers, currently debuting the record live on David Crowder Band’s fall 2009 tour. A follow up to Seabird’s 2008 critically acclaimed label debut, ‘Til We See The Shore, Rocks Into Rivers features...
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Sara Groves
As one of the industry’s most prolific and most–celebrated artists, Sara Groves will deliver her most personal recording yet, and what she describes as her ‘songwriter’s album,’ “FIREFLIES & SONGS,” on November 17th. With her two previous INO recordings, Add to the Beauty and Tell Me What You Know, Groves focused on a theme and wrote poetic commentary with songs about social justice and the impoverished. However, early in the pre-production process of “Fireflies & Songs,” INO Record’s president Jeff Moseley suggested that "It's been a long time since...
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MercyMe
Multi-platinum and GRAMMY® nominated band MercyMe is inviting fans to spend “An Evening with MercyMe” this fall, as they visit auditoriums and churches across America. For each night of the tour, audiences will be entertained not only by the award-winning band as they perform hits to include “Finally Home,” “You Reign,” “Word of God Speak,” “Homesick,” and of course “I Can Only Imagine,” but some special guests as well. Worship band FEE and new artist Jonny Diaz will be taking the opening spots for the month of October, while GMA’s New...
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B.Reith
B.Reith’s debut album, Now Is Not Forever, has nabbed the #2 spot on the R&B/Hip Hop chart first week out with solid placement at #32 on the Billboard Heatseeker chart and #46 on the CBA chart. B.Reith, one of Gotee Records’ rising new artists, unveiled his 12-song Now Is Not Forever last week to fans worldwide via a live online listening party. He will be highly visible in the coming months as he criss-crosses the nation as part of two major tours, including the currently underway 30-date Creation Festival Tour, followed by a run of 20 cities on Winter Wonder Slam with tobyMac and Relient K. In addition, the first single “Antidote” is going for adds at radio with a new music...
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Shane and Shane
Celebrated acoustic duo Shane & Shane releases its seventh career studio project, Everything Is Different, Nov. 3, 2009. The record’s debut radio single, “My Hope Is Built,” will vie for adds at Christian Adult Contemporary radio beginning Nov. 6. With contributions by star producers Peter Kipley (Mercy Me, Kutless) and Jason Hoard (Fee) as well as audio engineering legend Steve Churchyard (The Eagles, INXS, Kelly Clarkson), Everything Is Different was recorded both in San Diego and Dallas. Heavily influenced by Shane & Shane’s role as worship leaders at their home church in Red Oak...
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The Almost
JFH News Shorts featuring The Almost, MxPx, Run Kid Run, Skillet, Pocket Full Of Rocks, Carl Cartee: The idea behind the new Monster EP from The Almost is certainly a unique one. With the purchase of the October 6 EP, fans will get a 5-song EP of new and b-side songs as well as a blank disc for burning their new album Monster Monster to the disc when it releases on November 3rd. Check out this video of Aaron Gillespie explaining the packaging concept...
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*Thursday, October 1st 2009*

Red
Rock band RED enters the home stretch of 2009 busier than ever, thanks to the strength of the material off its sophomore record, Innocence & Instinct. The third single off the album, “Mystery of You” has made it all the way to No. 1 on Billboard’s Christian Rock chart for the week of September 28th. Innocence & Instinct’s two previous singles, “Death of Me” and “Fight Inside”, also hit No. 1 giving the band a total of eight consecutive career No. 1...
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Hawk Nelson
Releasing their fourth studio project that embodied everything fans know as Hawk Nelson, the band's "Live Life Loud" debuted at No. 54 on the Billboard Top 200 albums. The project was the third top album on the overall Christian chart, the 18th digital album in the nation, the second digital album on the Christian chart and debuted with eight singles in the Top 200 digital tracks. The release followed nationwide promotions with the AmazonMP3.com Deal of the Day on street day...
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Paul Baloche
Two-time Dove Award winning Paul Baloche is one of today’s most influential worship leaders and songwriters. Glorious, his eighth collection of new worship songs, releases Nov. 3 on Integrity Music and features co-writes with Michael W. Smith, Brenton Brown, Meredith Andrews, Jason Ingram, Ben Gowell and Rita Baloche. In addition to the CD, worship resources for Glorious include a print and digital songbook, CD trax and more...
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The Katinas
The effects of the 8.2 magnitude earthquake and resultant walls of 15-20 foot high tsunami waves that ravaged Samoa this past Tuesday, Sept. 29th, were personally felt a world away in Nashville, Tennessee by one of Christian music's most celebrated groups, The Katinas, who can claim Samoa as their native homeland. They lost both friends and family in the disaster. In the wake of waves of death and destruction that surged more than a mile inland on the tiny island nation, the band is...
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A peaceful escape from the noise of the day, pressures of life, or just some quiet time to think and reflect is much sought after yet hard to do at times. With Star Song Music’s release of the Be Still & Know series, gentle instrumental and vocal arrangements of well-known and meaningful Christian radio hits and worship songs will help usher in those moments whether driving in the car, preparing dinner, or enjoying your morning coffee. For those that like to listen to music by specific moods, this is the perfect soundtrack for any reflective and still moment no matter when...
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