*Thursday, September 27th, 2001*
Be sure to have your television tuned to MTV tonight (a suggestion that wouldn't be made
unless POD was involved), because Sonny and Wuv of San Diego boys P.O.D.
will be guests on TRL. Also, they have rescheduled their Tonight Show with Jay Leno
performance, and that will be on Friday, October 5th! Be sure to check out the guys on tour starting
in October. The Youth of the Nation Tour is almost upon us and features such bands as Blindside opening for
P.O.D. Also secular punk act, Fenix TX will be on the tour. Also, congrats to the band for their
latest video, "Alive" becoming the #1 most played MTV & MTV2 video at the moment,
and still holds the #1 spot on TRL! Shine bright on a dark station, guys!
ShineMK and V*enna
have both decided to break up. Shine's reason for disbanding is that they are just moving to new
pastures. V*enna's reason is that Lucy recently married Linz from The Tribe and
found that touring would be difficult. Best of luck to these artists.
On Thursday, September 27, during coordinated recording sessions in Miami, Los Angeles, New York,
Mexico City and Puerto Rico, Jaci Velasquez will join
artists Ricky Martin, Marc Anthony, Gloria Estafan,
Shakira, Alejandro Fernadez, Thalia, Celia Cruz, Carlos Vives to perform "El Ultimo Adios."
Emilio Estefan, along with Gian Marco and Jon Secada, wrote and will produce the song
specifically as a tribute for the recent tragedy in New York city, D.C. and Pennsylvania.
Univision will be filming the sessions at each location so that video footage can be made
available of this landmark recording. The video company is fully committed to this project
and will be donating airtime to advertise the sale of the CD single.
Wal Mart is joining in the celebration of Steven Curtis Chapman's
new album Declaration which released Tuesday. If you purchase the CD at Wal Mart,
it will include an exclusive bonus DVD only available through this store. The DVD contains
3 music videos ("Dive," "Lord of the Dance," and "Not Home Yet") with an option for commentary
by Steven himself.
Gener8xion Entertainment would like to thank all those who went and saw the
new Christian film, Megiddo this past weekend!
Megiddo was the #1 Performing Movie in the US, #1 Per
Screen Average, and #13 in overall National ticket sales.
If you have not seen it yet, go check it out. Megiddo will be moving into
a few additional markets due to this past week's success.
David Hutchison, drummer for Earthsuit, has left
the band. Reason being for him to spend more time with his family. His replacement will be named soon.
In celebration of the first full-length studio album from Third Day
in two years, Essential Records will launch a major presale retail campaign that includes a special
bonus offer for consumers: fans who pre-purchase Come Together between Sept. 25 and Nov. 5
will receive The Offerings Experience - live preview video free as an incentive.
The preview video will feature excerpts from the DVD and VHS project, including concert
performances, behind the scenes interviews and outtakes, plus a sneak peek of the first LIVE
performance of the title track "Come Together."
Gotee recording artist Jennifer Knapp recently performed
four songs from her forthcoming CD [the way I am] at the recent Southeast Region
of Handleman convention (Kmart, WalMart, etc.) in Nashville, TN.
Truly connecting with attendees, Doug Truex from EMI-CMG stated,
"you could hear a pin drop" in the room as virtually everyone sat mesmerized
by her performance. After closing with title track "The Way I Am," Knapp left the stage to a standing ovation.
Following the performance and response from the crowd, Knapp sat for an
impromptu CD signing, in which scores of Handleman reps came through the
line, expressing their enjoyment of the music and posing for pictures.
Still to come for Knapp this fall are scheduled performances for the Best
Buy national marketing team and at the Musicland Group's annual convention.
[the way I am] releases worldwide on November 20, 2001.
Who said good looks get you nowhere? ArdentEnthusiast.com reports that Kevin Max
was voted one of the most beautiful people in Tennessee. The Tennessean says that in Nashville Lifestyles
magazine, Titans running back Eddie George is the most beautiful person and many
musicians and actors are in the category. Most notable for us would surely have to be K Max. Congrats!
On October 9th comes a little something to tide fans over for awhile.
Delirious? will be releasing Deeper: The D:finitive Worship Experience.
This includes 25 songs on double discs featuring their worship classic hits. Also, a new song written by
lead singer Martin Smith, "Not Forgotten," will also be on the album. Look for the release of the band's newest
album, Audio Lessonover? to hit American shelves next spring. However, it is currently available in
the UK. Look for an exclusive JfH review of the album very soon!
And the steamroller will be rolling into Christian music...
This Christmas, Sparrow Records will have a part in history. The best selling Christmas albums artist
of all time, Mannheim Steamroller, will make their latest
Christmas CD available to Sparrow and the Chordant Distribution Group on November 6th.
Christmas Extraordinaire was produced by Grammy winning Chip Davis,
founder of Steamroller. There will be TV and radio campaigns for the album that will have 12
songs and the great Johnny Mathis as a guest on one track. This is a CD
that will go down in the books.
*Monday, September 22nd, 2001*
Michael W. Smith has now spoken out about the recent
tragedies in New York, D.C., and Pennsylvania...
What a week it has been. I hope and pray that God has been your strength
through this difficult time. I urge you to continue to pray for President
Bush and his advisors regarding the tough decisions that they will have to
make in the coming weeks and months ahead. In the wake of the tragedy that
our country has experienced, I have put together a couple of things that I
thought would be appropriate. May the Lord continue to draw us all closer
to Him in an awesome way.
("Freedom" w/ George Bush and Billy Graham voice over)
("Star Spangled Banner")
("Freedom" album version ((no voice over)) for production use)
Steven Curtis Chapman is making his Declaration tomorrow with his highly anticipated
new album hitting shelves. You can check out www.WindowsMedia.com
music homepage today and Tuesday
for their world premiere of Chapman's new video of "Live Out Loud" from
Declaration. This Friday, Steven will visit on air with Dr. James Dobson on Focus On
The Family's Radio Broadcast talking at length about the topic of
adoption. This exclusive interview is scheduled to air on October 29th on
over 2,000 Focus On The Family radio affiliates in the U.S. and Canada as
well as 98 other countries. More air date information will follow.
Chapman will also be a special guest at Focus On The Family's Chapel
service to lead them in worship and talk about adoption. For the JfH review of Declaration, including sound clips,
please click here.
Come Oct. 1, Bleach will be heading into
the studio in Nashville. All are wondering "What label?" This information has yet to be released,
but we will let you know when it becomes publicly known. They will be recording the first five songs for their next full-length record,
then return to the studio in January to record the second half of the record and finish.
*Friday, September 21st, 2001*
Grammy-winner CeCe Winans will be a guest on a special live taping of
"Oprah" today, Friday, September 21st (check local listings for airtimes). The
show is tentatively called "Music to Heal Our Hearts" in wake of last week's
horrific terrorist attack on America and will feature a number of musical
guests. On this special show, CeCe will perform "Looking Back at You" from
her new eponymous CD. She will also join her brother, BeBe Winans, for a
special duet of "Bridge Over Troubled Waters."
50,000 reserves have been called to duty by President George W. Bush. That
doesn't exclude rock stars either. Rob Beckley, lead singer of Pillar,
could possibly be called to active duty and he is willing to do all he can for the country.
He has been in the Army for more than four years.
More reading for you dc Talk fans. Michael Tait
will be releasing I Don't Want Your Sex For Now!, a book in a series on abstinance.
There will also be three spin off books to the Jesus Freak Series coming soon. Be sure to
get Kevin Max's Unfinished Work,
in November. Kevin will be heading to Barcelona, Spain to film a video for his song "Existence," soon.
Squad Five-O is having the cover changed to their
latest release, Bombs Over Broadway. They may never even play the song of the same title
again. All future pressings of the album will feature a totally different cover.
The image was that of New York City representing self-indulgence and could have been taken the
wrong way. The band feels as the cover brings the bombing to mind now and wants no part
of this image.
Congrats to P.O.D. for going Gold in their first
week of sales of their brand new album, Satellite. Although
only 166,000 units were sold, over 600,000 had been shipped prior to its release, certifying the album
as Gold even before its release. Also, they smashed through on the
Billboard Top 200 charts and landed at #6, outselling Mariah Carey's new album
which also debuted last week. The band's really cool new video, "Alive," is also still going strong at Number 1
on MTV's TRL. In distantly related news, Lifehouse's No Name Face
has gone double platinum.
On the heels of the summer success of the comedy Legally Blonde, and their soundtrack
tune "One Girl Revolution," Superchic[k] heads into the
fall with yet another hit movie featuring their music.
The Glass House (Columbia Pictures), starring LeeLee Sobieski,
features the title cut off their new debut project, Karaoke Superstars.
Gotee Records has followed in the footsteps of many artists responding to last week's terrorist
attack on America. Here's what they said: "This past week has been incredibly tough for many people across the country.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to all the families that lost loved ones last Tuesday.
Our own office has felt the impact of this tragedy, and at times like this, working at a record label seems
insignificant. But we want to assure you that Christ is the ultimate healer and provider of strength, and
we should all look to Him and realize that we are blessed and that He will bring us through this tragedy.
We all know that music has a way of helping us cope with pain and grief. It is the storeis of how a song
impacted you that makes what we do so important. Please feel free to download these 2 songs
below as we pray they will minister to your heart during this difficult time."
Click on the link to download an mp3:
Relient K “For The Moments I Feel Faint (never underestimate my Jesus)”
The Katinas “You Are God-Hope remix”
Once again the Grits guys are hitting the road with dc Talk and tobyMac.
This is only a taste of what coming up with Grits and Gotee. There are a few spring tours
in the plans, one that includes Pax 217 and then plans for a new album in the summer of 2002.
Following last week's event, releasing new end-times themed Christian film Megiddo this weekend to theaters
has had to be reconsidered. An official press release stated: "As we grieve together as a nation,
we have examined the possibility of delaying the release of Megiddo. After consultation with
various Christian leaders, however, we have decided to solemnly proceed with placing the movie’s
resounding message of unity and hope before audiences around the nation." It concludes with, "The
overwhelming intent of Megiddo is to present a message that proclaims that through our
unity, hope arises out of tribulation. It is our desire to give this movie as an offering of hope
to the nation and grieving people everywhere." Megiddo, also known as The Omega Code 2
opens in select theaters today.
*Tuesday, September 18th, 2001*
The video for Relient K's song "Pressing On" aired
last night and will air today over E! News Daily's closing credits. The song was chosen based on it's timely
message to encourage our country to "PRESS ON..." in these painful and difficult days...
E! News Daily Airs weekdays at 7-8am and 6:30-7pm EST/Pacific.
*Monday, September 17th, 2001*
The Juliana Theory's live recording show scheduled for tonight is cancelled.
The rescheduled show will take place either Saturday 10/13 or Sunday 10/14. The Juliana Theory's
postponed CMJ show will be rescheduled for 10/12 at The World in NYC. All other J Theory
tour dates have also been postponed. As soon as they are re-scheduled Toothandnail.com will post the dates.
For unspecified reasons, the fall tour featuring headliners PFR with special guests, new UK rock
band Steve, has been cancelled! This is the second tour featuring PFR to be cancelled in the span of a year.
A fan of the Hideout has given us an update on the Shaded Red
brothers: The current lineup is made up of Jon (guitar) & Jamie (bass) Roberts
and a youth pastor friend(drums) of theirs from Dallas. Their friend is not a part of the
band, but he said he flys to meet them at some shows they play and will
probably help record a few tracks on the upcoming album.
On the album, they said they are in the process writing the material and
they played about 5 new songs which were all great. They have not found a
label yet. They are under review by several (some of which are secular),
because they would like to reach more people in mainstream. Jamie told our friend
that they want a label that will give them freedom to record what they
want to. He also said there were a few songs they weren't able to put on the
last album because they didn't coincide with the label's beliefs... We'll keep you posted!
Crystal Lewis, one of the premier voices in Christian
Music today will be releasing More on Oct 2, through Metro 1 Music and Word Distribution.
This is not your ordinary greatest hits record. The CD contains 3 new songs ("More," "Like A Child,"
and "I Guess"), 2 classic songs revamped and re-recorded ("Shine Jesus Shine" and "I Now Live")
and 11 of her most popular and personal favorites songs. The package also contains a DVD
filled with a documentary on the recording of the new songs, live footage, Crystal's video library,
as well as surround sound mixes of selected titles. Check it out!
In a surprising announcement this weekend, guitarist and founding member Cliffy Huntington
is leaving the Huntingtons to form his own group
The Reaction. This band also features former Deadlines
guitar player (now on bass), Sammy. Stay tuned to http://www.the-reaction.com
for details about the new group. The Huntingtons assure fans that the band will fill Cliffy's
spot and continue on. The groups latest effort Songs In The Key Of You hits stores on October 23rd.
From Squad Five-0's official site..."We're heading into the studio
the second week of September to start work on the new record, so we'll be down in Little Rock,
Arkansas with Barry Poynter producing. We should be finished up by the middle of October sometime.
Plans are in action for a U.S. tour during the whole month of November. Dates should be showing
up on the shows page soon. We'll fully expect to see everyone there in full-force. The Blamed is
coming along, so get ready to be rocked. The demos we did in Seattle at Tooth and Nail turned out great.
We did three songs, titled "Screaming with the Sirens", "Don't Come Running," and "I Don't Want to
Change the World, I Just Want to Change Your Mind." So how's that for a mouthful. They'll probably
end up on our new record in new and improved forms."
Fine China has given an update on their next record: "We're getting ready to start working
on the new record, ten songs, to be recorded in collaboration with Jason Martin.
The record will be recorded in October - November of 2001 in California.
The tentative release date is March 2002. The record is bound to be the best yet, but who doesn't
say that? We'll see. Cheers, and thanks for checking in."
*Friday, September 14th, 2001*
In response to the catastrophic events on Tuesday,
Delirious? sent out the following message:
"In light of what happened on 11 September 2001 in America, with the tragic
deaths of thousands of innocent people we feel we have needed to make a
response. Many of you have emailed us to ask if the song "White Ribbon Day" could also
be made available as a free MP3 download, due to the poignancy of the
lyrical content. The day after the atrocities we made the song America available, but feel it
only right to also add this song.
"White Ribbon Day" was the first ever single to be released by Delirious? back
in 1997. This song captured the mood of the time and was written due to
peace negotiations in Ireland. It still seems to have a potency that can
relate to recent events in the US and other tragedies around the world.
This is not an attempt at self-promotion, but more an offering to
anyone that can find comfort in a piece of music that is so personal to us.
So please download these two songs and pray for "White Ribbon
Download: "White Ribbon Day" and new song "America" (from Audio Lessonover?)
*Thursday, September 13th, 2001*
The city of Nashville held a memorial vigil last night supporting the survivors of the attacks
on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon and mourn the people
lost with the symbolic lighting of memorial candles.
The ceremony was open to the public and was held at the Centennial Park Main Lawn, September 12th
at 6pm. Guest speakers were currently being invited to participate at time of the press release,
and RCA Recording Artist Martina McBride sung The National Anthem.
Dr. Warren Thompson, Director of Clinical Psychology for Metro Schools spoke on how
to tell your children about this tragedy. Dr. Jerry Sutton from Two River¹s Baptist Church
and Bishop Edward Kmiec also spoke. Gotee recording artists The Katinas,
along with Leigh Nash from Sixpence None The Richer,
Michael W. Smith, and others, helped lead the gathering
in the singing of "Amazing Grace."
The Katinas were on the air live with radio morning show host Matt Stockman of FM 101.1 (WZTO)
when the first announcement of the New York City disaster came over the newswire Tuesday morning.
The group were guests on the station to promote their upcoming in-store event with Tower Records
at Opry Mills and their new single "You Are." The promotional concert at Tower Records,
originally scheduled to take place last night, was postponed indefinitely due to the
day's tragic events. Due to the American tragedy, all of P.O.D.'s
upcoming events have also been cancelled. That means that the upcoming Tonight Show performance
will not go on. Please continue to pray for all Americans across the country. For those who may still possibly
be unaware of what took place, New York City's World Trade Center was attacked when two hijacked American airliners
were driven into the towers. It wasn't long before the entire building collapsed. Thousands are missing with
many of those presumed to be dead. The Pentagon was also hit with a hijacked airliner and yet another crash-landed
outside Pittsburgh. Both are said to have been targets for Washington D.C. but thankfully didn't make it.
Those responsible for these unbelievable acts of detestable violence are unknown. Please pray for America
and the families and friends of the victims of this surreal tragedy. Thank you. (The image above is from
a special September 13th Time Magazine issue dedicated to this disaster).
With all the sadness for Americans today, more keeps on coming.
About.com reported yesterday that the husband of singer Tammy Trent,
Trent Lenderink, drowned while vacationing in Jamaica. He went scuba diving by
himself and some reports say that he was caught on something while underwater and did not get loose. Please pray for the Trent family in
this most tragic time.
What do Keith Green,
Larry Norman, and Elvis Presley have in common?
...Give up? Well, they are all being inducted into this year's Gospel Music Hall of Fame.
Also Doris Akers, Wendy Bagwell & The Sunliters, Kurt Kaiser, The Rambos, and Albertina Walker
will be inducted. The ceremony will be at the Ryman Auditorium on November 27th at 7 p.m.
in Nashville. Fans will be able to buy a ticket to the event this year as proceeds will go to the Hall of Fame itself.
According to reports from our friends at dcTalk.net, Toby McKeehan
has been working hardcore on finishing his new solo album, Momentum. Apparently he said he
had 22 tracks for the album, and is narrowing it down to 12. He said he will be working hard
right up to the start of the Solo tour this fall, and he should be finishing up
the production a day or two before the tour starts. He said he was "99 percent" sure the record
would be out as schedueled on November 6th. dcTalk.net also reported on the latest for the band dc Talk
as a whole. Toby also informed dcTalk.net that their current plans are to continue to promote
the solo records next spring (individual solo tours, press, etc.) and then hopefully take a
short break next summer. He stated that it would probably be the Fall of 2002 before they would be
able to start writing/recording/working on a new album as a group, but he said coming up with
some great songs would be a breeze because they were all on a "creative high." Toby also said that
the way he sees it, it will probably be 2 years when the next album comes out as a group.
Chris Thomas, drummer of The Elms,
somewhat recently did an interview with Guideposts for Teens. The interview was about his
drumming, life, and weight loss of 100 pounds!
This holiday season, something infinitely better than jolly old St. Nick is coming to town.
Combining the wildly popular alt-rock pop sounds of Bleach
with passionate emo rockers Denison Marrs (fresh off tour with Stavesacre)
and the up-and-coming punk sounds of Hangnail,
The Happy Christmas Tour (www.happychristmastour.com)
launches its 15-city holiday extravaganza on Wednesday, November 28th. Guaranteed to leave fans
rockin’ the Yule Tide, the tour also will support for a great holiday cause, Toys For Tots
Be on the look out for the tour coming your way soon!
Inpop recording artists Phil Joel and Superchic[k]
are joining forces with Kamp Kanakuk's Joe White and Teen Mania respectively for tours this fall.
Phil Joel will be a Special Guest on the Afterdark college tour, organized by Kamp Kanakuk's
president Joe White. Hitting 20 to 30 mainstream college campuses this fall, Joel will perform
previous to White's energetic presentation each evening.
Get Up 2001 with Superchic[k] and Acquire the Fire (ATF) will hit 30 cities with an evening
of music, ministry, and mission. The evening will feature a full concert with Superchic[k],
live praise and worship, an inspirational message from Teen Mania/Acquire the Fire speaker
Michael Collins, break-out sessions with ATF staff, and the coolest multi-media stuff imaginable.
The three-hour evening is designed specifically to help teens develop a heart for God. The tour
will begin October 5th and conclude December 9th 2001.
According to a fan of the Hideout, Delirious' debut
album The Cutting Edge has now been certified gold by the RIAA as of August 28th, 2001.
The album was released on February 12, 1998. It is the band's first gold album.
Jennifer Knapp has left Alabaster Arts.
This is interesting seeing as she helped to start the company. More details to come.
Dan Haseltine, of Jars of Clay,
is producing the soundtrack for Hometown Legend. This is the debut film from
Jenkins Entertainment. It will feature two songs from Jars's latest album, If I Left the Zoo.
*Thursday, September 6th, 2001*
Ardent Records' top rock band Skillet claims No. 1
on SoundScan's Rock sales chart with its critically acclaimed fifth studio recording, Alien Youth.
Released August 28, more than 10,000 units of the album sold in its debut week at retail.
Fans' response to the project also landed Alien Youth at #4 on the coveted Billboard's
Heatseekers Album Chart. Furthermore, the album set an all time record on FamilyChristian.com
for Internet pre-orders for a CD. The band is certainly going places, but they aren't out of surprises,
that's for sure! If you like Skillet, but more specifically comic books, you might be surprised when
the unexpected happens, and the two meet! Now you can have your Skillet and read it too.
The band is in the process of being in their first comic book. Information is slim as of yet but
here is a picture, and yes, that's Skillet in the background. The characters in the front are unknown.
(Click on the image for a bigger version)
If you were watching MTV yesterday, September 5th, you may have actually caught something
worth watching on that station! P.O.D. performed a free
concert in Battery Park in New York. MTV and TRL broadcasted the event live! Finally! Good music on TV!
The Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (CCAI) will
honor Rosie O'Donnell, Steven Curtis Chapman, and Wendy's
founder Dave Thomas at the annual Angels In Adoption awards banquet on September 11th
at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, it was
announced today. The recipients are selected by Members of the Congress for their outstanding
commitment to promoting adoption and making a difference in the lives of
children and families. Four-time Grammy winner, Steven Curtis Chapman and his wife Mary Beth who
adopted their daughter Shaohannah from China are being recognized for their
strong personal commitment to adoption. The couple created a foundation
called Shaohannah's Hope, which according to Chapman, "was created to help
aid families who want to adopt and have a place at their table and a place
in their heart, but don¹t have a place in their bank account for it."
Included in Chapman's new album, Declaration, is a song written about
adoption entitled "When Love Takes You In." The touching video for the song
will have its World Premiere at the event. The album hits shelves September 25th.
Do you stay up all hours to watch the many odd items on QVC sold to cure your insomnia?
I didn't think so, but tonight QVC isn't just selling something good, they're going to entertain
you as well! Be sure to tap into your cable tonight, Thursday, Sept. 6th, to see
Avalon live on QVC at 8-9 pm EST as they perform three of their hits from their latest album,
Oxygen. Avalon will also join QVC during this hour to help promote Christian products such as music, videos, books and more!
Essential Records' pop group True Vibe has teamed with top teen brands Cover Girl
and Alloy.com to perform at major shopping malls in conjunction with The CoverGirl Model Experience Contest.
Among the upcoming mall concerts, tagged "CoverGirl Rocks The House!" are True Vibe performances
in Atlanta at Lenox Square (10/27) and Tampa/St. Petersburg, FL, at Tyrone Center (11/10).
Relient K also experienced a nice debut last week with their new release, The Anatomy of the Tongue
in Cheek. 8,696 albums were sold in total, with the album debuting at #5 on the Top Christian Albums chart
and #8 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart. The album was also #1 on the Virgin Megastore Columbus
coveted Top 30 wall at this store (#2 was Aaliyah , #3 Alicia Keys)!
1,821 copies were scanned in the general market (21% of total) as well.
Relient played the Chameleon Club in Lancaster, PA over the weekend and sold
530+ units in one night! In addition, Relient K has been chosen as the featured recording
in the Tower Records Developing Artist Program for the Washington D.C. region
from Oct 25 - Nov 29, which will include mandatory in-store play, listening stations,
and more in 12 Tower Records locations including Washington D.C., Annapolis, MD.,
Philadelphia, Richmond, VA., Cherry Hill, NJ. and Fairfax, VA. Way to go, guys!
Five-time Grammy Award winner, Russ Taff, is joining one of gospel music's premier groups,
the Gaither Vocal Band, according to Bill Gaither, founder and leader of the group.
Taff has enjoyed a successful career as a solo recording artist, songwriter, and lead vocalist
for the Imperials, an award-winning group of the late `70s and early `80s.
Leaving the Imperials to pursue a solo career, Taff recorded eight solo gospel albums, yielding
such a number of Grammy nominated singles. He headlined worldwide tours and garnered three
solo Grammy awards and nine Gospel Music Association Dove Awards. Signing with Warner Bros.
Records' country division in the mid `90s, he enjoyed widespread critical acclaim as well
as a Top 20 single. Taff will join the Vocal Band for the taping of a Homecoming special
in Red Rocks, Colorado next week, and will be traveling and recording with the group soon afterwards.
Current Vocal Band member Mark Lowry is expected to depart the group by the end of the year.