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September, 2010
*Thursday, September 30th, 2010*

Skillet
Tate Olsen has been seen on stage playing the cello live for Skillet for some time now, and the accomplished cellist is working on a Skillet project of his own. Skillet guitarist Ben Kasica is working with Olsen to create A String Tribute To Skillet, with plans to release it in time for Christmas on December 7th. For the most up-to-date info on the project, visit Tate's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/Cellofourte...
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EMI CMG
Maranatha! Music, one of Christian music’s most respected praise and worship labels, has tapped EMI CMG Distribution to be its new retail distributor with a long-term agreement that begins October 1, 2010. The new distribution agreement calls for EMI CMG Distribution to take over Christian and general market rights in North America and Canada and digital rights worldwide of Maranatha! Music. This new relationship embarks with the release...
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Group 1 Crew
Breakout Urban sensation and Fervent Records’ Group 1 Crew’s (Blanca, Manwell and Pablo) new album Outta Space Love is proving to be an out-of-this-world-hit as it launches in at No. 1 on SoundScan’s Christian/Gospel Digital Album chart, No. 2 on the Christian Adult Contemporary Album chart and No. 4 overall on the Contemporary Christian Album chart. Last week, their song “Live It Up” was featured as iTunes’ “Single of the Week” and their album Outta Space Love was featured as AmazonMP3's Deal of the Day on release date...
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Vineyard Music has announced the lauch of the Burn Bright Worship Conference, taking place October 21 through 23, 2010, at the Vineyard Church North Phoenix in Glendale, Ariz. The event will feature Vineyard artists Autumn In Repair and Chris Lizotte; speakers Eleanor Mumford, Dan Wilt, and Brian Anderson; and other worship leaders including Nigel Briggs of the band Trent, Casey Corum, Anabeth Morgan, and Matt Turrigiano. The Burn Bright Conference will be preceded by a Night of Worship on October 20, open to the public at no cost...
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Tampa, Florida-based rock band 39 Stripes announces the release of its first full-length project, Beyond Broken, October 26. The album’s debut singles “My Desire” and “Mustard Seed” are currently vying for adds at Christian AC and Rock radio, respectively. Produced by 39 Stripes lead guitarist Steve Henderlong, Beyond Broken has been two years in the making due to a slew of significant hardships for the band, both personally and professionally. Consequently, the album, which 39 Stripes...
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*Wednesday, September 29th, 2010*

Underoath
Underoath have revealed the first layer of a new song on their website! New parts will be posted every day this week, so keep checking back for more. Their new album "Ø (Disambiguation)" will be available in stores and online November 9th! For album art and tracklisting, check out the album page. Underoath will be heading out on tour this fall with A Day To Remember, The Word Alive and Close Your Eyes...
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For Atlantic Records/Word Entertainment recording artist Jason Castro, what you see is what you get – a quality that won over millions of viewers as a contestant on the seventh season of American Idol, parlaying his substantial singer/songwriter appeal into a third-place runner up finish. And now Castro is opening himself up to fans with a guaranteed statement record entitled Who I Am, to be released November 9 exclusively on his website, www.jasoncastromusic.com, and at all Christian retailers. This album is a unique collection of songs; featuring five fresh tracks including the new single “You Are...
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Circleslide
The release of a video single, or "Vingle," hardly raises an eyebrow these days. But when music marries art, the result is an innovative "Art Vingle" that lets the viewer experience art and music as they both unfold to tell a story. In anticipation of their sophomore album, critically acclaimed Christian pop/rock band Circleslide is releasing an Art Vingle version of their new song, "You Are Everything," through Apple's iTunes store...
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*Tuesday, September 28th, 2010*

Francesca Battistelli
Fervent Records’ GRAMMY-nominated artist and reigning Dove Awards Female Vocalist of the Year Francesca Battistelli and husband Matt Goodwin are proud to annouce the birth of their first child, Matthew Elijah Goodwin. He entered the world on September 22 at 8:47 PM weighing in at 8 pounds, 15 ounces and 21.75 inches long. For more information on Francesca Battistelli, please visit http://www.francescamusic.com...
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Wrench In the Works
This just in from Facedown Records... "We are saddened to report the break up of Connecticut’s Wrench In The Works. We released 2 records with them and count them as our very close friends. Here’s a statement from the band:" “After over a decade of playing music together Wrench In The Works has officially decided to call it quits. We would like to thank everyone at Facedown Records for believing in us, giving us an opportunity and most of all being our friends. We would also like to thank all of the amazing bands we toured/played with and became friends with through...
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Hailing from Bangor, Northern Ireland, Rend Collective Experiment’s Organic Family Hymnal is set to release in North America TODAY amidst acclaim from Kingsway with EMI CMG Distribution. The band’s success began at home as a movement of 20-somethings that has now begun to spread across Europe to the Americas and beyond. Taking the modern worship sounds of Rend Collective Experiment on the road...
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in:ciite’s newly signed artist Michael Boggs is gearing up for the release of his debut solo record, More Than Moved, which is to be released October 19, 2010. Having joined the Christian group, FFH, in 1999 and contributed to seven No. 1 radio singles, seven GMA Dove Award nominations, and records that have sold into the millions, Michael Boggs is no stranger to the music scene. When FFH took some time off the road in the fall of 2006, Michael stepped into the role of worship leader at a...
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Circleslide
Critically acclaimed Christian pop/rock band Circleslide will appear tonight on JCTV's "1 Music Village" at 11 p.m. ET. Circleslide will perform songs from their eagerly anticipated sophomore release, Echoes of the Light, which hits the shelves on October 5 from Save the City Records and Provident-Integrity Distribution. Since the band's debut project, which landed them on Christianity Today's list of "Best New Artists of 2006," among other accolades, Circleslide...
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Universal Music/Dream Records artist, Coffey Anderson released his self-titled album today, September 28, featuring 11 original songs along with a music video for the album’s first single, "You Are All I’m After." Coffey, who was a top finalist on the television show Nashville Star, is currently on a national tour with a portion of album sales benefiting the ministry of the Los Angeles Dream Center...
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Bebo Norman
Today fans jump with both feet into Ocean, the newest release from acclaimed singer/songwriter Bebo Norman. This album has already been touted as his “finest effort” and one of the “top overall album(s) of 2010.” Ocean explores the theme of finding one’s real identity - where we find it, who we are, and where we draw life from. “I’m given the opportunity to create records that become sort of like a topographical map of all my past experiences,” says Norman...
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Michael W. Smith
Recently receiving his second Double Platinum and 7th Platinum RIAA certifications (Worship and Worship Again, respectively), industry leading recording artist Michael W. Smith releases his 22nd career project Wonder today, Sept. 28. The anticipated 12-song collection is garnering attention from national media outlets including the Associated Press, Billboard magazine, FoxNews.com, SiriusXM, FOX NEWS Radio, Charisma magazine...
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*Monday, September 27th, 2010*

Anberlin
The band Anberlin (Universal Republic) has welcomed Land of a Thousand Hills Coffee onto their 5-week Fall 2010 US tour, in an initiative to raise money for orphan homes in coffee farming communities in Haiti and Rwanda. Stephen Christian, singer of Anberlin and founder of Faceless International explained why he has extended the invite to Land of a Thousand Hills Coffee: "For me Land of a Thousand Hills Coffee is the ideal, not only do they produce some of the best coffee but the logic behind the organization is solid and uplifting...
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Whiplash Records band Manic Drive kicked off their fall tour with Group 1 Crew and headliners Fireflight last week at Southwestern Virginia Community College in Richlands, Virginia. The For Those Who Wait Tour will hit more than 30 U.S. cities before wrapping up on November 7th...
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With a nod to the classics, Dave Barnes’ first-ever holiday project, Very Merry Christmas, evokes the traditional soul of the Christmas season while adding splashes of his well-known signature contemporary flair and lively persona. At once familiar and cozy, Very Merry Christmas features four yuletide staples meshed with six originals penned by Barnes himself. Very Merry Christmas will be available both physically and digitally November 9th...
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*Friday, September 24th, 2010*

Future Of Forestry
ADVENT CHRISTMAS, VOLUME 2, by Future of Forestry, is set to release to digital outlets November 2, 2010 and in select stores nationwide. The EP will feature 6 songs, including 4 traditional holiday classics, one original song, and an instrumental interlude. “The Advent series started as a side project, but after hearing the first EP and touring on the project, it was evident that this music...
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Newworldson
Inpop Records band Newworldson was recently honored by the Gospel Music Association Canada with multiple 2010 Covenant Award nominations. The pop-gospel artist was among this year’s top nominees, with eight nods including both Group of the Year and Artist of the Year. This year Newworldson garnered coveted nominations for Group of the Year, alongside fellow Canadians Hawk Nelson, Starfield, Thousand Foot Krutch and Downhere, and Artist of the Year. The group’s hit...
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*Thursday, September 23rd, 2010*

SCC
Earlier this week, GRAMMY ® Award-winning artist Steven Curtis Chapman unveiled a new project titled Safe In The Arms, which has already garnered the No. 2 spot on the iTunes ® Christian & Gospel Albums Chart. Available only in digital formats, Safe In The Arms features a never before released song, "Close To Your Heart" featuring worship artist Matt Redman and a special new acoustic recording of "Beauty Will Rise," the title track...
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"As Fall has arrived, so has the time for an update from Tooth & Nail Records, BEC Recordings and Solid State Records. It has been a wonderful year of new music for 2010, and we are already looking forward to 2011 with upcoming releases.  Grab a pumpkin spice latte and catch up with what is happening with our artists"...
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Derek Webb
Donald Miller, Derek Webb, Sandra McCracken and Robbie Seay Band are teaming up for a rare night of music, art and storytelling with the “Love Tells The Story Tour” this fall. The tour combining both a New York Times’ best selling author and acclaimed musicians will embark throughout the South and East appearing in 10 cities starting Nov. 6 through Nov. 15. "I don't know if I've been more excited about a tour than I...
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*Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010*

The Afters
The Afters’ first single “Light Up the Sky” off of the album of the same name has hit No. 1 at Billboard Christian CHR, also ranking in at No. 4 at AC Indicator and No. 10 at AC Monitor. The third record from the Texas-based band, Light Up the Sky, released last week to rave reviews and strong iTunes ® placement, climbing to No. 1 on the iTunes ® Christian & Gospel Albums chart and the single reaching No. 1 on the iTunes ® Christian & Gospel Songs chart as well...
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Disciple
Disciple’s latest release, Horseshoes & Handgrenades, has taken the No. 1 spot on the Christian Soundscan chart selling over eight thousands units in its first week. The album also debut at No. 1 on the iTunes ® Christian and Gospel Albums Chart as well as ranking in at No. 50 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart upon its release. The first single from the record, “Dear X, You Don’t Own Me,” is also holding in the top 5 at both CHR and Rock Radio charts...
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JoC
Acclaimed for its music and leadership as humanitarians, Jars of Clay gears up for the October 5 release of its community-inspired project Jars of Clay Presents The Shelter. The band is looking at a very busy next few weeks supporting the much-heralded new album. The four men at the heart of the project – Dan Haseltine, Charlie Lowell, Matt Odmark and Stephen Mason – find their calendars filling up with appearances...
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For Today has just released the video for "Devastator" from their new album Breaker. You can see it on the Facedown YouTube channel now: http://www.youtube.com/facedownrecords Breaker, For Today's third album with Facedown Records, was release on August 31st and quickly rose to #53 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart...
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Sarah Kelly
MIDNIGHT SUN, the latest project from Christian music favorite Sarah Kelly, has released through all major digital outlets, and in select retail outlets. MIDNIGHT SUN became a collaboration among friends, for the two-time Grammy nominee. Kelly enlisted several trusted friends to co-write several of the songs, including her worship leader husband Jonas Ekman, Jeremy Hunter (Taylor Swift, Jonny Lang), and Mitch Dane (Jars of Clay). Justin Knox (Colbie Caillat)...
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Ivoryline
Tooth & Nail Records and Ivoryline announce the premiere of the music video for "Instincts" now on Facebook. Fans will have to "Like" Ivoryline on Facebook in order to gain access to the video, which was filmed on location in Galveston, TX at Crystal Beach and downtown Austin by director Van Blumreich. "In it I play a semi-crazy inventor who is obsessed with birds and flying. For some reason, he thinks that becoming...
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Chris August
With fall right around the corner, Fervent Records' singer-songwriter Chris August shows know signs of cooling off, fitting for an artist whose name is August. With his debut single “Starry Night” hitting No. 1 on Billboard’s Christian/AC Chart this week and the head-turning release of his debut album No Far Away, August is breaking through the Christian Music scene, proving to be one of the highest selling new artist releases this year in the genre...
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House Of Heroes
Gotee Records band House of Heroes SUBURBA produced by Mark Lee Townsend (Relient K, Deas Vail) and mixed by J.R. McNeely (The Almost, Paramore) is out now as the bands continues nonstop touring in support. Currently on the Monster Monster Tour with The Almost, Chasen and Between the Trees and looking forward to an October/November tour with Classic Crime, Abandon Kansas and Fight the Current deemed The Suburba(n) Vagabonds Tour...
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Israel Houghton
Multiple GRAMMY, Stellar and Dove Award winner, Soul Train Award winner and double RIAA certified Gold-selling artist Israel Houghton launched his “The Love Revolution” tour following the Aug. 31 release of his critically acclaimed, No. 1 selling album, Love God. Love People., on Integrity Music/Columbia Records. The major market tour began Sept. 5 in San Diego and traverses the nation before wrapping up Nov. 20 in Philadelphia, PA...
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*Tuesday, September 21st, 2010*

SCC
Steven Curtis Chapman releases two new recordings today at iTunes! Chapman's digital EP, SAFE IN THE ARMS, includes a never before released song, "Close To Your Heart" featuring Matt Redman, and a special new acoustic recording of "Beauty Will Rise." Also on the EP; Mary Beth speaking on the book, and an interview with Steven on the album BEAUTY WILL RISE. Plus a fifth track: a new song from the emerging rock band, Caleb, featuring Caleb and Will Chapman. It's at iTunes now...
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Brandon Heath
This week, GRAMMY nominated, two-time reigning GMA Dove-Award Male Vocalist of the Year, Brandon Heath debuts his anticipated new single, “Your Love,” to Christian AC and CHR radio with a record 78 stations voting ‘yes’ and spinning the song by the official Sept. 17 add date. “We jumped on Brandon’s song a little early,” admits Scott Smith, Music Director of the K-Love Network...
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Switchfoot
On Wednesday, September 29th, SWITCHFOOT will play a special concert at Belhaven University in Jackson, MS. All proceeds (after expenses) will be donated to the John M. Perkins Foundation for Reconciliation and Development. A recent robbery severely impacted the Foundation’s music studio. Formed in 1983, the Foundation is dedicated to developing the lives of youth, leaders and the underprivileged in Jackson and around the world and advancing racial reconciliation...
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The Almost
The Almost will release MONSTER MONSTER DELUXE EDITION and MONSTER MONSTER EP on October 26th. The MONSTER MONSTER DELUXE EDITION will be available online digitally only and will feature all 12 songs on the original MONSTER MONSTER album released in 2009, as well as five additional songs and four music videos...
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Worship’s Biggest Anthems, a two-CD, 30-song set of some of the most enduring worship songs currently being sung in a multitude of churches around the globe, releases from Kingsway Oct. 12 with distribution in the US by EMI CMG. The double CD features anthems by such acclaimed songwriters as Brenton Brown, Joel Houston, Tim Hughes, Graham Kendrick, Chris McClarney, Reuben Morgan, Matt Redman, Martin Smith, Michael W. Smith, Chris Tomlin, Stuart Townend, Miriam Webster, Darlene Zschech and more...
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Combining praise and worship with her unique pop/rock sensibilities, Yancy returns with her latest album Stars, Guitars and Megaphone Dreams, available everywhere on November 2nd. With a decade under her belt, and countless credits to her name, Yancy has proven herself to be one of Christian music’s most versatile performers. As a recording artist, Yancy has released radio friendly pop/rock albums, a rocking Christmas collection and multiple projects for kids and young adults, all while sharing the stage with such artists as Mute Math, Newsboys...
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*Monday, September 20th, 2010*

Group 1 Crew
Breakout Urban sensation and Fervent Records’ Group 1 Crew’s (Blanca, Manwell and Pablo) smash song “Live It Up” will be featured as the iTunes single of the week starting tomorrow Tuesday, September 21. And, making this day even more out of this world is the release of this talented trio’s new album entitled Outta Space Love, to all retailers. “Live It Up” is an infectious, up-tempo song that says “TGIF” and...
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Philmont
Charlotte, North Carolina-based pop/rock band Philmont announces the release of its latest offering, The Transition EP, October 19, 2010. An independent endeavor, the project is being partially funded by fans who have pledged more than $4,000 to date. The follow up to Philmont’s critically acclaimed ATTENTION (August 2009), The Transition EP delivers a high-energy...
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The Classic Crime
[From Tooth & Nail Records/BEC] A huge CONGRATULATIONS to our artists - The Classic Crime, Hawk Nelson, Manafest and Thousand Foot Krutch - nominated last week for the 32nd Annual GMA Canada Covenant Awards! Each artist received multiple nominations. Tooth & Nail Records and BEC Recordings received 15 total nominations. The Covenant Awards Banquet will take place on October 29th in Calgary Alberta. For more information on the Covenant Awards and GMA Canada...
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Mary Beth Chapman's book, Choosing to SEE: A Journey of Struggle and Hope, continues to climb The New York Times Bestsellers List. This week the book hits #13 on the Times' Hardcover Nonfiction List, up three spots from its debut last week. Chapman, the wife of award-winning recording artist Steven Curtis Chapman, co-authored the book with Ellen Vaughn, a New York Times bestselling author and inspirational speaker...
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iShine has announced the release of iSHINE WORSHIP MANIA – a fresh new worship compilation just for tweens. The family friendly CD will be in stores October 5th through Provident-Integrity Distribution. iSHINE WORSHIP MANIA is a collection of today’s top 20 worship songs performed by popular iShine artists Mission Six, The Rubyz and Paige Armstrong...
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*Friday, September 17th, 2010*

Switchfoot
Check out this special announcement from Switchfoot about an upcoming event inspired by their song "The Sound (John M. Perkins' Blues)"... "Hey Guys! We are excited to announce a last minute show! On September 29th, Switchfoot will be playing at Belhaven University in Jackson, MS. The show benefits the John M. Perkins Foundation (yes, the same John Perkins as "The Sound (John M. Perkins' Blues)". Tickets are now on sale and are very limited, so be sure to grab them now...
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*Wednesday, September 15th, 2010*

Anberlin
Anberlin's Dark Is The Way, Light is a Place, which received a three-star review from USA Today, enters at No. 9 on The Billboard 200, marking the Universal Republic rockers' highest charting album to date. Within hours of its release, Dark Is The Way, Light is a Place debuted at No. 1 on both Amazon.com and the iTunes Alternative Album Chart, and at No. 2 on iTunes' overall album chart. It was also No. 1 at CIMS (Coalition Independent Music Stores)...
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New from Hillsong Church, Hillsong Chapel is a series of intimate and devotional arrangements of popular songs led by Hillsong UNITED and Hillsong LIVE worship leaders. Recorded live in the church’s chapel, Yahweh, the first installment in the series, contains organic and contemplative versions of such top Christian Copyright Licensing International (CCLI) songs as “Hosanna,” “From The Inside Out” and the No. 1 CCLI song sung by an estimated 40 million people every week in church services around the world, “Mighty To Save...
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Travis Cottrell
GMA Dove Award-winning worship leader Travis Cottrell is gearing up to release his debut book, Surprised By Worship, published by Zondervan available this October. In this new venture, Cottrell teams up with well-known author and speaker Beth Moore to show readers that God’s presence can be experienced at surprising times and places. Building on a profound introductory chapter written by Moore, Surprised By Worship explores biblical and modern-day examples of people experiencing life’s travails and triumphs who bring greater meaning...
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Matthew West
In preparation of Matthew West’s fourth album, The Story of Your Life, iTunes ® will be featuring a weekly countdown with a single premiere and podcasts for three weeks leading up to the Oct. 5 release of the album. The countdown is launching this week with the release of “Strong Enough,” a song inspired by a letter from a single mother of three children after her daughter survived a life threatening car accident and struggled with the long road to recovery...
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Manafest
After releasing his most aggressive and sonically evolved record to date earlier this year, BEC Recordings’ Manafest continues an upward climb as he tours worldwide and receives his highest charting radio single. Since the release of “The Chase,” Canadian native and JUNO-nominee Manafest has traveled to the United Kingdom, Ireland, Japan and United States...
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*Tuesday, September 14th, 2010*

Newsboys
The momentum is not stopping for Newsboys! The band's brand new radio single, "Way Beyond Myself," has garnered the most adds this year at Christian CHR radio in a single reporting period. With an astounding 17 adds in its first week, "Way Beyond Myself" debuts on the charts at No. 27. The single is the second to release from Newsboys' current project, Born Again, and follows its No. 1 single, "Born Again." And what a year it has been for Newsboys! With the July release of Born Again and a fresh sound...
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B.Reith
The new music video for B.Reith's single "Antidote" debuts today on Ransom.tv, a ministry of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. The video for "Antidote," which was produced by Ransom.tv, is a visual depiction of the powerful message in the song - a message of hope for discouraged young women. "We've bought into a 'quick fix' lie that promotes numbing our pain instead of finding a cure for the problem causing the pain," said B.Reith about the message of the song...
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Last week, Florida rock band Between The Trees announced that they will be disbanding by the end of this year. Below is their announcement (thanks to Zac for passing this on)... "Well, this is the beginning of a letter that I never wanted to figure out how to write. I'll probably write, rethink, and re-write again 10 times over, but it's not going to change the purpose of it no matter how hard I try. It is with regret that I announce that Between The Trees will be disbanding by the end of this year. It's not a decision that we all fully agree with, but it's a decision that is final...
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John Reuben
Gotee Records is pleased to announce the release of John Reuben’s latest project, ZAPPIN: The Best Of, online and in stores today, September 14, 2010. In the coming weeks, Reuben will be taking his creative brand of music on the road as a part of the "Fly Me To The Show" tour, featuring Reuben alongside Hawk Nelson, Revive and Britt Nicole. Spanning John Reuben’s career, ZAPPIN: The Best Of gives a snapshot of John’s last decade...
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Point Of Grace
Word/Warner Bros. Records Artists and Platinum-Selling Group Point Of Grace (Shelley Breen, Leigh Cappillino, Denise Jones) is ready to spread some holiday cheer with their new Christmas collection entitled Home For The Holidays. The album is set for release on Tuesday, October 5. Ironically, this two-time Grammy nominated, talented trio have historically spent the majority of their Decembers on a tour bus or stage miles from home...
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iShine announced today the release of two new family-friendly DVD projects aimed at tweens: iSHINE ALL STARZ LIVE 2010 and iSHINE KNECT, VOLUME 2. Both projects are in stores today (September 14) through Provident-Integrity Distribution. iSHINE ALL STARZ LIVE 2010 is a collection of live concert footage from iShine artists like Mission Six, The Rubyz and Jonnie & Brookie, winner of Radio Disney...
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Alternative Press magazine’s “Unsigned Band of the Month” (Dec. 2008), Indianapolis-based pop-punk band Same As Sunday releases its highly anticipated 7-song EP, Earn Your Stripes, October 26, 2010. Having recently wrapped a year’s worth of 150+ tour dates with band’s including INO recording artist Stellar Kart and Gotee Records act Abandon Kansas, Same As Sunday sustains its momentum with the follow up to...
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*Monday, September 13th, 2010*

Mary Beth Chapman's book Choosing to SEE: A Journey of Struggle and Hope debuted on the New York Times Hardcover Nonfiction List at #16 for the list published on September 12. Chapman, the wife of award-winning recording artist Steven Curtis Chapman, co-authored the book with Ellen Vaughn, a New York Times bestselling author and inspirational speaker. In Choosing to SEE, Chapman bares her heart and soul as she shares honestly about her personal journey - from her childhood, to challenges of married life, to the sudden and tragic loss of a daughter...
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Christian entertainment executive Douglas Mann has joined Integrity Music Label Group as Vice President of Sales and Marketing, bringing a wealth of skills from his previous experience in music, book publishing and music business in both the U.S. and abroad. At Integrity, Mann will oversee all marketing and sales-related issues for the Integrity Music Label Group, home to best-selling worship artists including Kari Jobe, Lincoln Brewster...
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*Friday, September 10th, 2010*

Sanctus Real
Sanctus Real lead vocalist Matt Hammitt and his wife, Sarah, have come through a difficult pregnancy. Parents to Emmy and Claire, the couple announces the birth of their first baby boy, Bowen Matthew Hammitt, whose name means “small victorious one.” Bowen has been diagnosed with a serious heart defect called Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS), and is being closely monitored by doctors. Here is what his parents wrote on their blog at http://bowensheart.com/ last night: Our baby boy has finally arrived! We are so excited to announce that Bowen Matthew Hammitt was delivered tonight, September 9, 2010 at 7:59 pm at the...
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*Thursday, September 9th, 2010*

The Afters
With early support from radio and placement on MTV’s “The Hills,” The Afters’ third studio titled Light Up the Sky will release on Sept. 14 with INO Records. Produced by Dan Muckala (MercyMe, Brandon Heath, Amy Grant), The Afters’ 10 track CD has a comprehensive theme of rebirth and a fresh start streaming throughout the lyrics of the record. The topic of new beginnings was something very natural for The Afters whom after going through a season of loss with the passing of their former manager, and even the...
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Group 1 Crew
Breakout Urban sensation and Fervent Records’ Group 1 Crew (Blanca, Manwell and Pablo) are launching into orbit their new album entitled Outta Space Love, set for release on September 21. Word on the street is that this three-time Dove award-winning trio have been working from a newly discovered planet, Planet G1C, to prepare this irresistible collection of hot beats, killer hooks and clever lyrics. Now with their third album release, they are exploding in this stratosphere with a new direction...
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Israel Houghton
Multiple GRAMMY, Stellar and Dove Award winner, Soul Train Award winner and double RIAA certified Gold-selling artist Israel Houghton celebrated on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, sitting in with Rickey Minor and the Tonight Show Band last night on guitar and vocals as his critically acclaimed album, Love God. Love People., became the No. 1 selling album on the Top Gospel, Top Christian and Praise & Worship charts. Released Aug. 31 on Integrity Music/Columbia Records...
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Owl City
MySpace Music is proud to present the latest "Secret Show” featuring international phenomenon Owl City on Sunday, September 12, in Atlanta, GA. Owl City is the brainchild of Adam Young, who began his career a few short years ago casually posting songs on his MySpace Music profile from his basement studio in Owatonna, MN. His debut album, Ocean Eyes, was released in July 2009 and went platinum on April 1st, 2010...
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Former Facedown Records / Dreamt Music artist Abel have signed with Come&Live! to release their upcoming full-length record entitled Lesser Men on October 19, 2010. The Poughkeepsie, NY natives have spent the last year touring in support of their Facedown debut, The Honest Love, which garnered excellent reviews from the likes of Outburn, HM Magazine, and Indievisionmusic.com--making their upcoming release a highly anticipated sophomore effort. Come&Live! is a grassroots effort founded by former Tooth & Nail A&R executive Chad Johnson...
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*Wednesday, September 8th, 2010*

Me In Motion
Centricity Music’s breakout band, Me In Motion, is scheduled to embark on their fourth major tour over the last twelve months. The band will join Superchick’s 2010 Reinvention Tour launching September 22nd in Hobbs, New Mexico. The tour, which also features Manafest and Bread Of Stone, will visit 20+ cities through early November. For more information about the tour please visit, www.superchickonline.com...
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The Almost
Tooth & Nail Records and The Almost present the world premiere of the band's new music video for "No, I Don't" exclusively at Ransom.tv (Youtube)! "In life you want to be clean and pure and perfect. It's impossible, but you really try. And everyone around you thinks you're no different than you were a year ago, and that statement...
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33Miles
The newest album from GMA Dove Nominees 33Miles titled Today will hit retailers nationwide on Oct. 5. Produced by Ian Eskelin (Francesca Battistelli, Stellar Kart) and Nathan Nockels (Passion, Phillips, Craig & Dean), Today features 10 new songs with an overarching theme of encouraging listeners to make the most of their present time. Today’s pop sound also reflects the band’s natural growth in their live performance, playing nearly 150 dates a year...
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After being on top of the Christian music scene for nearly 18 years as a founding member of the GMA Dove Award-winning and GRAMMY ® nominated group Point of Grace, Heather Payne is gearing up to release her debut solo album Sweet Exchange on September 14. With a fresh take on the timeless hymns of the church, Sweet Exchange presents modern arrangements, new choruses, and sometimes-complete re-imaginations of these familiar classics...
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With more than 4,000 Christian pilgrims from 75 nations joining him in the Israeli desert near Ein Gedi, renowned Messianic worship artist Paul Wilbur recorded Desert Rain, his new live CD which releases on Integrity Music on Oct. 12. Desert Rain is a vibrant live worship experience featuring new and classic Messianic worship songs. The CD was recorded during a spectacular concert last October attended by Christians...
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iShine returns with the second volume of their All Starz CD series, featuring artists from the iShine KNECT television series and the popular iShine LIVE! Tour. iShine All Starz 2010, in stores now through Provident-Integrity Distribution, is a collection of hits from some of today’s most popular young Christian recording artists, including Mission Six, The Rubyz, Luke Benward and the winners of Radio Disney's "Next Big Thing," Jonnie & Brookie...
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Word Entertainment’s “Youth Music Vault” presents a lounge exclusively for youth leaders at Disney “Night of Joy,” a two-night Christian music extravaganza being held September 10-11 at the Magic Kingdom® Park within the Walt Disney World® Resort near Orlando, Fla. The “Youth Music Vault” is a web site designed as a one-stop shop for youth pastors to purchase music and resources for their youth group...
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Strike First Records has signed Texas based hardcore band Messengers. Check out the title track from their upcoming EP Anthems here: http://tiny.cc/m6l5o. Texas thrash band Messengers pulled no punches this year when they charged onto the Dallas heavy music scene. In the band's own words they...
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Hawk Nelson
Tooth & Nail Records / BEC Recordings’ Hawk Nelson announces their fall headlining tour, “Fly Me To The Show,” featuring special guests Britt Nicole, Revive, and John Reuben landing October 9th in Texas concluding November 13th in Michigan. At select shows, fans can purchase special VIP tickets that include an exclusive acoustic performance and an autographed CD and t-shirt. The Fall tour dates are posted on the newly launched site: http://flymetotheshow.com...
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MercyMe
MercyMe’s latest album The Generous Mr. Lovewell sold nearly 90k copies its first week, debuted at No. 3 on Billboard’s Top 200 chart and No. 1 Christian SoundScan, and has already garnered the band a No. 1 single with “All of Creation.” Throughout the summer the GRAMMY ® nominated band has brought the music from the chart-topping album to life in front of thousands at state fairs and concerts across the country. As summer comes to a close, the fair dates will lead the band into their highly anticipated fall tour Lovewell Live, with special guest Phil Wickham. The tour will kick off September 24 in Medford, OR and visit fans in 27 cities...
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Sanctus Real
GRAMMY-nominated bands Leeland and Sanctus Real, along with The Afters, are coming to 23 cities across the U.S. on the Hungry For Love Tour this fall, October 9 through November 21. Sponsored by Food for the Hungry, the Hungry for Love tour will raise awareness for the organization’s goal of bringing relief and aid to twenty-six of the most impoverished countries in the world. GRAMMYâ-nominated, Dove Award-winning Sanctus Real has sparked 15 Number 1...
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Satellites & Sirens
THE GREAT TRANSPARENCY will be teaming up with SATELLITES and SIRENS on the POP RALLY TOUR that kicks off this Wednesday. After a busy summer of festivals that included appearances at Crossfest, Soulfest, Lifest and Ampalooza, TGT is excited to join their friends Satellites and Sirens on this tour that will take them from Michigan to Maine and includes a final festival stop at IGNITE Festival 2010 (Meadville Pa.) - a free festival with artist such as Disciple, December Radio, John Reuben and many more...
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Andrew Peterson
One of the most highly anticipated Christmas concerts of the holiday season, Behold The Lamb Of God, will launch in December for its eleventh annual run. Christian music’s most prolific singer/songwriter, Andrew Peterson, announced the tour today that will also spotlight this year’s featured guests, singer/songwriters Jason Gray, Jill Phillips, Andy Gullahorn, Ben Shive and Andrew Osenga. The tour kicks-off December 2nd in Durham, NC and will visit fifteen cities before ending in Corsicana, TX on the 19th. A complete listing of the tour dates is available below and at www.andrew-peterson.com...
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In the Midst of Lions have just released a video for "The Machine," a song from their recent Facedown release The Heart of Man. You can watch it now on Facedown's YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/facedownrecords The video shoot was definitely difficult. There was even a situation with an alligator near Matt's shots! It was way too hot and humid that day, but it was great working with Drew. The song The Machine is about money and greed and how these things can take our focus away from God and consume us...
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*Friday, September 3rd, 2010*

Building429
Continuing their efforts to aid in Haiti disaster relief, Building 429 will headline the 30 Seconds To Change Tour: A Tour To Benefit Haiti this fall. Partnering once again with Food For The Hungry, the tour is hitting more than 25 markets along with special guests MIKESCHAIR and Abandon. After traveling to Haiti with Food For The Hungry earlier this year, the members of Building 429 have become strong advocates of the organization’s cause...
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Jeremy Camp
Coming off the successful release of his new worship project, BEC Recordings’ artist Jeremy Camp announces his fall headline tour: “The Worship Tour” featuring Integrity worship artists’ Carlos Whittaker and John Mark McMillan. The tour will kick off with a special Nashville-edition concert on October 8th concluding on October 31st in Salem, IL (see below for the tour schedule)...
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Press Play
Universal Music/Dream Records artist Press Play debuts at #3 on this week’s Billboard Christian Album Chart and at #59 on the Top 200 Chart with their sophomore album NY2LA which released on August 24, 2010. Proceeds from album sales benefit the Dream Center and its philanthropic causes nationwide. Currently Press Play is on a 100 city nationwide tour, playing to fans of approx 5,000 nightly and will continue their tour through 2010 and early 2011...
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Francesca Battistelli
Fervent Records’ GRAMMY-nominated artist and reigning Dove Awards Female Vocalist of the Year Francesca Battistelli is on top of the world right now with her debut album My Paper Heart topping the overall Christian/Gospel Album Chart for four weeks in a row, making her the highest selling female artist in the genre in five years. This album features the hit singles “Beautiful Beautiful,” “I’m Letting Go,” “It’s Your Life” and the record-breaking smash hit “Free To Be Me” that held the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Christian/AC Radio chart for 10 consecutive weeks. Not to mention, all four singles have sold well over 100K digital downloads each with “Free To Be Me” already nearing 300k downloads...
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Point Of Grace
Word/Warner Bros. Recording Artist and Platinum Selling Vocal Group, Point of Grace, receive two Inspirational Country Music Award nominations for Entertainer and Vocal Group. This is the group’s secondyear to be nominated in the vocal group category. They won their first ICM Award for Vocal Group in 2009. The 16th annual ICM Awards will be held at the Trinity Music City USA Auditorium in Hendersonville, Tenn. on October 14...
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My Epic will be teaming up with To Speak of Wolves for a Southeast tour that kicks off this Friday. Tour dates are below. My Epic are touring in support of their newest and most highly praised album Yet...
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*Thursday, September 2nd, 2010*

Natalie Grant
Curb Records recording artist Natalie Grant’s highly-anticipated eighth studio album, Love Revolution, has debuted at #2 on Billboard’s Top Christian Albums Chart and landed at #32 on the Billboard Top 200, making this the best sales week of Grant’s 10-year music career. “It’s such a pleasure working with a talented artist such as Natalie,” Benson Curb, vice president of sales at Curb Records said...
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In just two weeks, NOLA native Jake Smith will release his independent project “Everyone Comes From Somewhere.” Focusing on this release, Smith will be hosting a hometown CD release show on Friday, September 10th in New Orleans (details below). Leading up to the release, fans can still download a free single from the upcoming album here...
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*Wednesday, September 1st, 2010*

Third Day
Georgia Music Hall of Famer (2009) Third Day has reached yet another milestone in its already illustrious career with the certification of its ninth RIAA Gold Certification marking sales of more than 500,000 copies of Revelation (7/29/2008). The album launched with a performance on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, a Billboard cover feature and an American Music Award trophy...
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Jeremy Camp
GRAMMY-nominated artist Jeremy Camp is honored with fans, media and radio’s reactions to the release of his heartfelt worship album, “We Cry Out: The Worship Project.” Camp’s sixth studio project debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Christian chart and No. 15 on Billboard Top 200 (his highest Top 200 debut) as well as No. 1 and No. 2 slots on iTunes® Christian & Gospel chart and No. 16 on iTunes® overall. This Billboard Top 200 debut also marks BEC Recordings highest debut...
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Owl City
The multi-platinum international phenomenon known as Owl City is teaming up with the world’s largest and notably most successful online distributor TuneCore in a unique partnership designed to empower developing artists. TuneCore has created a special website in collaboration with Owl City. Artists that choose to go through this website for distribution can have Owl City’s Adam Young listen to one “single” off their release. Adam will choose his favorite among all of the music submitted and provide a constructive critique of the song directly back with the artist...
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