Nashville, Tenn. Jul. 23, 2009… GMA Dove winners and former MSN “Artist of the Year” David Crowder*Band will release their fifth studio album, Church Music, on Sept. 22 from sixstepsrecords and EMI CMG Label Group.
Aptly titled, the band hopes their self-produced recording will prompt listeners to recognize the continual evolvement of music within the church as well as transport them into an awareness that we exist within the very presence of God, therefore allowing Church Music to happen anywhere.
“I hope this album serves as a reminder of music within the Church, of its richness and its broadness, and the tension that exists in using elements of cultural language to express our collective experience and also still remain a transformative presence that is set apart,” admits band front man David Crowder.
To add to the uniqueness of the album, the 17 songs on the album play continuously from beginning to end with one song blending into the next. In order to accomplish this, the band poured an immense amount of work into the process, sequencing the tracks before anything had been recorded so keys and tempos could be finalized. The result: 73 full minutes of music – 17 tracks, which ably stand alone, while at the same time seamlessly join together.
“We asked ourselves, if we, as a band, were to throw our arms around the popular music of our time, here in 2009, how would we do it,” says Crowder. “We started with the track. We programmed the album first, forcing ourselves to write from the track up, and then, after the song emerged, we dismantled it, replacing much of the programming with live instrumentation but leaving the fundamentals that the song emerged from intact.”
The band’s first single received a warm welcome on iTunes ® capturing the No. 1 spot on the Christian and Gospel Singles chart the week it was released. “How He Loves” just debuted at No. 26 on the AC Indicator chart.
With over 23,000 followers on twitter and an active myspace and web page, David Crowder*Band gave fans the opportunity to follow the making of Church Music through live 24-hour studio web-cams and viral videos titled “Rockumentaries.” With around 50,000 views, the four short films include parodies chronicling everything from a twitter obsession to battling guitar solos for the new record. To view these “Rockumentaries,” visit www.youtube.com/davidcrowderband.
On the heels of the highly successful Remedy Club tour which sold out notable clubs and theatres across the US, David Crowder*Band will headline the Church Music Tour with opening acts Danyew and Seabird starting this Oct. Appropriately titled, most of the tour’s 32 stops will take place in churches across the country.
Continuing their reputation for touring inventiveness, the band launched a hugely successful Church Music Tour presale in June exclusively through their site giving fans the opportunity to grab a limited number of “early access” tickets. Free of ticketing fees, these tickets will allow holders to be the first through the doors, putting them closest to the stage each night. The band will also make the Church Music project available in vinyl, available on the tour and through the band’s website. The double-disc LP also comes with a code give owners the ability to download a digital version of the record.
About David Crowder*Band: Church Music is the follow-up to David Crowder*Band’s 2007 release of Remedy. Along with the group’s 6 GMA Dove Awards and 17 nominations, David Crowder*Band has toured with Michael W. Smith, Third Day and Mercy Me including a headlining tour with Mute Math. The first Christian artist to be named MSN.com’s Artist of the Year in 2006 as well as foster a partnership with M-Audio/Propellerhead’s Reason software, Crowder is also the namesake behind premiere guitar maker Tom Anderson Guitarworks’s Crowdster Acoustic. They have received media coverage from such major news outlets as CNN, Fox and the New York Times. Despite the success, David Crowder*Band makes it a point to get back to University Baptist Church on most Sundays, a church they helped found on the campus of Baylor University in Waco, TX. The band is also featured at the enormously popular Passion gatherings. The group’s leader David Crowder is further an acclaimed author, having penned two books, including his acclaimed, highly personal, Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven, But Nobody Wants to Die: Or (The Eschatology of Bluegrass).
Founded in 2000 by Louie Giglio, sixstepsrecords (www.sixstepsrecords.com) is a worship label and a division of Passion Conferences. sixstepsrecords’ artists include Chris Tomlin (Hello Love), David Crowder* Band (Remedy), Charlie Hall (The Bright Sadness), Matt Redman (We Shall Not Be Shaken), and Passion (Passion: God of This City). The label partners with Sparrow Records/EMI CMG Label Group for A&R, marketing, sales and distribution operations.
About EMI CMG Label Group:
Brentwood, Tennessee-based EMI CMG Label Group is comprised of Sparrow Records, Forefront Records, and Credential Recordings, in addition to providing A&R and marketing support for sixstepsrecords via a joint venture and licensing partnership. Balancing freedom, discipline, creativity, profitability and ministry, EMI CMG Label Group strives for excellence in artist development. The Label Group is a division of EMI Christian Music Group. For further information, please visit www.emicmg.com.
Church Music Tour *all dates subject to change, please check www.myspace.com/davidcrowderband for the most updated info.
1-Oct San Antonio, TX 7:30 PM Summit Christian Center
2-Oct Abilene, TX 8:00 PM Beltway Park Baptist Church
3-Oct Houston, TX 7:00 PM Grace Community Church
8-Oct Las Vegas, NV 7:30 PM Canyon Ridge Christian Church
9-Oct Phoenix, AZ 7:30 PM Phoenix First Assembly
11-Oct Sacramento, CA 7:00 PM Capital Christian Center
12-Oct Modesto, CA 7:00 PM Calvary Temple Church
13-Oct Redding, CA 7:00 PM Redding Convention Center
15-Oct Eugene, OR 7:00 PM First Baptist Church - Eugene
16-Oct Portland, OR 7:00 PM Rolling Hills Community Church
17-Oct Seattle, WA 7:00 PM Christian Faith Center
18-Oct Abbotsford, BC 7:00 PM Abbotsford Pentecostal Assembly
19-Oct Spokane, WA 7:00 PM INB Performing Arts Center
20-Oct Boise, ID 7:00 PM Eagle Christian Church
22-Oct Minneapolis, MN 6:00 PM Hosanna! Lutheran Church
23-Oct Chicago, IL 7:00 PM Harvest Bible Chapel
24-Oct Grand Rapids, MI 7:00 PM Sunrise Community Center
25-Oct Detroit, MI 7:00 PM Woodside Bible
29-Oct Dallas, TX 6:00 PM Watermark Community Church
30-Oct Tulsa, OK 8:00 PM Cain's Ballroom
5-NovIndianapolis, IN 7:30 PM East 91st Street Christian Church
6-NovLexington, KY 8:00 PM Southland Christian Church
7-NovCincinnati, OH 7:30 PM Landmark Baptist Church
8-NovLancaster, PA 7:30 PM Calvary Church - Lancaster
12-NovBurlington, NJ 7:00 PM Fountain of Life Center
13-NovNew York City, NY 7:30 PM Terminal 5
15-NovMorgantown, WV 7:00 PM Chestnut Ridge Church
17-NovWashington, DC 7:00 PM Lisner Auditorium/George Washington University
18-NovCharlotte, NC 7:00 PM Forest Hill Church
19-NovColumbia, SC 7:00 PM Shandon Baptist Church
20-NovTampa, FL 7:30 PM Countryside Christian Center
21-NovAtlanta, GA 6:00 PM Mount Paran Church of God
For more info on David Crowder*Band, visit the JFH Artists Database.
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