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April, 2011
*Friday, April 29th, 2011*

David Crowder Band
The GRAMMY ® nominated David Crowder*Band will headline the highly anticipated “The 7 Tour” with acclaimed artists Gungor, who is doing an acoustic set, Chris August and John Mark McMillan. The shows will span from September through November and hit over 30 clubs and theaters across the U.S. including key markets such as: Dallas, Texas, Los Angeles, Calif., Portland, Ore., Seattle, Wash., Chicago, Ill., New York, N.Y., Atlanta, Ga. and Orlando, Fla...
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Despite having just released their latest album, The Architects Of Guilt, on February 15, metal act The Famine has decided to hang it up. Please check out the letter below from the band's own Nick Nowell... "THE FAMINE never should have existed. I don’t mean that like when a jealous brother screams, ‘I wish you were never born!’ at his little sister. What I mean is that we came together as a group of married thirty-somethings with kids and small businesses...
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One of the nation’s fastest growing worship centers, Victory World Church is on an incredible growth track and is internationally active through missions, leadership training and pastoral mentorships. Now Victory World Church will continue this outreach through the power of music with this mission being embraced through the launch of Victory World Music. Senior Pastors Dennis & Colleen Rouse announced today that the new music ministry’s debut project is Shake Heaven, which is spearheaded by R&B legend Montell Jordan, worship pastor at Victory World Church...
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*Thursday, April 28th, 2011*

Peter Furler
Multiple GRAMMY nominated, Dove awards winning Peter Furler returned to Mooloolaba, Queensland, Australia, where he originally formed newsboys, and performed his first solo concert April 23 for approximately 20,000 excited fans at Easterfest. Debuting new music from his first solo album, On Fire, which releases June 21 on Sparrow Records, Furler opened with “All In Your Head,” as well as played the current hit single, “Reach,” which is available now on iTunes...
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Daniel Bashta's debut, full-length album, The Sounds of Daniel Bashta, will release July 26. Leading up to street date, Integrity will release digital song/video bundles exclusively through iTunes. The Roar, a digital bundle featuring the songs "Unlock My Roar" and "Like A Lion" and the docu-video "Behind the Sounds of Daniel Bashta, Part 1," is available now. Links: http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/the-roar-single/id432914365...
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Lincoln Brewster
Integrity/Columbia Music singer/songwriter and worship leader Lincoln Brewster celebrated Easter by leading worship for more than 17,000 attending a special service held at Sacramento’s Power Balance Pavilion, home to the Sacramento Kings. The Easter service was an outreach of Sacramento-based Bayside Church Granite Bay Campus. “Typically on Easter we as the church are good on celebration but not so good on compassion,” said Ray Johnston, senior pastor, Bayside Church...
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Rush Of Fools
Please check out this letter from Kevin Huguley of Rush Of Fools and keep the Alabama tornado victims in your prayers! "Yesterday we have experienced a great and horrific tragedy as a community, as a city, and as a state. The death tolls for the greater Birmingham area are still unknown, but are rising by the hour. Families are left with nothing but each other, if even that. What do we, as a band, say to this?...
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*Wednesday, April 27th, 2011*

Ginny Owens
Nashville-based songwriter and producer Aaron Rice announces the launch of Soul Stride Records. The label, which will focus on faith-based music of all genres, has already signed artists including multiple ASCAP and Dove Award winner Ginny Owens; former member of million-selling pop group Jump5, Brittany Hargest; acoustic soul-pop artist, newcomer Haley Morgan Smith, and gospel artist Isaac Simpson and Divine Providence...
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One of the most prolific “modern hymn writers” in the world today, Stuart Townend releases his eighth studio album, The Journey, June 21 from Kingsway with EMI CMG Distribution in the US. Having written at least 119 songs that congregations are singing worldwide (CCLI), including “In Christ Alone,” “How Deep The Father’s Love For Us,” “The Power of the Cross” and “Beautiful Saviour,” the new studio album features modern Folk songs that tackle a broad range of themes, including the importance of generosity, God’s love and the need for Christians to realign our concept of what is ‘ours...
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*Tuesday, April 26th, 2011*

RSJ
Christian Grammy Award winning singer, Rebecca St. James, whose voice and personal story of dedication to purity behind her self-written signature song "Wait For Me,"encouraged millions of young people worldwide since its’ release a decade ago, said “I Do” this past weekend to the man she’s been waiting for. Rebecca married Jacob Fink on Saturday (23), in a ceremony held at the picturesque Junipero Serra Museum in San Diego, California. The noon wedding vows, including self-written commitment vows the couple wrote to each other, were set as the centerpiece of...
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Hyland
One of Tooth & Nail Records’ most promising new signings, Hyland, is set to release their label debut next Tuesday, May 3rd. Their debut, Weights & Measures, will be showcased with multiple hometown release shows next week in Minneapolis, MN. Details for the three shows in the Twin Cities area are below and available at the band’s Facebook. "We couldn't feel more blessed and excited about the next couple of months: releasing an album in a week, playing hometown shows...
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Power Pop Rock band The Great Transparency (Razzbarry) is happy to announce the upcoming release of their new EP Rebuild Your Love for this Spring. The title track from the EP will be releasing to national radio this Friday, April 29. Through the release of their EP Rebuild Your Love, Columbus, Ohio's own The Great Transparency seeks out those who understand that this world needs a redefinition of love. Singer Miah Wagner says, "The kind of love that this world clings to in today's culture is what is portrayed in movies, magazines, love songs on the radio, etc...
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Mission Six
iShine Records announces the upcoming release of new albums from Mission Six, The Rubyz and Jonnie & Brookie. All three releases, hitting stores on May 3rd, will be made available in a new format which iShine has dubbed MVP, standing for Music, Video, Purpose. The MVP format is a DVD with ten new songs, ten music videos, ten video song explanations, inspiring interviews, multimedia content and an episode of the weekly TBN television series iShine KNECT which features...
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California native Dominic Balli releases his first new project in three years, a 12-song album titled American Dream, available July 26. True to his signature style, which Balli describes as “CaliRockReggae,” the record features a unique blend of rock, pop, reggae, and hip hop sounds. The long-awaited follow up to his 2008 debut Public Announcement, which landed among the Top 30 reggae albums at iTunes that year, American Dream is a continuation of what Balli does best...
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*Monday, April 25th, 2011*

Underoath
Underoath's enigmatic new video for "Paper Lung" premieres today, exclusively on the band's website, underoath777.com. Directed by Jodeb (Deftones, Despised Icon), the video was shot in Montreal, Canada. "Working with Jodeb on this project was amazing. We have never worked with a director as dedicated and visionary. The video turned out even better than we had hoped and we had high hopes from the start," said guitarist Tim McTague...
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Needtobreathe
NEEDTOBREATHE is excited to join Taylor Swift, as main support on her upcoming "Speak Now" tour beginning May 27th in Omaha, NE. Hand-picked by Taylor, the 19-week tour will see the 4-piece rock band playing songs from their current album "The Outsiders," which debuted at #20 on the Billboard Top 200, along with introducing songs from their upcoming late summer release on Atlantic Records. The band is currently hard at work finishing up the new album in their Charleston, SC studio...
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*Friday, April 22nd, 2011*

Francesca Battistelli
Word Entertainment, Warner Music Group’s Christian music division, is celebrating their 60th anniversary year with a total of 19 Dove Award wins and taking home five out of the eight top awards at the 42nd Annual GMA Dove Awards. Fervent Records’ darling superstar, Francesca Battistelli, won the award for “Artist of the Year” making her the first female vocalist in 19 years to claim the elite title. The last female to win the award was Word Label Group artist, Amy Grant. Hot debut artist Chris August also made an impressive sweep at Wednesday’s award show receiving awards for...
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Mandisa
Two-time GRAMMY ® nominee Mandisa will perform on Fox & Friends this Easter morning, Sunday April 24 in promotion of her newest album, What If We Were Real. The top-rated Fox News morning show airs from 6-10am EST on the Fox News Channel. After shedding 120 pounds, Mandisa released her third studio album What If We Were Real earlier this month, and has appeared on Extra, E! News, Headline News...
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*Thursday, April 21st, 2011*

JoC
Multi-platinum, GRAMMY® & GMA Dove Award winning band Jars of Clay have done much more than impact the culture with their music. They have impacted dramatically on the humanitarian level through their founding in 2005 of the Nashville based philanthropic non-profit organization Blood: Water Mission. Established to address the HIV/AIDS crisis in Africa and its link to the lack of clean water sources, in the six years of its existence the organization has provided clean-water well systems, bringing wells and clean water resources to over 600,000 people...
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Dove Awards
The 42nd Annual GMA Dove Awards were handed out tonight at the Fabulous Fox Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia celebrating Gospel and Christian music’s biggest event. The 42nd Annual GMA Doves Awards hosted by TV host and comedienne Sherri Shepherd will be televised on GMC, America’s favorite network for uplifting entertainment (www.watchgmctv.com), on Sunday, April 24 at 7 p.m. PT. Click here for a complete list of winners (PDF file). This is the first year that GMC presented their UPLIFT SOMEONE award, which recognizes individuals who better the world and inspire others to do the same...
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Point Of Grace
For Word Entertainment, Warner Music Group’s Christian music division, its 60th anniversary year has become one to remember as they celebrate 19 Dove Award wins at this year’s 42nd Annual GMA Dove Awards. Among the 19 awards, the label claimed five out of the eight top awards of the night in the categories of “Artist of the Year,” “Female Vocalist of the Year,” “Male Vocalist of the Year” “New Artist of the Year” and “Group of the Year...
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Laura Story
INO Records’ Laura Story released her sophomore album Blessings last week and the 10-track worship album made a strong debuted selling over 6,000 units and landing at No. 2 on Soundscan’s Overall Chart, No. 4 on iTunes® Christian Albums Chart. The title-track single is continuing to hold the No. 1 spot on iTunes ® Christian Singles Chart for five consecutive weeks and also recently hit No.1 on the Overall Christian/Gospel Digital Tracks Soundscan Chart. “Blessings” has also been making a huge impact at radio...
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Francesca Battistelli
Fervent Records’ Francesca Battistelli became the Dove Awards’ “darling” tonight as predicted by the Atlanta Journal Constitution winning three awards, including the top honors for “Artist Of The Year” and “Female Vocalist Of The Year.” She also won the award for “Pop/Contemporary Recorded Song Of The Year” for the smash hit "Beautiful Beautiful." These accolades come on the heels of the successful release of Battistelli’s sophomore album Hundred More Years, which debuted at No. 1 on the Christian Album Chart and No. 16 on Billboard’s Top 200 Chart. The album is available everywhere now...
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Chris August
Fervent Records’ hot debut artist Chris August proved why he is quickly becoming a favorite in the genre at the 42nd Annual Dove Awards earning an impressive three awards at tonight’s show. August celebrates his first ever Dove Award wins with the prestigious “New Artist Of The Year” and “Male Vocalist of the Year” as well as in the category for “Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year” for his shining debut album No Far Away. The singer/songwriter earned the most awards of any new artist this year...
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David Crowder Band
sixstepsrecords was recognized with top honors in the “Worship Song of the Year,” “Special Event Album of the Year” and “Short Form Video of the Year” categories at the 42nd Annual GMA Dove Awards. The 42nd Annual GMA Dove Awards was held on Wednesday, April 20, 2010 at Atlanta’s historic Fox Theatre and will be televised nationwide on GMC (http://www.watchgmc.com), Easter Sunday, April 24, 2011 from 7-9p.m. EST. This year marked the first time the show has taken place outside Nashville in 40 years...
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Spring Hill recording artist Jason Crabb garnered double Dove Awards last night at the 42nd Annual GMA Dove Awards, while his father, acclaimed songwriter Gerald Crabb, was also honored in two top categories. Jason received Dove Awards for Inspirational Recorded Song of the Year, for “Joseph,” written by Don Poythress and Tony Wood; and Traditional Gospel Recorded Song of the Year, for “Go Tell It On The Mountain.” Both recordings were featured on his 2010 holiday collection, Because It’s Christmas...
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Casting Crowns
The Gospel Music Association’s 2010 Artist of the Year, Casting Crowns adds another Dove Award to its list of accolades, winning tonight for its long-form music video, Until the Whole World Hears Live DVD/CD release. The occasion marks Casting Crowns’ first career nomination and win in the category, which has previously been taken by artists such as Third Day, Switchfoot, Amy Grant, Audio Adrenaline, and tobyMac. The honor is awarded to the video’s artist, director and producer...
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*Wednesday, April 20th, 2011*

Red
Hard rock band RED garnered its fourth career GMA Dove Award this evening in the category of Rock Recorded Song for “Start Again” from its GRAMMY nominated Innocence & Instinct project. This is RED’s third win in the field of Rock Recorded Song, which this year included additional nominees Satellites and Sirens, Disciple, tobyMac, and Switchfoot. The band has won previously in this category for “Breathe Into Me” (2007) and “Lost” (2009)...
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Andrew Peterson
Award-winning author Andrew Peterson is scheduled to release his highly anticipated children’s book, The Monster In The Hollows, on May 10, 2011. The book is the third in the popular four-part Wingfeather Saga, which continues the escapades of Janner Wingfeather and his family as they face a new adventure fraught with mystery, betrayal and sneakery. The Monster In The Hollows, published by Rabbit Room Press, will be available for purchase at all retail outlets and will be distributed through Ingram Book Company. The book will also be available online at www.wingfeathersaga.com...
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*Tuesday, April 19th, 2011*

Peter Furler
With multiple GRAMMY nominations and Dove awards, “Songwriter of the Year” nods and musical talent that has driven the sales of five RIAA Certified Gold records, over seven million albums sold and 25 No. 1 songs, Peter Furler returns to music after ending his long tenure in 2009 as the lead singer of newsboys, the band he founded in Mooloolaba, Queensland, Australia. Refreshed and reawakened to the joy of music, Furler steps out with his first solo album, ON FIRE, releasing June 21 on Sparrow Records...
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Third Day
The 42nd Annual GMA Dove Awards announces a special event performance by industry leaders, Third Day, Steven Curtis Chapman and Casting Crowns’ front man, Mark Hall. Highly regarded Denver Bronco quarterback, Tim Tebow also joins the evening’s impressive presenter lineup. The 42nd Annual GMA Dove Awards, hosted by Sherri Shepherd, will take place at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, Ga. on Wednesday, April 20th at 8 p.m. ET. The awards show will be televised on gmc, America’s favorite network for uplifting entertainment, on Easter Sunday, April 24, 2011 at 7 p.m. ET...
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Tim Hughes
GMA Song of the Year Dove Award winning artist Tim Hughes releases his fourth, full-length studio album, Love Shine Through, today from Kingsway with EMI CMG Distribution in the US. Writer of “Here I Am To Worship,” “Beautiful One,” “Happy Day,” “Jesus Saves” and many more modern worship anthems sung by tens of millions every week in worship services around the world, Hughes’ first studio album in four years is being heralded by critics as his best album to date...
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Tim Hughes
GMA Song of the Year Dove Award winning artist Tim Hughes releases his fourth, full-length studio album, Love Shine Through, today from Kingsway with EMI CMG Distribution in the US. Writer of “Here I Am To Worship,” “Beautiful One,” “Happy Day,” “Jesus Saves” and many more modern worship anthems sung by tens of millions every week in worship services around the world, Hughes’ first studio album in four years is being heralded by critics as his best album to date...
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Mark Schultz
On the heels of his massively successful 20-date spring "Renaissance Tour," venerated musician Mark Schultz releases his first greatest hits collection, The Best of Mark Schultz, available everywhere today. Schultz poured through his expansive collection of beloved hits to select the 17 special tracks that complete this album. Schultz went with tracks that felt personal, not only to him, but to the fans whose lives have been impacted by his music throughout this Dove-award winning artist's decade-long career...
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*Monday, April 18th, 2011*

SCC
Music icon Steven Curtis Chapman finished his highly successful Canadian tour last week after performing in front of sold out crowds across the country. This was Chapman’s first time touring in Canada in nearly 15 years where they welcomed his intimate production of An Evening with Steven Curtis Chapman with open arms. Audiences were entertained as Chapman performed some of the new arrangements of some of his biggest hits re-imagined and re-recorded as part of his upcoming fall album release...
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The Museum
BEC Recordings’ band The Museum is nominated this week for mtvU’s Freshman Video of the Week. Their current single “Never Look Away” is the music video competing for the top spot. Fans can vote multiple times throughout the entire week from now until Friday, April 22nd at 2 pm Eastern. Click here to vote. “I wrote the song as I was going through a season of life where I was praying and seeking God for direction and felt like He was...
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Ginny Owens
Multiple Dove Award and ASCAP Award winner Ginny Owens has been tapped to perform at the 60th annual observance of the National Day of Prayer in Washington D.C. on May 5. Among Owens’ song selections will be an original song written for the event. In keeping with this year’s theme “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God,” Owens will play songs from her 2009 hymns record, some older fan favorites, as well as an original song for 400-500 attendees at a Canon House...
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Swimming with Dolphins
Minneapolis, Minnesota's Swimming With Dolphins will release their debut album, Water Colours, on May 17 via Tooth & Nail. The ambient synth-pop singer/songwriter, Austin Tofte, formally of Owl City, is currently on tour with Family Force 5 in support of the compelling disc, which was greatly inspired by the ocean and fond childhood memories of America's largest lakes. The album's first single, "Sleep To Dream," will be digitally released April 26 and is available to stream at on the band's Facebook...
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Family Force 5
Family Force 5 embark on TOURtantula with special guests Stereo Skyline, Swimming with Dolphins and Since Forever (dates below). Band releases limited edition EP titled ‘III’ (pronounced 'three') only available on their online store http://familyforce5.myshopify.com and on the Tourantula tour. To get up close and more personal then usual with the band fans are invited to attend ARACHNOCOUSTICA, a pre-show event that includes an acoustic set by Family Force 5...
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Jason Gray
Award winning artist, Jason Gray, is putting the final mixes on his highly anticipated new project, which is Gray’s third studio album on Centricity Music. A Way To See In The Dark will feature twelve new songs from Gray and releases September 13, 2011. Jason Ingram continues his successful collaboration with Gray as producer for the new CD. Last month Gray was one of the honored artists at the 33rd Annual ASCAP Christian Music Awards in Nashville...
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NewSong
The Winter Jam 2011 Tour Spectacular was the #1 tour in the world for the first quarter of the year, according to Pollstar. The multi-artist event featuring many of Christian music’s biggest names outpaced attendance for all other tours in the first quarter, including Bon Jovi, U2, X Factor Live, Lady Gaga, Brad Paisley and Justin Bieber, according to Pollstar’s 2011 Worldwide First Quarter Ticket Sales “Top 100 Tours” chart. Created and hosted by Christian music mainstay NewSong, the Winter Jam 2011 Tour Spectacular drew...
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*Sunday, April 17th, 2011*

Trin-I-Tee 5:7
GRAMMY® Award nominated, Gospel Music Association’s (GMA) Dove Award and Stellar Award winning Trin-i-tee 5:7 will release their 7th album, Angel and Chanelle in stores May 31. The forthcoming project features two album versions—the standard CD features 12 songs and the Deluxe CD features 17 songs. The duo’s new hit single, “Over and Over” enters at #10 on Billboard’s Hot Gospel Song Chart...
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*Friday, April 15th, 2011*

Abandon
San Antonio-based Abandon releases its acclaimed sophomore album, Control, next week (April 19) from Forefront Records. In the two years since Abandon’s Searchlights debut, the band has gathered a Dove nomination, widespread critical acclaim and tours alongside Fireflight, Building 429, Remedy Drive, Teen Mania’s Acquire the Fire, plus many major faith-based festivals. Amongst all the activity, the modern rockers crafted Control, which finds the band taking the next natural evolutionary musical step, while also turning inward for their greatest lyrical depth...
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Hillsong United
After becoming the first Christian artist to sell out Staples Center in Los Angeles, logging sold out events at major venues coast-to-coast this winter/spring and subsequently gathering Pollstar Magazine’s April 11 “Hotstar” cover feature, modern worship band Hillsong UNITED returns to the U.S. in June to pick up where they left off. Hitting primarily the Midwest for this burst of tour dates, the band will continue leading event goers through not only the favorites that have helped move over 11 million albums sold, but songs from AFTERMATH...
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Chris Tomlin
Recently nominated for “Christian Artist of the Year” and “Christian Song of the Year” for Billboard’s 2011 Music Awards, on top of his current six Dove Award nominations including Artist of the Year, Chris Tomlin’s And If Our God Is For Us... spring tour pulled in crowds by the thousands resulting in sold out shows all across the country. The tour was in such high demand, production added more show dates in Portland, Phoenix and Houston, and seats sold out shortly after they were announced...
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Blessid Union of Souls will appear on the nationally syndicated television talk show DAYTIME on Monday, April 18, 2011 (check local listings). The chart-topping pop/rock band is expected to perform their new hit single, ”The Only Song,” as well as one of the band’s early hits. The band is out promoting their new album, The Mission Field, with radio...
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*Thursday, April 14th, 2011*

Ginny Owens
Tune in to Fox News Channel on Friday, April 15 at 2:00 pm ET/1:00 pm CT for Dove Award and ASCAP Award-winning singer/songwriter Ginny Owens' live interview with religion correspondent Lauren Green about her upcoming performance at the National Day of Prayer next month. For more information on the event, visit: http://nationaldayofprayer.org/...
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Sho Baraka
Yesterday, hip hop artist Sho Baraka announced on his blog at LionsandLiars.com that he has decided to part ways with Reach Records. Below is his statement to the fans: "Around this time, one year ago, I released my second album Lions and Liars under Reach Records. Four years ago, I officially became an artist on the label, although my friendship with all the artists and staff predates that time. Today, I bring news that is exciting, yet surprising and full of uncertainty...
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Laura Story
This year’s “Female Vocalist” Dove Award nominee, critically acclaimed singer/songwriter Laura Story, whose title-track single has dominated the iTunes ® Christian Singles Chart at No. 1 for four consecutive weeks, released her sophomore album Blessings this week. While the album debuted in the Top 5 on iTunes ® Top Christian Albums Chart, it’s also making a lasting impression on critics: “Blessings is a worship record all the way. Her work focuses on lyrics from the heart, songs that reflect on hope...
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Laura Story
This year’s “Female Vocalist” Dove Award nominee, critically acclaimed singer/songwriter Laura Story, whose title-track single has dominated the iTunes ® Christian Singles Chart at No. 1 for four consecutive weeks, released her sophomore album Blessings this week. While the album debuted in the Top 5 on iTunes ® Top Christian Albums Chart, it’s also making a lasting impression on critics: “Blessings is a worship record all the way. Her work focuses on lyrics from the heart, songs that reflect on hope...
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Mandisa
What a week it has been for two-time GRAMMY ® nominee Mandisa. In addition to recently shedding 120 pounds, the Idol alum was featured on Extra , E! News, Headline News and Good Morning America in support of her latest recording, What If We Were Real. The album that was praised by USAToday.com and People Magazine, ranked in at No. 2 on the Christian Soundscan charts and No. 66 on the Billboard Top 200 selling over 7,500 units giving her an even higher debut than her last album Freedom...
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MxPx
After continuous requests from fans, Bremerton, WA musician MIKE HERRERA will finally be making his way across the U.S. to the East Coast for a month-long acoustic tour with Gasoline Heart's Louis DeFabrizio. Well know as the frontman of punk-pop trio MXPX, Herrera has broadened his fanbase with the debut of his alt-country band, TUMBLEDOWN, and tapped into his 50's/60's melodic rock side project ARTHUR late last year.Herrera has written his way into his fan's hearts over the course of his 17-year long career, selling more than 1.5 million records and touring the world. With an endless archive of tracks to choose from, Herrera will be performing a highly anticipated set list full of MXPX...
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*Wednesday, April 13th, 2011*

RSJ
Rebecca St. James has a double treat in store for viewers who tune in to Thursday’s edition of CBN’s “700 Club.” Rebecca will be live onset tomorrow at the network’s Virginia Beach studios to perform new music from her just released CD, I Will Praise You (Reunion Records), and to share with viewers the excitement of her wedding, which is upcoming later this month. In fact, the song from her new CD that Rebecca will be performing –You Make Everything Beautiful—is planned as a special part of her wedding ceremony to Jacob Fink...
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Red
The twice GRAMMY ® nominated rock band RED is adding additional strength to the band’s already highly impactful market presence, in part propelled by the current No. 1 scored by its multi-format song “Faceless,” and the announcement that its third studio album, UNTIL WE HAVE FACES, has surpassed the100,000 sales mark in just 10 short weeks. UNTIL WE HAVE FACES debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard Top 200 chart following its release on February 1. Further, the album remained in the Top 5 on both iTunes’ Overall Album and Rock Album charts its entire...
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Kari Jobe
Sparrow Records, a division of EMI CMG Label Group, has entered into an exclusive, long-term recorded music, marketing and distribution agreement with Kari Jobe, one of the best-selling female artists in Christian music since her self-titled debut album released in 2009. Effective immediately, Sparrow Records will represent the two-time Dove Award winning, Gateway Church (Southlake, TX) worship leader into worldwide markets...
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David Crowder Band
Artists and songwriters including The Beatles, David Bowie, as well as EMI CMG label group's own Chris Tomlin, David Crowder*Band, Audrey Assad and Josh Wilson have donated exclusive personal items and memorabilia to the EMI family’s charity auction to raise funds to help the Red Cross support people affected by last month’s earthquake and tsunami in Japan. The first phase of the charity auction is in progress and ends on April 15th, with the second phase ending on April 21st...
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Dove Awards
The coveted songwriter award nominees have been announced for next week’s 42nd Annual GMA Dove Awards. Chris August, Gerald Crabb, Jason Ingram, Joel Lindsey and Wayne Haun are this year’s nominees. Jason Ingram leads now with 12 nominations which is the most anyone has received in one awards season. The 42nd Annual Dove Awards, hosted by Sherri Shepherd, will take place at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, GA on Wednesday, April 20th at 8 p.m. ET. The awards show will be televised on GMC, America’s favorite network for uplifting entertainment, on Easter Sunday, April 24, 2011 at 7 p.m. ET...
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*Tuesday, April 12th, 2011*

Jonny Diaz
Today is the day! Jonny Diaz's anticipated self-titled project releases is now officially available in stores and online. From descriptions of "authentic" and "inspiring," to "encouraging," "refreshing" and "honest," Jonny Diaz releases to much critical acclaim. If you haven't yet heard the heartfelt songs from this inspiring songwriter, you will after you see what the critics are saying. Read on...
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Remedy Drive
Last Week, Remedy Drive frontman David Zach sent out an update about the band to their newsletter list, announcing their forthcoming May 2nd release, an EP titled Light Makes A Way, and bringing the sad news of his three brothers exiting the band. Check out the announcement below and don't forget to download the new single (click here) and pre-order the EP for just $5.00 (click here)...
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Strike First Records is happy to welcome a new band to the family. Ark of the Covenant play hard hitting, undiluted hardcore, and will be releasing their debut EP with Strike First this spring. Connecticut seems to be a breeding ground for enduring hardcore bands, and Strike First's newest band Ark of the Covenant has come out swinging with that infamous CT brand of intensity and drive. Musically the...
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EMI CMG
EMI Christian Music Group and Worthy Publishing have signed a long-term fulfillment and retail distribution agreement, according to Byron Williamson, President and CEO of Worthy, and Bill Hearn, President and CEO of EMI CMG. Under the new agreement EMI CMG will provide fulfillment services to all physical retail channels as well as sales and retail marketing support to the independent Christian retail channel. Worthy will directly...
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*Monday, April 11th, 2011*

Chasen
Andrew Patton, President, Patton House Entertainment is happy to announce a major new hiring within the management firm. Industry veteran, Mo Thieman (Fireflight, Abandon) has joined the company and will report directly to Andrew Patton. At the same time, Patton announces the addition of two new clients to the company's current artist roster...
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*Friday, April 8th, 2011*

Chris August
Fervent Records’ hot debut artist Chris August shows no signs of cooling off as he scores the coveted Songwriter Of The Year Dove Award nomination, bringing him up to a total of six Dove Award nominations including the previously announced categories: New Artist Of The Year, Male Vocalist Of The Year, Pop/Contemporary Album Of The Year for his shining debut album No Far Away, Song Of The Year and Pop/Contemporary Recorded Song Of The Year for his chart-topping hit "Starry Night." The Texas native is the most nominated New Artist this year at the 42nd Annual Dove Awards...
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Mandisa
Topping off a stellar debut week for her newest album What If We Were Real, Mandisa will appear on E! News Live tonight, April 8, 2011. The two time GRAMMY ® nominee spoke with Kristina Guerrero about her latest music, 120 pound weight loss and more. The entertainment news show hosted by Ryan Seacrest and Giuliana Rancic airs on the E! Network at 7 and 11:30pm EST. What If We Were Real has been praised by People Magazine, USA Today and more. Mandisa has also appeared on EXTRA and KTLA during the week of her album release...
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Katelynne Cox
Red Hammer Records pop vocalist Katelynne Cox wrapped a whirlwind radio tour to five stations in five days last week. Her debut radio single “Me,” from Cox’s May 17 national label release One Girl, has already garnered early support from key radio stations. Kicking off at WJLZ-FM (Virginia Beach, Va.) on Monday, Cox made her way to WVBM-FM (Tampa, Fla.), WHJT-FM (Clinton, Miss.), cross-country to AIR 1 Radio (Rocklin, Calif.) and finally KAFC-FM (Anchorage, Alaska) by Friday. Chris Chicago...
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*Thursday, April 7th, 2011*

toby
This week, BMI hosted their Annual Christian Awards ceremony at their offices in downtown Nashville and for the third year in a row Forefront’s multi-platinum selling artist TobyMac took home the award of the night “Songwriter of the Year,” making it his fourth win in this category. He shared the honor with Rodney Griffin and Bo Rinehart who also took home awards for the same title. Additionally, the award-winning artist’s hit songs “Get Back Up” and “City On Our Knees ” were recognized for being two of the Top 25 most performed songs on Christian radio over the past year...
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Mandisa
Just two days after her third studio album What If We Were Real debuted, two time GRAMMY ® nominee Mandisa will appear on EXTRA today, Thursday, April 7. The American Idol alum’s segment will include a performance of the title track at The Grove in LA, along with an interview with Mario Lopez about her new music and nearly 120-pound weight loss. To find when EXTRA airs in your area...
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Passion
Coming off the heels of more than 22,000 university students gathering in Atlanta this past January, Passion 2011 opened Friday at the Fort Worth Convention Center in downtown Ft. Worth with 10,000 students and leaders in attendance representing 13 countries and 47 states. Teaching and leading the prayer gathering was Passion founder and Pastor Louie Giglio as well as renowned speakers John Piper, Francis Chan. Leading worship were the critically acclaimed artists Chris Tomlin...
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Check out the latest Tooth & Nail, BEC Recordings and Solid State Records Artist Updates!... Oh, Sleeper just finished recording with Andreas Magnusson. The album is being mixed by Machine. The release date still TBD. Nine Lashes has their T&N debut record wrapped up and will be on the road this summer, more plans TBA. Seventh Day Slumber is wrapping up in the studio with Brent Milligan for their upcoming studio release...
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Jonny Diaz
Jonny Diaz has been waiting for this day for a long time, and as of Tuesday, it's officially here. This INO Records' singer and songwriting talent is set to release his next studio project, aptly titled Jonny Diaz, April 12th. Excited to be promoting the highly anticipated CD and its first single, "Beauty of the Cross," Diaz has completed numerous interviews, has been featured in CCM Magazine, GMC...
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Dove Awards
The list of stars keeps growing for the 42nd Annual GMA Dove Awards being held on Wednesday, April 20th at the Fabulous Fox Theatre in Atlanta, GA. Celebrities from across the entertainment landscape will present awards during the televised awards show. The 42nd Annual Dove Awards, hosted by Sherri Shepherd, will take place at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, GA on Wednesday, April 20th at 8 p.m. ET. The awards show will be televised on GMC, America’s favorite network for uplifting entertainment, on Easter Sunday, April 24, 2011 at 7 p.m. ET...
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*Wednesday, April 6th, 2011*

Swimming with Dolphins
Austin Tofte, the digi-centric singer/songwriter who popularly composes under the moniker Swimming With Dolphins, completed the debut full-length this March, apparently spending much of his time dreaming up ways to take his exciting brand of contemporary synth-pop into even broader, grander directions. WATER COLOURS, the band's debut on Tooth & Nail Records, comes after 2008's AMBIENT BLUE EP and was produced by Aaron Sprinkle (Anberlin, The Almost) as well as Zack Odom and Kenneth Mount (Cartel, Mayday Parade)...
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Building429
Dove-winning band Building 429 continues to gain attention as momentum builds at radio for the title track off its anticipated fifth studio album, Listen To The Sound, releasing May 10. This week, the song garners 4 more radio adds, totaling 78 AC and CHR stations spinning the hot track across the country and a move up Billboard’s CHR chart to No. 13. These new adds join all three K-LOVE, Air 1 and WAY-FM networks, plus top markets including Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Phoenix, Denver, Tampa, Washington, DC, Portland, OR, Jacksonville and St. Louis already playing the song...
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Bleach
Since rock band Bleach's reunion last year, the band had begun playing the occasional festival and show again. While they continue to work (slowly) on a forthcoming brand new EP, the guys have announced new tour dates for May, 2011, AKA "The Four States Tour." While it may only be four dates right now, definitely check back with BleachIsAlive.com for the latest on the band's happenings...
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*Tuesday, April 5th, 2011*

RSJ
GRAMMY and GMA Dove Award winning artist Rebecca St. James celebrates the launch of her ninth studio album I Will Praise You today, surrounding national media appearances including “Hannity,” “FOX & FRIENDS,” and SiriusXM Radio in New York City. The acclaimed artist, actor, author and upcoming bride is scheduled to make a live national appearance next week on CBN’s 700 Club from the network’s Virginia Beach studios. Specifics for FOX News Channel and CBN’s airtimes are listed below...
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The City Harmonic
The City Harmonic released its debut EP Nov. 22, 2010 from Kingsway amidst wide critical acclaim and momentum that is now beginning to grow exponentially thanks in part to its groundbreaking debut radio single, “Manifesto.” With Air1 and K-Love Radio Networks adding the song early and subsequently seeing it climb to No. 1 on their playlists due to listener’s support of the song, other stations across the country that initially passed on the song have similarly begun to air it amidst significant listener acclaim...
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Mandisa
What If We Were Real, the third studio album from GRAMMY ® nominee and American Idol alum, Mandisa is out today, and reviewers and fans alike are praising her latest efforts. In addition to speaking about her new album, Mandisa is in Los Angeles this week speaking with EXTRA, E! News Live, KTLA and more about shedding almost 120 pounds. She recently spoke with USA Today.com’s “Idol Chatter” about touring, image and her new music. Visit here to read the full interview, and their track-by-track...
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War Of Ages
Facedown Records are proud to announce that War of Ages will be continuing on with the Facedown Family, re-signing for another release, and headlining Facedown Fest in three days. They will be heading into the studio this fall to record for an early 2012 album release. War of Ages have been a part of the Facedown family since releasing their self titled debut with Strike First Records in 2005 and the label is delighted to be able to get behind what will be their 5th studio album next year...
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Matthew West
Matthew West concluded the spring leg of his headlining tour, “The Story of Your Life Tour” Sunday, April 3 in Kearney, NE. The tour proved to be a success, selling out eleven of the fourteen dates. The tour aims to bring to life the over 10,000 stories that inspired his latest album The Story of Your Life. The letters used to shape the new album came in from all over the U.S. and 20 other countries across the world. West will continue to make appearances throughout the year in support of his latest album, a full list of dates can be found on his website: http://www.matthewwest.com/tour/...
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Thi'sl
Hatred, that’s what hip hop artist Thi’sl (pronounced Thih-zull) feels about crack. His new music video featuring the song “I Hate You,” tells the story of how crack cocaine rips lives and families apart. Filmed in Jacksonville, FL and directed by Eshon Burgundy of Space Cherry Films, the video’s story is not fictional or third-party. It reflects an honest and gritty visual of Thi’sl’s own story. Growing up on the...
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*Monday, April 4th, 2011*

toby
Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) saluted the writers and publishers of the past year’s most-performed songs on Christian radio and television during the annual Christian Music Awards tonight at the company’s Music Row offices in Nashville. Genre-jumping star tobyMac shared his second consecutive Christian Songwriter of the Year crown with southern gospel favorite Rodney Griffin and pop-savvy rockers Needtobreathe’s Bo Rinehart...
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Newsboys
This Tuesday, April 5th, is the release of Newsboys' anticipated Born Again: Miracles Edition, courtesy of Inpop Records. This expanded version features new songs, the music video for "Miracles," and exciting remixes in addition to the dozen songs currently found on their summer 2010 hit CD release, Born Again. An additional bonus is that a limited edition 3-D cover was created for retail. This limited edition CD is a collector’s item with its unique high definition cover...
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Dove Awards
Fans have a say in the 42nd Annual GMA Dove Awards, Gospel music’s biggest night of the year. GMC, America’s favorite network for uplifting music and entertainment announced today, GMC’s “VOTE TO WIN” GMA DOVE AWARDS GIVEAWAY. For the first time ever, one lucky winner will receive two tickets to attend this year’s televised event, a $250 Visa gift card and a GMC branded “Uplift Someone” bracelet. Each person who casts their vote for the “Artist of the Year” and “New Artist of the Year” categories between now and Tuesday, April 12 will be entered to win. The 42nd Annual Dove Awards, hosted by Sherri Shepherd, will take place at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, GA on Wednesday, April 20th at 8 p.m. ET...
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Hillsong United
Modern worship band Hillsong UNITED is featured as the current “Hotstar” cover feature of touring industry trade magazine Pollstar. Of the more than 11,000 artists on Pollstar’s radar, the publication chose UNITED to be the cover of its April 11 issue following the success of the band’s North American “Aftermath” tour. Logging 10 sold out events at major venues coast-to-coast and becoming the first Christian artist to ever sell out Los Angeles’s Staples Center, Hillsong UNITED’s tour launched...
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*Sunday, April 3rd, 2011*

Syntax Distribution expands its clientele once again to include K5 Presents, a company determined to give parents safe, fun and powerful content aimed at the formative years between Kindergarten through 5th grade. With this age range typically overlooked by the music industry, K5 has target with the K5 Kids - Cruz, Leylah, Lyric, Nash and Zoe - to sing the songs of well known family-friendly bands. Joining forces with Syntax, the music of K5 Kids will be strategically placed in front of a larger audience offering a greater span of school-aged children music with a purpose...
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*Friday, April 1st, 2011*

Maranatha! Music announces the upcoming release of Top 25 Cantos de Alabanza 2012 Edition, which is now available for pre-sale online at Maranathamusic.com and everywhere on May 3, 2011. Top 25 Cantos de Alabanza 2012 Edition (Top 25 New Praise Songs 2012) is filled with 25 popular songs in Spanish for Latin Christians. The CD features current songs sung in Spanish, multi-cultural churches across the United States and Latin America and is produced by Worship Leader magazine’s SongDISCovery A& R Director, Phil Sillas (Natalie Grant, Plus One)...
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Amy Grant
Hot Scots and bold-faced names take Manhattan by storm and get “Dressed to Kilt” at the ninth annual charity event, this year taking place on Tuesday April 5, 2011. Multiple GRAMMY ® winner Amy Grant will join Kix Brooks, Kellie Pickler and more to benefit the Wounded Warriors Project and Paralyzed Veterans of America. The highly-anticipated event will be held at the Hammerstein Ballroom (311 West 34th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues), beginning with a cocktail reception at 7:30 p.m. followed by the runway fashion...
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