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JFH Music News Archive

January, 2005



*Sunday, January 30th, 2005*


Matt Kearney
InPop artist Mat Kearney has just signed a mainstream deal with Aware/Columbia Records. A recent update on awarerecords.com made the following announcement, "Aware is excited to announce that we have signed a new artist to our label! I'd like to introduce you all to Mat Kearney, an artist who deftly incorporates wide-ranging influences that paint his songs with strength and passion. His music fuses hip-hop beats and spoken verses with pop choruses and acoustic folk - all moving effortlessly from one influence to another. Mat's debut record Bullet was released by the Christian label Inpop and his forthcoming Aware/Columbia release is scheduled for later this year. You can listen to the tracks from "Bullet" at matkearney.com. There is also a track available for download. Also, in February Mat will be doing a small run of tour dates in the southeast with the Graham Colton Band." For the Jesusfreakhideout.com Mat Kearney artist page, click here. (from AwareRecords.com)

Tree63
InPop Records has decided to re-release Tree63's The Answer To The Question in an Expanded Edition. The re-release features five new tracks not available on the band's original 2004 release: "Paradise," originally intended for The Answer, a version of Time Hughes' "Maker Of All Things," and three new acoustic versions of Tree63 standards: "King," "You Only," and "All Because." The expanded edition will be available in the US on March 1st. In addition, InPop has released "Maker Of All Things" to US radio as a follow up to "King." (from Tree63.com)

Bebo Norman will hit the road in early March with Shawn McDonald and Sarah Kelly. They plan to travel the West Coasts playing shows in California, Oregon, Washington, Arizona, and Colorado. Visit BeboNorman.com for tour dates. (from BeboNorman.com)

Lifehouse's first single from upcoming self-titled album, Lifehouse, "You And Me" is now available for digital download, already #5 Top Song on iTunes. Visit lifehousemusic.com for some exclusive downloads from their new album which will hit stores March 29th. (from Lifehouse)

*Saturday, January 29th, 2005*


POD
Last weekend P.O.D. frontman Sonny Sandoval was invited to Los Angeles to contribute to the "Forever in our Hearts" Tsunami Relief project. One hundred percent of artist royalties will go to help families in need. Among the many stars who lead their vocal talents to a special song were former Sixpence frontwoman Leigh Nash, as well as Bryan McKnight, Nate Dogg and even actors Eric Roberts, Roselyn Sanchez, John Cho, Corey Feldman, and Kelly Hu (to name a few). In other P.O.D. news, the band has started pre-production on their next record with producer Greg Fidelman. After months of demoing songs and seeking inspiration for the new album, the boys are now reviewing their material with Fidelman and preparing to enter the studio. Greg Fidelman is best know for his work on the new Slipknot, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Audioslave, System of A Down, and Johnny Cash. (from P.O.D.)

Michael W. Smith
One month after the devastating tsunami hit South Asia, artists, musicians, religious leaders and the community gathered to honor the victims and raise money for disaster relief at “An Evening for Restoration: Music City Comes Together for Tsunami Relief” Wednesday night at Belmont University in Nashville. The sold-out show raised more than $50,000 to help World Vision, the international relief agency which has thousands of staff members on the ground working in the stricken South Asian region where more than 200,000 people have died. Co-hosted by Michael W. Smith and Kathy Mattea, “An Evening for Restoration: Music City Comes Together for Tsunami Relief,” featured performances by Smith and Mattea as well as Steven Curtis Chapman, Diamond Rio, CeCe Winans, Ricky Skaggs, Steve Cropper, the Oak Ridge Boys, Kirk Whalum, tobyMac and Diverse City, Crystal Gayle, MercyMe, Lee Greenwood, Jaci Velasquez, The Whites, The Crabb Family, Dr. Bobby Jones, Michael Martin Murphey, Micah Stampley, Billy Walker and the Nashville Chamber Orchestra. Vince Gill made a surprise appearance as the guitarist for the house band. “An Evening for Restoration: Music City Comes Together for Tsunami Relief” was also live, exclusively on XM Satellite Radio. Because the concert was produced with all donated goods and volunteer staffing, including the use of the 1,000-seat Massey Performing Arts Center at Belmont University, every cent of each $25 ticket went to World Vision. During intermission, World Vision made an additional request for donations, and the audience responded with amazing generosity, offering an estimated $27,000 in cash and check donations. More money is expected to be counted following the concert from audience members and XM Satellite Radio listeners make contributions through World Vision’s website (www.WorldVision.org) and/or the event’s official website (www.ProjectRestore.org) (from Spinhouse)

ZOEgirl
ZOEgirl, one of the bestselling new Christian acts to emerge in this decade, returns with its fourth studio album, Room To Breathe, on March 15, 2005. In an online post, the group writes, "We've spent many months working on Room To Breathe and seeking God's direction on every song. It's a great combination of fun, classic ZOEgirl, worship, and deeper ministry." More details about Room To Breathe will be unveiled in the coming weeks. In the meantime, ZOEgirl is inviting fans to sign up online for Team ZOE to help promote the album's imminent release and has also announced plans to launch a national tour on March 31 with label mate Jump5. A three-member group committed to writing its own music and promoting sexual purity among girls, ZOEgirl gained a large and loyal following with the release of its self-titled debut album and later won the Dove Award for New Artist of the Year in 2002. To date, the trio's top hits include "I Believe," "Dismissed," "You Get Me," and "Beautiful Name." "About You" is being released to radio next Friday and listen to "About You" by clicking here. (from Sparrow Records)

SCC
Steven Curtis Chapman will be appearing at the National Women Of Faith Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada February 18 - 20. Steven comments, "It's an honor to be included in a Women of Faith conference. They rarely invite men to their platform. Kevin Leman and I will have to stick together - we're going to be seriously outnumbered." Steven's Friday afternoon set is part of a 3-day conference. Conference registration plus box lunches on both Friday and Saturday. Call 1-888-49-FAITH or visit WomenofFaith.com for details. Speaking of Steven, his wife Mary Beth Chapman will be appearing on "At Home Live" next Tuesday February 1st. "At Home Live" is seen nationwide each weekday morning at 11a ET, check your local listings for the station in your area. She'll discuss adoption, Steven, her kids and the new chilodren's book she's co-written with her husband Shaoey And Dot. And if you're in Dallas, come see Mary Beth in person at a TV taping later in the day next Tuesday. In the near future Mary Beth will appear nationally on "Life Today With James Robison," check your local listings for time and station in your area, and you could come be a part of the studio audience. If you're in Dallas you can reserve free tickets by calling (817) 267-0040 x4810 or e-mail audience@loi.org for the 7-9p taping. The Life Today studio is in the Dallas/Fort Worth area at 1801 W. Euless Blvd., Euless 76040. For more informatin visit LifeToday.org. (from Sparrow Records)

Bethany Dillon
16 year-old Bethany Dillon has wrapped a national tour with Bebo Norman and is now in Nashville recording her second album. Soon, Bethany will head north to Illinois and her home state of Ohio for several performances and signings at Borders bookstores. With each purchase of Bethanys self-titled debut album, Borders is including a FREE copy of her Limited Edition EP, Beautiful Sessions. For more information, visit www.bethanydillon.com (from Sparrow Records)

Riley Armstrong
Riley Armstrong is back in action this Spring. "I’m busy working on a new album," wrote Armstrong in a new email newsletter this week. "It’s going well and we’re going to work hard on it with some pro’s coming up real soon. I wanted to write and tell you about that delayed Christmas present on the website – we have it up and running! It’s a little rock and roll video of a new song of mine called 'Birdhouse.' A good friend of ours, Nate Black from Clear Vision Drama Company, filmed it for us when we were in Lamar, MO. Sam on the drums and Lukey playing bass – we’d love for you to check it out!" The link in question is: http://www.rileyarmstrong.com/video/birdhouse_160x120.mp4

Whiplash Records and Prodigal Son Entertainment’s Scott Williams have inked label and management deals respectively with CCM newcomer Farewell June, as their debut project, 1939, prepares to release in early February. “The band is thrilled about signing with Whiplash Records,” affirms Robert “Jonas” Woods, Farewell June’s lead singer. “They are genuine in their beliefs and actions; we are blessed beyond our wildest dreams to be part of this team.” A whiplash is defined as "a sudden and immediate change of direction.” According to the founders, this label based out of Nashville, Tenn. hopes to provide a musical outlet which causes people to reflect on their purpose and to make a sudden change for God. Nashville-based Whiplash Records’ mission statement reads, “We’re crazy about engaging the world with a musical language that leaves its mark. It's not enough for us to be a part of the Christian sub-culture anymore. We're the counter-culture. So if your heart needs healing, if you’re looking for spiritual restoration or a renewing breath of life, if you’ve become desperate for revival, then it's time for a sudden and immediate change of direction. Welcome to the revolution." For more information on Farewell June, visit www.farewelljune.com. (from Five Stones Music)

Bellevue, Washington-based Centricity Records announces the addition of highly regarded rock band Circleslide to its roster. Established in San Antonio, Texas and now hailing from Cape Girardeau, Missouri, Circleslide is a four-piece band whose music blends folk rock, British pop and pop sensibilities of the 80s. Its distinctive Americana-Brit pop style has been compared to everything from Bob Dylan and Neil Young to U2 and Radiohead. Circleslide members include lead vocalist Gabe Martinez, bassist Tim Martinez, lead guitarist Aaron Gillies and drummer Fred Mandujano. “With so many new bands out there these days, it's really hard to find one whose music has a timeless, trend-less quality to it,” says Centricity’s A&R representative, John Mays, who has helped launch the careers of such artists as Point Of Grace, Matt Redman and Nichole Nordeman, among others. Mays was first introduced to Circleslide at the Gospel Music Association’s annual Music in the Rockies event in Estes Park, Colorado where they placed No. 1 in the “Contemporary Christian Band” category in the 2003 national competition. “I was first compelled by that quality in Circleslide’s sound, but then as I got to know them, I just fell in love with their history, their work ethic and who they were personally. It really is a joy for Centricity to be partnering with Circleslide to help take their work to a larger platform.” For Circleslide’s national debut releasing this spring, Mays enlisted the production talent of acclaimed jazz musician and producer, Tommy Collier. Having worked with the band on its four-song EP, Connectology, which was released online and sold at shows, Collier is producing four additional songs for the upcoming release. (from Hoganson Media)

*Wednesday, January 26th, 2005*


Supertones
With just a week until the release of what was believed to be their final project, The O.C. Supertones new hits album Unite won't be the only offering from the band this year. Less than two months after the release of Unite, the band will release a worship collection entitled Faith Of A Child. According to a Hideout reader who goes by "Dorfs Quest," Supertones drummer John Wilson announced these project details on the band's official forum this week, "If all goes as planned, it will only be the worship songs that Dan [Spencer] and Mojo sang, all the slow worship-type songs from our other records, and two more of the new songs we rerecorded... A newer John-Davis-piano-driven 'Hold Onto Jesus' and a mellow reggae version of 'Louder Than The Mob.' Hopefully none of the other songs will show up on there. They are completely awful." Rumor has it, the project will include three songs from the never-released Supertones worship album that had been scrapped because the band just didn't like the end result. The song titles include "Famous One," "Enough," and "Here I Am to Worship." (from EMI CMG; Thanks to Dorfs Quest and GodSka)

Superchick
Inpop punk/pop/rock band Superchic[k] breathes new life into their relentless search for the next young revolution on their upcoming release, Beauty From Pain, hitting stores March 29. This studio project comes from the band whose previous projects have inspired, empowered, and entertained with the call to rise above society’s unhealthy trappings. Beauty From Pain’s first radio single, “Pure” hit the airwaves strong with 11 adds on R&R’s Christian Rock chart and 19 adds on R&R's Christian CHR chart its first week out. “Pure” represents the album’s in-depth look at Superchic[k]’s individual’s lives over the past year, as every band member faced the breakup of a serious relationship. While these painful moments took root, the band naturally allowed the experiences to flow into songs. “With each of us going through these painful experiences, we were able to expound on the emotions we were feeling and learn from the pain,” describes deejay/producer Max Hsu. Vocalist Tricia Brock says this of the focus for the project, “This album is more about where we are at right now. It makes the music more powerful. We are singing from the heart, full of emotion, showing people that we relate to those times when you don’t understand God and life gets lonely.” "It's Superchick's time to pop in the marketplace, and the band has delivered the music that will shed new, relevant light on a youth culture that's seeking truth, " said Inpop General Manager/Sr. VP Rob Poznanski. "This record flows out of each band member's personal experience, and it's sure to resonate with fans who've lived the gamut of emotions explored here." No matter what the topic, the band reinvents musical avenues in order to pack more diversity, stylistic blends, and emotional range into each song. One such song, “Down From the Bottom” is an upbeat hip-hop track featuring guest vocalist tobyMac. This track blends elements of R&B and reggae grooves with tight hip-hop beats. “Down From the Bottom” is also featured on tobyMac’s recent release, Welcome to Diverse City, titled “Stories.” This spring Superchic[k] will continue touring with speaker/author Josh McDowell on The Bold Truth Youth tour. Superchic[k] is featured throughout the evening, leading praise and worship at the beginning and at the end, and performing their full energetic set in the middle of the event. (from The M Collective)

Mars Ill
Mars Ill's newest project Pro-Pain has been delayed even further, unfortunately. The release was given an October 19th, 2004 street date originally but was pushed back till March of this year. Well, the date has been pushed back once again, looking towards a July 29th release. In the meantime, the band has released a new 15-track album available exclusively from their website or shows entitled Pirate Radio. You can visit www.MarsIll.com right now for more details. (from MarsIll.com / Gotee)

Kevin Max
Kevin Max joined A Wave of Love to help inspire Christians to reach out and give to people affected by the tsunami disaster in South Asia. "A Wave of Love: Christians Respond to the South Asia Crisis" is a special campaign that is bringing together Christian charities, artists, radio stations, and record companies to get the word out and help Christians find effective ways to give and serve at this critical time. "I can't help but think that there is a deeper meaning to all that is happening in the world, the earth and its axis, God and His grand design and the heart and soul of people everywhere that have been affected," says Max. "I have a friend who lost his grandmother in Sri Lanka to the floods, and it proved to me how total and huge the devastation was." Max is widely known as the enigmatic and charismatic singer of dc Talk, and has one of the most well-known and distinct voices in pop/rock music. During his career with EMI, dc Talk has sold over 8 million records worldwide, won four Grammy Awards and had a Top 40 pop hit with "Just Between You and Me" (Virgin Records), which also received significant airplay on VH1 and MTV. Max is using his voice to encourage Christians to save lives by giving what they can through Food for the Hungry, one of the charities involved with A Wave of Love. "I am asking everyone that has time and money to help out Food for the Hungry, in any way that you can," says Max. "This organization is one of the best and most dedicated in times of need." (from Nashville Publicity)

Pc3
Dove Award-winning artist Paul Colman is set to release his national solo debut, Let It Go, for Inpop Records on March 1. Colman’s first project for Inpop, Let It Go, was produced by Ed Cash (Amy Grant, Chris Tomlin, Bebo Norman) and Vince Emmett (Rebecca St. James), and features 11 new songs written or co-written by Colman. The project also features the songwriting talents of Cash, Jason Ingram and newsboys frontman, Peter Furler, along with a stellar cast of studio musicians including drummer Kenny Aronoff (Rolling Stones, Bon Jovi, John Mellencamp). The first single from Let It Go, “Gloria,” is already climbing the AC and CHR radio charts. “I wanted a song that called everyone to acknowledge the God of creation,” Colman said of the song. “‘Gloria’ is a call to all humanity. We are all here together, and we were made by God, so let us come before Him and give Him glory.” “Paul has been a good friend for years, and I love his heart,” said Furler, founder and co-owner of Inpop Records. “We’re thrilled to partner with him on this solo project. I believe this record is his best yet.” Colman, who announced plans to lead a solo career in April of last year, has already seen an impressive career as the leader of the Paul Colman Trio. The band was named the Gospel Music Association’s “New Artist of the Year” in 2003 and a Top 10 “Breakthrough Artist of the Year” for 2002 by Radio & Records. The group’s debut project, New Map of the World, received a GRAMMY nomination for “Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year” and a Dove Award for “Pop/Contemporary Album” in 2003, along with two No. 1 radio singles and an opening slot on Third Day’s successful 2002 “Come Together” Tour. Since signing with Inpop earlier this year, Colman has toured extensively in the United States and abroad, with appearances at such major festivals as Atlanta Fest, Creation Festivals (East and West), Kingdom Bound and Rock the Universe at Universal Studios, Florida. (from InPop Records)

Caedmons Call
Caedmon's Call is preparing for their Spring Tour. "Beginning in March, Marcus and Emmanuel from India will be back again to join the tour, and our longtime friend, singer/songwriter Andrew Peterson (www.andrew-peterson.com) will be opening for us as well," the band announced this week. "We're also very excited to be a part of the 20-20 Conference (www.www.sebts.edu/2020/) in early February, and are looking forward to coming through the Northeast and Canada too." For more details and tour dates, visit www.caedmonscall.com/ns/tour.shtml (from Caedmon's Call)

Stellar Kart
Emerging pop-punk band Stellar Kart will open for Tooth & Nail/BEC Recordings rock act Kutless on the “Strong Tower Tour” next month. The tour, which coincides with Stellar Kart’s debut album release, All Gas. No Brake, is scheduled to hit more than 20 major markets through mid-March. Kicking off in Minnesota Feb. 15, the “Strong Tower Tour,” named for Kutless’ upcoming worship record, will additionally feature Fervent Records sister trio BarlowGirl. The top-notch lineup guarantees music to appease rock fans of all appetites. A complete tour itinerary follows this release. “The ‘Strong Tower Tour’ with Kutless, BarlowGirl and Stellar Kart is going to be a great run,” comments Mike Snider of Third Coast Artists Agency. “This is a youth-oriented package with a ministry focus that represents different demographics. It’s perfect for the touring market, and all early indications point to strong response and sold-out shows.” The high-profile tour is timely for new Word/Curb/Warner Bros. signing Stellar Kart, whose first national project launches Feb. 15. Written and produced entirely by Stellar Kart, All Gas. No Brake is a high-energy, singable record that speaks to issues affecting teens today. The album’s debut radio single, “Spending Time,” was serviced to both Christian Hit Radio and Rock radio earlier this month. It was among the most added singles its debut week out, according to Radio & Records’ Rock chart. (from Savvy Media)

The Afters
MercyMe’s Bart Millard and producer Pete Kipley have recently announced the formation of Simple Records, an imprint through INO Records, who will be responsible for all marketing and radio promotion. As the first band to sign with Simple Records, The Afters are ready to release their national debut project, I Wish We All Could Win. The CD follows their highly acclaimed independent project, When the World is Wonderful, which sold more than 25,000 units under their former name Blisse. I Wish We All Could Win will be in stores February 22, and will be distributed by Provident Integrity Distribution and to the general market through Epic Records. “I have always dreamed of not only being a part of the music industry, but making a difference,” Millard states. “Simple Records is a part of that dream. As a band, The Afters represent everything we desire to be about as a label. It’s not so much about The Afters needing our industry, but our industry needing more bands like The Afters.” I Wish We All Could Win, a 10 song project produced by Brown Bannister and Dan Muckala, balances muscular power chords with soaring melodies and simple acoustic moments with majestic orchestration to create an epic soundscape. The first radio single, “You,” is currently going for adds at Rock and CHR. Describing the chiming single, vocalist for The Afters Josh Havens said, “We should not find our identity in things of the world, but rather in Christ. In difficult times, we can feel safe and secure knowing that our lives are in the hands of the very One who created us. And His love for us is greater then our minds will ever comprehend.”

Avalon
After the recent Tsunami disaster in Southeast Asia, many local Christian recording artists have announced plans to perform a benefit concert in Nashville. The show will feature performances from Avalon, Rachael Lampa, Tait, Anthony Evans, Everlife, George Rowe, David Phelps, Natalie Gage and Tiffany Farnsworth. The keynote speaker K.P. Westmoreland will also host the evening. The benefit concert is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 9th at Rocketown, 401 6TH Ave S.; (www.rocketown.org). Doors for the event will open at 6pm and tickets are $10. "It has been amazing to see how many people want to help," said Scott Knabe, event manager. "We all feel led to reach out and help the victims. We are excited and believe in a complete sellout for the benefit." All proceeds from the event will go to Operation Blessing. "We are of the firm belief that these artists combining their talents will signal what the real heart of the music industry in Nashville is all about," said Sue Ross, artist relation coordinator/promotion coordinator. Tsunami benefit team is currently seeking corporate sponsors to donate items to be auctioned during the event. To donate items/funds, please email Shawna Marie Hansen at shawna@shawnamariemusic.com. To find out more information on Operation Blessing, show updates or ticket information go to www.tsunamireliefshow.com. (from AristoMedia)

Provident Label Group’s Essential Records announced today the signing of 16-year-old rock singer, musician and songwriter Krystal Meyers. Meyers, a Franklin, Tenn., native, writes rock music with a punk edge and attributes her musical influences to bands such as Finch, Further Seems Forever, Dashboard Confessional, Mae and Blindside. The Krystal Meyers label debut releases to Christian and general market retail on June 7 with the first radio single adding in March. To deliver the album, this teenage newcomer teams up with producer Ian Eskelin and the highly-acclaimed, L.A. based “Wizardz of Oz” production team whose credits include Avril Lavigne and Liz Phair. Meyers, on signing with Essential, shares, “I couldn't be happier! I am so glad that God has brought this opportunity into my life and I am excited to see where He takes this new partnership!” Robert Beeson, sr vp of A&R for Provident, comments, “It’s hard to find an artist with real vision, who knows exactly who they are and what they want in a music career, and it’s even more difficult to find in a 16-year-old. Krystal is the exception. She has the ability to speak as a peer with artistic excellence and a passion that cannot be fabricated.” He adds, “Krystal is a unique artist for our market and for this generation.” Krystal has been singing most of her life with her first performance noted at age 5 at a church in Oregon. She began crafting songs in grade school while regularly attending songwriting-focused summer camps. It was at these writing camps that Krystal at age 13 picked up the electric guitar to help in her song developing. Shortly after, Meyers mustered her skills and formed a band in junior high to play school events. (from Provident Music)

*Friday, January 21st, 2005*


Michael W. Smith
Michael W. Smith and Kathy Mattea are set to host a special event in support of the victims of the recent tsunami disaster. This one-night only benefit concert, which is bringing together a number of Nashville's major music organizations as well as artists from a variety of genres, will benefit World Vision in their South Asia tsunami disaster relief efforts. The event is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, January 26, 2005 at 7 p.m. at the Curb Event Center at Belmont University in Nashville. Tickets went on sale Wednesday through the Curb Event Center box office (615-460-8500) and through Ticket Master (615-255-9600 or www.ticketmaster.com). Tickets will cost $25, with 100 percent of the ticket price going to World Vision. Those attending the concert will have an opportunity to make additional contributions to World Vision that night. For more information, visit http://www.projectrestore.org (from ProjectRestore.org)

Kids In The Way
Kids In The Way's new sophomore project now has a title and release date! The album, entitled Apparitions of Melody, has been given a May 10th street date. You will be able pre-order a limited signed edition online (kidsintheway.com) from March 10th to May 1st. Also starting March 29, the band will put 1 new song a week up on purevolume.com for you to check out. In the meantime, be sure and check out Kids In The Way on the current Skillet tour if you want to hear some new songs. You can stop by flickerrecords.com to see where they are playing near you. (from Flicker Records / KidsInTheWay.com)

Plumb
Plumb is not only finishing up her latest record Chaotic Resolve and enjoying her pending motherhood, but is planning a possible new book. "I’m also in the final stages of my book proposal 'Damaged'...true stories of women who have survived the pains of abuse," announced on her website Plumbinfo.com this week. "I’m still interviewing women for chapters in the book... and thank so much the many of you who have already been vulnerable enough to share your stories with me. Everyone’s story is unique and sacred. I’m interviewing numerous women and selecting 10 or 12 so that not only will there be many different angles to relate to in the different chapters of the book but so that I can understand even more so the many different emotions and repercusions of the many different forms of abuse, but it verbal, emotional, sexual or physical and the psycological outcomes that can come from them such as cutting, compromise, insecurity, fear and confusion. If you think your story could help not just someone else, but even yourself, in the accountability of sharing it, please e-mail me at plumb@pluminfo.com." (from Plumbinfo.com)

Fusebox
Fusebox will be the headlining act on the “Will Play For Food Tour”, a tour sponsored by the organization Food For The Hungry. The tour will start in January and continue through May. Also featured on the tour are the bands Downhere, Jonah 33, and Pivitplex. Go to inconcert.org for more details and concert info. Check and see if the tour is coming near you. www.fuseboxmusic.com (from Fusebox)

Todd Agnew
Ardent Records signature-voiced male vocalist, Todd Agnew, recently exceeded 150,000 in sales with his critically acclaimed 2003 national debut, Grace Like Rain. John Fry, President, Ardent Records comments, “Todd continues to be used by God in amazing ways. The integrity of his ministry and the authenticity of his music are unique and inspiring. He is truly deserving of the continued acceptance and recognition that the public and the industry have bestowed.” Recently headlining World Vision’s “In the Name of Love Tour” and traversing the nation as a special guest on the Newsboys and Rebecca St. James “Adoration Tour,” on February 3, Agnew will launch the Absolute Modern Worship Tour with Big Daddy Weave and Exit East. The tour hits such cities as Birmingham, AL; Jackson, MS; Detroit, MI; Springfield, MO and others. Preparing to launch his highly anticipated sophomore album later this spring, Agnew’s Grace Like Rain continues to garner national applause through solid sales and airplay. (from Hoganson Media)

TVU present Flicker Rocks Harder: The Videos hits stores on March 1st. This is Flicker's first DVD compilation and includes all of the videos from this last year including Pillar's "Bring Me Down," "Phoenix With a Heartache" from Kids In The Way, and videos by Staple, Mortal Treason, Everyday Sunday and subseven. Bonus footage includes an exclusive Kids In The Way concert at the TVU studios. (from Flicker Records)

*Wednesday, January 19th, 2005*


Sanctus Real
Sparrow Rock band Sanctus Real “fights the tide” and found it flowing their way in 2004. The year brought a series of firsts for the members and found them on top of the yearend best of lists as they launched their second headline tour Jan. 14 in support of their best-selling, critically acclaimed sophomore album, Fight The Tide. For the first time, R & R named Sanctus Real the Most Played Rock radio artist of 2004. The band’s current top 15 CHR single, “Things Like You,” continues to climb the charts as the new Rock single, “Alone,” landed at No. 3 last week. Congrats guys! (from Hoganson Media)

Up from the pending rubble of the Supertones, guitarist Ethan Luck has started his own band now that the Tones will be hanging up their instruments this year. My Red Hot Nightmare is a new punk rock act that pulls influences all over the map from the likes of The Clash, Ramones, The Living End, RFTC, Johnny Cash, Face to Face, Decendents, and the like. Those interested can hear three demos the band has put together at their PureVolume.com page (http://www.purevolume.com/myredhotnightmare) or check out their official site still in development at www.myredhotnightmare.com. (Thanks to Blake S. for the news)

East West
East West recently took a trip back over to Europe in December to play Christmas Rock Night and Winter Wonder Rock Festivals! The guys seem to be fitting in very well over there and tend to do more than their share of media interviews, meet and greets… the people like them! Right when they got home, they hopped right in the studio to start pre-production on their next album ­ which is currently untitled. Rumor has it they are working with both of their old producers so fans should be getting the best of both albums. (from Floodgate Records)

Staple
Hard rock band Staple is keeping busy these days. "Coming up soon is "The Cities Will Fall" tour with Disciple," announced the band yesterday on their official site. "We are really looking forward this month long run with this band. Also, this spring will be the "Everything Is Burning" tour with Spoken, Kids In The Way and Subseven. It's a privelege to be on tour with such great bands. Keep checking back to the site for new show postings. After touring we head into the studio for our sophomore release with legendary producer Sylvia Massie (Tool, System Of A Down, Showbread) in the month of May. We are very excited about the new material and the new album." Sounds good to us! We'll keep you posted. (from staplemusic.com)

Congratulations to Dan Cole, singer of Floodgate Records' Forever Changed, who got married to the lovely Lindsey Reed on December 18 in Tallahassee, FL. The two met three years ago through mutual friends and the rest is history. The whole band was able to be the wedding party. Visit FloodgateRecords.com now for pics! The band's full-length debut The Need to Feel Alive drops this Spring. (from Floodgate Records)

*Tuesday, January 18th, 2005*


Relient K
Relient K has announced an impressive run of tour dates headlining venues from 1000-3000 in capacity, marking the first extensive outing in support of the band’s newly released fourth album Mmhmm. The itinerary, set to begin in early February, will see the Canton, Ohio-based group venturing from Florida to California on what will be only their third tour as headliners. The pop punk trio averages 150-200 live dates annually. Mmhmm debuted on November 2nd, 2004 at #15 on the Billboard 200 album chart, and has to date sold over 200,000. The debut sales numbers effectively doubled those set in 2003 by the debut of Relient K’s Billboard Top 40 third album, Two Lefts Don’t Make A Right…But Three Do. The Mmhmm release was further highlighted by a #1 debut on Billboard’s Internet album chart. The band remains one of the most popular artists on the heavily trafficked purevolume.com (see www.purevolume.com/relientk), where they recently passed the rare 1 million plays threshold. You pick up Mmhmm right now in the JfH Music Store! (from LB Public Relations)

David Crowder Band
David Crowder Band offers a brand new twist on songs from its No. 1 selling, critically acclaimed recording, Illuminate. Releasing Feb. 15, Sunsets & Sushi – Experiments In Spectral Deconstruction “deconstructs” songs from the Illuminate album and puts them back together again with a completely different, ambient-feeling musical interpretation. Highlighting the band’s introspective lyrical depth and creativity, this release offers never before released remixed versions of radio hits and concert favorites, including “Open Skies,” “O Praise Him (All This For A King)” and more. “This project was an amazing experience,” says David Crowder about the band’s first remix recording. “It's a rare opportunity to view one's songs through another's lens.” “David's music has always had an electronic element to it, probably more so than most worship artists,” adds Brad O’Donnell, EMI CMG A & R director. “This record takes that side of what he does and shines a spotlight on it. Instead of going the more traditional route of a DJ or ‘dance’ remix record, I feel like David was able to create an entirely new, ambient mood with these textures, more in line with electronic records like the Postal Service or the Garden State Soundtrack. And yet, the great songs from Illuminate that people love so much are still intact and able to shine through.” Continuing the experimentation with Propellerhead’s Reason software (distributed by M-Audio in the U.S.), several of the tracks on Sunsets & Sushi were created using this popular software. Crowder’s Illuminate became the first Christian artist’s CD to include a free trial version of Reason. (from Hoganson Media)

Lifehouse
Lifehouse will be coming out with a new self-titled album on March 29, 2005! The first single to hit radio is "You And Me." The digital download for "You And Me" will be available at all the major services including iTunes, Napster, MusicMatch and Real January 25, 2005. Be sure to check out the "Downloads" section at Lifehousemusic.com to hear 3 new songs in production. (from Lifehousemusic.com)

INO Records has kicked off 2005 in a big way, launching a new active rock imprint with a key industry veteran, Steve Ford. The yet-to-be-named imprint, an active rock focused label, will be headed by Ford who will announce further staff additions and artist signings soon. Having run the marketing departments at Star Song Records and Myrrh Records, owning his own marketing and consulting firm, and most recently serving as General Manager at Inpop, Ford brings a great diversity of experience and talent to his position as Vice President/General Manager of this new imprint. The imprint was the brain-child of INO Records' president, Jeff Moseley, who sees the incredible growth pattern of the genre in the mainstream as well as in Christian music industries. "I am very excited to be working with Jeff again,” comments Ford. “When Jeff cast the vision for the new label and told me of the opportunities, I very much wanted to be involved. I resonate with the vision of the label impacting today's culture with music that is excellent, relevant and important. I look forward to partnering with the team at INO to take artists who may be a little outside of the box and exposing them to a bigger audience." "This active rock niche has been served well by a small number of labels but still the genre has been underserved,” remarked Moseley. “There are opportunities for growth and impact that cannot be ignored. I want to have a voice in this community, to speak into the artistry, help cast the vision and build awareness. This is the right time to expand into this arena - with our continued relationship with Epic Records and having an executive the caliber of Steve Ford come available." Partnering with Epic Records, the label will have distribution both in the mainstream and CBA markets, and are looking to release their first project in the spring of 2005, and anticipate about 3-4 releases in their first year. (from The M Collective)

Avalon
Avalon will be working on a new record that will release later this year. Vocalist Janna Long announced in a recent update on the band's official site their potential plans for some overseas touring and the anticipation and excitement the quartet is sharing for Jody McBrayer's new child due for arrival sometime in May. Congrats Jody! (from avalonlive.com)

For the first time since it's debut on television, the JfH has reason to take interest in American Idol. We're proud to announce that our good friend Ian Holmes is contestant on this season's American Idol! Ian is gifted Black Gospel vocalist and we encourage everyone to offer him your support. The show debuts on Fox at 8pm on Tuesday & Wednesday this week [January 18th & 19th] and will continue until about May/June of this year. Be sure to watch and wish him well!

*Thursday, January 13th, 2005*


Switchfoot
The Billboard 200 sales chart posted Switchfoot sales figures on this illusive chart for nearly two years, 93 weeks total this week. Billboard also named the band the No. 1 Top Christian Artist and The Beautiful Letdown as the No. 1 Top Christian Album. It further listed Switchfoot’s "Meant To Live" at No. 18 on its end of year Hot Mainstream Top 40 Tracks chart. The band also grabbed the No. 1 spot this week with “This Is Your Life” on multiple Christian CHR charts, including R & R, CRW and PDAdvisor. Furthermore, inside sources have informed us that The Beautiful Letdown is officially double-platinum, marking 2 million copies sold! Congrats guys! Their follow-up to The Beautiful Letdown is set for a July, 2005 release... (from Hoganson Media & EMI CMG)

Skillet
Ardent/Lava Grammy-nominated rock band Skillet announced yesterday their efforts to gather funds for the newly organized "Music For Relief" effort in order to futher aid the Tsunami victims in Southeast Asia. In response to the massive appeal for aid in the earthquake and tsunami stricken areas of Southeast Asia, Music For Relief was formed shortly after the disaster by concerned musicians to provide emergency funds for quake and tsunami victims. The organization has made an appeal to musicians and fans to contribute to the fund. "Since the disaster we've been asking ourselves as a band, 'What can we do?'" commented Skillet lead singer John Cooper. "We've all seen the footage on the news and the despair and loss is unimaginable. With that in mind we will be encouraging our fans to support this massive need by donating any amount of money they can to Music For Relief, so we can join in one of many efforts being made worldwide to help." Skillet's COLLIDE tour, which also features Seventh Day Slumber and Kids In the Way, kicked off last week to packed houses in Toledo, OH., Dayton, OH., and Peoria,IL. For the remaining 25+ shows, Skillet will work with local promoters and volunteers from the local Red Cross chapters to come out to concerts and set up a donation table, as Cooper makes a challenge for relief during the shows. In markets where Red Cross chapters are unavailable, Skillet will pass out flyers and pass laong phone numbers and web address where fans can give donations. (from The M Collective)

Further Seems Forever
Further Seems Forever will be playing the Bamboozle festival scheduled for April 29, April 30 and May 1 this year at the Convention Hall Complex in Asbury Park, NJ. If this isn't enough, this show will feature the REUNION of the original lineup of Further Seems Forever, featuring Chris Carrabba (now commonly known for his work as Dashboard Confessional) and Nick Dominguez! Tickets can be purchased by clicking here... (from furtherseemsforever.com)

Bleach
Bleach's Milam Byers has posted an update on the band's new album on their official site, as well as news on each member's current jobs... "Happy New Year! We have finally completed our final record. The release date is March 1. Mark it in your calenders, save your money now! We have actually been finished recording for a couple of months now but just got all the mixing and mastering completed for your listening pleasure. And, to squelch any rumors...this new record is all new and original material. This is not a "Best of..." or a remake of old tunes. New and fresh! I think it is our finest work, I still listen to it on a daily basis... I hope that we will be able to put up some mp3's very soon. You can judge for yourselves. I think we have just sold the bleach van, part of history is now out of our hands! It's a blessing for us to unload that, we certainly don't need it anymore. All the guys are staying busy. Sam is booking shows for Rocketown, I'm a booking agent at Alabaster Arts, Jared's been busy traveling to distant lands, Davy still designs artwork like a madman and Jerry is still in the audio/video line of work in Dallas. Jared and I will be playing a show in LA soon with a solo artist named Danielle Kalil. Not a full-time job for either one of us but its always fun to get out and play guitar. Thats all for now. March 1-don't forget it! Milam" You can preorder the new album, entitled Farewell Old Friends at the JfH Music Store now for just $11.77! (from Bleached.com)

Todd Agnew
Ardent Records signature-voiced male vocalist, Todd Agnew, recently exceeded 150,000 in sales with his critically acclaimed 2003 national debut, Grace Like Rain. John Fry, President, Ardent Records comments, “Todd continues to be used by God in amazing ways. The integrity of his ministry and the authenticity of his music are unique and inspiring. He is truly deserving of the continued acceptance and recognition that the public and the industry have bestowed.” Recently headlining World Vision’s “In the Name of Love Tour” and traversing the nation as a special guest on the Newsboys and Rebecca St. James “Adoration Tour,” on February 3, Agnew will launch the "Absolute Modern Worship Tour" with Big Daddy Weave and Exit East. The tour hits such cities as Birmingham, AL; Jackson, MS; Detroit, MI; Springfield, MO and others. Preparing to launch his highly anticipated sophomore album later this spring, Agnew’s Grace Like Rain continues to garner national applause through solid sales and airplay. (from Hoganson Media)

Steve Green
Dove award-winning Steve Green announces the release of his 25th studio project, Somewhere Between, available on Sparrow Records February 15, 2005. More than two years in the making, Somewhere Between presents an introspective and artistic path toward the universal question to God, “Where are You?” making this a project that has become Green’s most expressive and revealing work in Green’s 21-year career. Produced by Greg Nelson, including contributions from Brian D. Sewer, Bernie Herms and Ron Huff, Somewhere Between offers echoes of Andrea Bocelli’s modern classical sound, the theatrical pop overtones of Josh Groban and Steve Green’s incomparable vocal gift in its rawest form. “Part of the excitement about this project is that I’m trying something different,” the Grammy-nominated artist says. “Lyrically, it’s an expression of hope and longing—in the most honest language I can offer—through the difficulties and hardships of life. I’ve covered a lot of information over the last 24 albums, the nature of which has been largely a declaration of objective truth. But this project asks questions.” Somewhere Between centers on where we live between the beauty and the tears. (from The M Collective)

*Tuesday, January 11th, 2005*


MercyMe
INO Records is celebrating their third MercyMe record to receive RIAA Gold certification, as the band’s latest project, Undone garnered such just prior to the Christmas holiday. In addition, INO is one of the first record labels in the Christian industry to offer the DualDisc through their partnership with Sony Music, a new advanced format of music and video combined on one disc. As part of this initial launch, Sony/BMG’s DualDisc releases will include David Bowie, Destiny’s Child, Good Charlotte, Usher and Incubus, to name a few. MercyMe, who once again closed 2004 on another high note will be one of the first Christian artists to release on this format in the CBA market and general market, re-releasing two CD’s, Almost There and Undone, the first quarter of 2005. The DualDisc combines music, video and other features on a single, two-sided disc that plays on existing CD and DVD players. MercyMe's DualDiscs will include the full album on the CD side, while the DVD side will feature the full album again in high-quality surround sound, plus live concert footage, behind the scenes material, band interviews, music videos, web links and more. “We are excited to celebrate with MercyMe once again, and to be one of the first to introduce the DualDisc to the CBA market,” comments INO Records president Jeff Moseley. “We believe this format holds great promise for the consumer and is one of the many synergies that will be forthcoming from the Epic/INO/Integrity relationship.” According to a recent article in The Chicago Tribune, the DualDisc touches upon demand for an advanced product that connects the consumer with a CD experience taking them beyond the music. The cost of the DualDisc is $18.98. (from The M Collective)

Tait
Waterfront Records announces today that 2005 GRAMMY-nominated Tait frontman, Michael Tait completed his recording of the world-renowned hymn, “How Great Thou Art,” for the Bridges: Classic Hymns, Modern Worship recording which releases Feb. 1. The song will also be the first radio single serviced from the project this January. “Nothing stirs my heart more than the classic hymns of our faith and ‘How Great Thou Art’ is one of my favorites,” says Tait.“ I’ve sung this song all my life, but this new arrangement will make these classic lyrics exciting to a new generation.” “I am truly blown away by the way ‘How Great Thou Art sounds.’ Tait’s voice fit perfectly in with the song and I walked away blessed and moved by the whole experience,” adds Bridges’ executive producer, Marc Byrd ("God of Wonders," City On A Hill). Hugh Robertson, founder of Waterfront Records, notes, “Responding to a need voiced by church music ministers and worship leaders for music that bridges the foundational theology of our greatest hymns with a modern musical approach, we put together some of today’s most popular modern worship artists to create a new resource for the church.” (from Hoganson Media)

Ashton, Dente, Tumes
Susan Ashton, Christine Dente (Out of the Grey), and Michelle Tumes -three of the most distinct and engaging female artists in the recent history of Christian music-sing together on an all-new project, Lost In Wonder: Voices Of Worship, in stores March 1, 2005, from Sparrow Records. Recorded in Nashville by British producer John Hartley, Lost In Wonder features unique renditions of popular worship songs including "Beautiful One," "Here I Am To Worship," "Once Again," and "In Christ Alone." A special event indeed, longtime favorites Ashton and Dente have not collaborated since their best-selling 1994 release, Along The Road (with Margaret Becker). Tumes, whose soothing, ethereal pop voice has carried three hit solo albums, adds a fresh dynamic to the trio. Look for Lost In Wonder: Voices Of Worship, featuring Susan Ashton, Christine Dente, and Michelle Tumes, in stores everywhere March 1, 2005. (from Sparrow Records)

Falling Up
Currently, Falling Up is finishing up a brand new track that will be featured on the upcoming X-2005 disc. The album will also include songs from TFK, Pillar, Toby Mac, Relient K, Seventh Day Slumber, Hawk Nelson, Switchfoot, KJ-52 and more and is scheduled for release on March 29th, 2005. Taking advantage of some down time this past Christmas, the boys have already begun writing for their sophomore record. The band will re-enter the studio with famed producer Aaron Sprinkle in April. No doubt, Sprinkle will contribute the artistic innovation that helped make Crashings such a smash. This spring they will join the upcoming X-2005 Tour, which kicks off February 16 and runs until March 20th and will also feature labelmates Hawk Nelson, Seventh Day Slumber, and KJ-52. You can catch them currently on their first headlining run called “The Little Green Tour” with openers Subseven.

Passion
The four-day Passion ’05 conference came to a close Wednesday afternoon in downtown Nashville. Mobilizing students to reach the world and its people groups and challenging them to live out the 268 Declaration was the focus of Passion ’05. Passion founder Louie Giglio told students that the message of Passion was not done. “What city is Passion heading to next?” Giglio asked the 11,000-plus students attending Passion ‘05. “Passion is going wherever you are. We are going to the whole world today because when you leave this building that’s where you’re headed. It’s not about whether God’s coming to you; it’s the fullness of God going in you wherever you go.” Encouraging students to seek their role in the bigger story of God, students were given the opportunity to learn about 52 mission organizations in the Mobilization area in the conference’s Go Center, as well as obtain valuable ministry tools in the Resource center. Students also participated in Community/Family Groups, General/Breakout Sessions, the 24-hour Prayer room and Graffiti room. They further had the opportunity to offer monies to help take what they experienced at Passion ’05 to the world; a significant portion of these monies became designated to help tsunami relief efforts in Sri Lanka. "I hope there is no measure of how Passion '05 will affect my own life,” says Lane Wood, a Passion ’05 attendee and recent graduate of Middle Tennessee State University. “As I walk away from the event and begin the process of living out the truth God has taught me, I know that the words of the main speakers will frequent my thoughts and the snapshots of the thousands of excited young adults in that arena will be an encouragement to me for the months to come. I pray in the same way that the ripples of this conference will be far reaching and deeply penetrating into Nashville, this nation, to the tsunami victims in Southeast Asia, and to every people group around the world." New songs performed at the conference by artist-worshippers Chris Tomlin, David Crowder Band, Charlie Hall and Redman will be available on Songs of Passion ’05 tentatively scheduled to release in April. An EP, Sounds of Passion’05 bundle, will also be made available on iTunes on Tuesday, January 25 and will contain two songs, as well as one of the main session discussions. During the last general session, Louie Giglio also announced that Passion ’06 is scheduled for early January 2006 at the Gaylord Entertainment Center and in various venues surrounding downtown Nashville. More information on these gatherings will be available soon at www.268generation.com. (from Hoganson Media)

The TobyMac attack has not stopped since the release of Welcome To Diverse City in October 2004. With scans already reaching 175,000, sales for the new project are trending 84% ahead of his previous GRAMMY-nominated release, Momentum, which is near RIAA Gold certification. (from The M Collective)

delirious
Delirious? is once again back in the studio -- and this time, they're taking you with them! Delirious has just posted a brand new live web cam in their studio! "Log on, tune up and don't forget to close the door quietly on your way out," the band's official site announced today. "Delirious are back in the studio and for once, they're letting you join them. Some would call it an attempt at breaking into Hollywood, others would consider it evidence that someone's just figured out how to use a webcam, but, either way, it's fly-on-the-wall time with absolutely zero chance of getting swatted. For the duration of the week of January 10th the band will be tucking into some brand new material. Who knows how it will end up - who knows how many fresh fruit and herbal breaks they'll take - but hey, that's rock n roll." For a peek at the webcam, visit http://www.delirious.co.uk/experience/webcam.html (from Delirious?)

Rock N Roll Worship Circus
"Last May, the Rock N Roll Worship Circus hit the studio for their most compelling project to date, The Listening EP. "Now its time for more! Starting Janurary 17th, the Circus hits the studio again, recording songs for The Listening full-length album! Only this time, it's gonna get crazy. Songs like "Isaiah," "Triple Fascination," and "Glory of the Feared" are just a few of the newbies that the boys have been showing to audiences everywhere this Winter. Word on the street is that this batch of songs is unlike anything we've ever experienced before. Be in prayer for them... They get pretty gone after that many days without sleep..." (from WorshipCircus.com)

Denison Marrs
Floodgate Records artist Denison Marrs next single “Disappear” have been chosen as the iTunes Discovery Download of the week for January 11. “Disappear” will be featured on the main Inspirational page of the iTunes site for the entire week, and will be a free download. “This is a great opportunity to get the word out about Denison Marrs,” states Tim Taber, president of Floodgate Records, “We are thrilled that iTunes has chosen “Disappear” to be a part of this amazing program. iTunes expects 30,000-50,000 people to take advantage of the free download. This is exactly what we need for a band who makes great art, but hasn’t been exposed to the average Christian music fan.” In October of 2004, Denison Marrs released their self-titled third album on Floodgate Records, which includes the featured song. The Orlando-based band will be touring heavily this spring and summer to support this new release. “Disappear” will be released to rock and CHR radio formats January 28, 2005. (from Biscuit PR)

Superchick
Superchick's Matt Daly offered an update on the band's much delayed fortcoming record Beauty From Pain on Superchickonline.com last week... "This record is officially almost done! We are finishin' recording tomorrow and it gets mixed on the 10th of January. I'm so pumped about this record. It is going to be the biggest one yet. Our first single, "Pure," hits radio this week so I want all of you to call your local station every hour and request it. If you haven't heard it yet, you are in for a treat!! We are soon going to be headlining a tour with Paul Wright in the spring and going out with Josh McDowell in April. We are working on doing a few dates in England in May and then we'll be hitting the festivals pretty hard. You have got to come see us if we are by you, 'cause our live show is really slammin' right now. Well, hope all is well and remember that the decisions you make effect not only you but the people around you, especially the ones that love you. Matt" (from Superchickonline.com)

SCC
On Monday 24th, January 2005, EMI Music Australia will release 2 hot new Christian albums to the mainstream market. Available from all good music stores around Australia, the Christian compilation album WOW 2005 will be released in a 2 CD pack. Featuring touring artists: Third Day, Audio Adrenaline, Day Of Fire, and Shawn McDonald (see SonFest.com for more information on their Australian performances). Other artists include Darlene Zschech, The Newsboys, Steven Curtis Chapman, Jars Of Clay, MercyMe, Avalon, tobyMac, Rachael Lampa, Jeremy Camp, Jaci Velasquez, and more. Steven Curtis Chapman's new album All Things New will also be released on the same day. In 2003 EMI Australia released All About Love, and now in 2005 the new album is looking to achieve similar success. The album has received a 2005 Grammy nomination for Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album, while the title track "All Things New" has just spent 2 weeks at #1 on the Australian Christian radio airplay chart. This is Steven's 14th album. Both albums will be available through The Music Shop, HMV, Sanity, JB HI FI, Leading Edge Music, and all good music stores around the country - if it's not on the shelf, ask them to get it in for you! (from Sparrow Records)

Last Tuesday (www.lasttuesday.com) has signed with Mono Vs Stereo Records. In two weeks, the band is going into the studio to record their first full length with Co-Producers Matt Theissen (singer of Relient K) and Joe Marlett (Blink 182, Queens of The Stone Age, Denver Harbor) for an early Spring release. (from Last Tuesday)

*Thursday, January 6th, 2005*


Passion
Passion ’05 kicked off with more than 11,000 energetic and ready college-age students in attendance at the Gaylord Entertainment Center (GEC) in downtown Nashville on Sunday, January 2nd. Students descended en masse on the arena well before the doors opened, quickly filling any available sidewalk space. Day passes to the gathering for college-age people 18-26 are available at the GEC at the main entrance registration area. Day two of Passion ’05 began with the more than 11,000 students breaking out into Community Groups meeting in various venues around downtown Nashville. To make the overall Passion experience more meaningful, conference leaders created 14 Community Groups to allow students to unpack what they learn during the week in small group environments. “The Mobilization area is right smack in the middle of everything so you can just walk through there and see what God’s heart is for all peoples,” said Passion founder Louie Giglio. “We’re not putting missions in a back room somewhere as an ancillary elective to the Christian life. But we’re putting Mobilization front and center because we believe everyone is called to God’s global purpose. It’s designed not so that you have to go booth to booth and put stuff in a bag; it’s designed to have conversations with people who know about opportunities around the world that can connect students with what God is doing.” Throughout General Sessions, Passion told the story of taking the Passion Experience to college students in Boston and New York, and Giglio offered another opportunity for students to share globally. “We want to target cities where people wouldn’t normally go to do something like the ‘Passion Experience’ tour. We feel God telling us that it’s time to launch out and take Passion to the world.” Students also had the opportunity during the evening’s General Session to offer monies to help take what they experienced at Passion ’05 to the world, with a significant portion of these monies designated to help tsunami relief efforts in Sri Lanka. Evangelical churches in the area will receive the money collected for relief and ministry operations. David Crowder Band opened the morning General Session in worship and as John Piper finished the morning’s message, Chris Tomlin was joined by Steven Curtis Chapman to share Chapman’s song “Much of You,” inspired by Piper’s Don’t Waste Your Life. Students also heard from Commander Christopher Plekenpol, who is currently serving in Iraq. A believer in the message of Passion, Commander Plekenpol joined Passion ’05 via satellite and shared his experience and prayer requests. Commander Plekenpol and Passion ’05 attendees were able to pray for each other during the satellite feed. The final evening of Passion ’05 began with Charlie Hall in worship and flowed into Giglio’s instruction to attendees to “stop sinning and believing the lie that anything is better than Jesus. You are free from the ball and chain. There is therefore now no condemnation. You think you have to carry your shame all the way to the grave but you don’t—it’s already been nailed to the cross of Christ.” As the General Session moved into Community Groups, Giglio asked students to return to the arena afterward in complete silence for a special Late Nite Session—a time of reflection and worship with David Crowder Band, Chris Tomlin and Shane and Shane. (from Hoganson Media)

Subseven
Flicker Records’ newest signing subseven offers up its first full-length label project, Free To Conquer, March 15. The record will receive comprehensive exposure via radio, video, and a West Coast tour launching later this month. The band’s merging of emotive lyrics and a hardcore, edgy sound is particularly evident on its latest, self-penned album. Produced at Nashville’s West Main Studios by Nathan Danzler (Tree63, Kids In The Way, Staple) and Sam Shifley (Kids In The Way, Staple, Mortal Treason), Free to Conquer contains 10 tracks that range sonically from straight-up rock ‘n roll to intense metal tunes. Its catchy hooks and contagious melodies are grounded in a message of hope. “We’re not trying to do anything in our music other than present what we’ve learned and continue to learn as Christians. Christ is real; He’s alive, and He’s present in whatever we do,” comments subseven drummer Clint McManaman. “Free to Conquer communicates that message through 10 songs that we’re all really happy with and ready to get out to the public.” In support of Free to Conquer, the record’s title track will be serviced to Rock radio early January. subseven will also film a music video for the title track, “Free To Conquer,” to be produced and directed by Todd Strauss-Schulson. Strauss-Schulson, an independent film maker, is credited with videos for such notables as The Early November (Drive Thru Records), Amen (Columbia Records) and Big Dismal (Wind-Up Records). Its third major tour in less than a year, subseven will debut music from Free to Conquer on the road with BEC Recordings’ latest alternative rock band Falling Up. Beginning Jan.19, “The Little Green Tour” will visit venues primarily in Washington, Oregon, Nevada, southern California, and Arizona through early February. A complete tour itinerary is available online at www.flickerrecords.com. (from Savvy Media)

FiF
According to a post on the Roper message board on Sunday, former Five Iron Frenzy vocalist Reese Roper has shed some light on the rumored final DVD project from Five Iron... "We're about halfway through with logging all of the hundreds of videotapes we have onto a hard drive so that we can edit the final DVD," wrote Reese. "I am positive that it will be well over two hours of material (probably 4-6 hours), and will have the following videos: 'A Flowery Song,' 'Handbook for the Sellout,' 'All That is Good,' 'Farsighted,' and 'Wizard Needs Food Badly.' It's some funny stuff so far. SO, I am thinking that we will have it out in time for the summer festivals, and it will most likely be available online, and at the Roper shows. I hope you hate it." We'll keep you posted on any developments with this project! (from Roperisdumb.com Forum)

Skillet
Skillet's roster's about to grow once again... sort of. "We have just found out that Korey is pregnant again!!!!" gushed lead vocalist John Cooper in the band's most recent newsletter. "It looks like Korey is about 9 weeks along and the baby will be here around July 25. We are still playing some festivals and shows this summer, but Korey may not be with us. Also, just to avoid answering a bunch of emails, we are not going to stop playing because of our family getting bigger! We are planning on touring and recording some time this year. The rock must go on..." Great news! Congrats to the Coopers! (from Skillet)

Speaking of babies, congratulations to Audio Adrenaline drummer Ben Cissell and his wife Rhondi who are expecting a baby boy soon! Rhondi has just seven and a half weeks to go and the couple is really excited about their first child! Keep the Cissell's in prayer for a blessed delivery. (from Audio Adrenaline)

Elms
The Elms rang in 2005 at a New Jersey show, with family and friends on hand... The band also performed a stripped-down one hour show in eastern Pennsylvania on January 1 for a couple hundred enthused fans. The January 1 set included the first-ever live interpretation of the six-minute tribute to small-town life, "The Towers & The Trains." The song has been recorded for The Elms' upcoming new album, and is sure to become a highlight at the band's 2005 shows. The Elms have resumed work on their new album, and, as reported earlier, plan to record at least 5 more songs for consideration on the album's final tracklisting. Currently, 14 songs have been recorded. (from TheElms.net)

KJ-52
Behind The Musik, KJ-52's third album for BEC Recordings/Uprok Records, is truly KJ's most personal work to date. Featuring a wide array of new collaborators, including Jon Micah Sumrall of Kutless, Jeremy Camp and Rebecca St. James, this album is sure to turn more than a few new heads KJ's way. Hear songs from the new album at this album website You can Pre-Order the record right now in the Jesusfreakhideout.com Music Store for a special deal for a limited time only. When you order the new KJ-52 album, Behind The Musik, you will receive a free KJ-52 CD with your order! Click here!

RSJ
When last in the UK just this past May, the controversial Australian rocker Rebecca St. James caused a global media shock wave when, during an interview with a London based Reuters journalist, she was quoted as saying, ""I feel sorry for the image Britney Spears is portraying for young fans." It was a shot heard 'round the world as news sources from CNN in the U.S. to the news wires in New Delhi -- picked up the quote and the resounding response from Britney's camp. The opening volley of her new book SHE (the title is an acronymn for 'Safe, Healthy, Empowered') takes head-on the 'bible' of modern feminism--Betty Friedan's 'The Feminine Mystique,' often credited with birthing the movement in the '60's. St. James feels passionately that the 'feminism fall-out' has had profund negative impact on young women of her own age group and beyond. The singer is honest about her own temptations to succumb to the drum beat to be beautiful at all cost. “I’ve always struggled with my self-image. Being onstage where image counts only made matters worse. Compared to the glamorous women I saw in the media, I felt I fell short. Had it not been for the accountability I’ve had in my life, I could’ve been very susceptible to falling victim to eating disorders. Based on what I perceived as personal body flaws in myself I realized that no young woman is beyond abusing her body through excessive dieting, laxative abuse or binging and purging.” SHE also addresses challenges with sex, intimacy, feeling unprotected, emotional healing, establishing boundaries, and finding purpose in life. St. James thinks hers is a book that can make a difference. “One of the things that set SHE apart is that it addresses nine key areas in one book. Women today often don’t have time to read nine different self-help books, but they do have time to read one that’s isn’t heavy or a hard read, but yet does provide real hope, help, and encouragement.” Currently in Europe for a lightning round of concert dates in Switzerland, Norway, Germany, and Austria, as well as her UK visit, Rebecca St. James is following her trip to the continent with a well deserved month long rest in her native Australia. She'll return to the U.S. in February to begin studio work on her next album for EMI. While she's busy touring internationally, her album project Pray is receiving gold record certification this week in the U.S. (from Morning Star)

MxPx
MxPx has been asked to participate in a benefit show to raise money to fund Tsunami relief. On Wednesday January 12th, The Showbox, 107.7 The End, and the The Stranger will present a benefit for the Tsunami Relief Fund featuring The Presidents Of the United States Of America, MXPX and Smoosh. All proceeds go to Northwest Medical Teams (www.nwmedicalteams.org) and will be used to send medical volunteers and life-saving supplies to help people in Southern Asia. $15.00 advance and day of show at TicketsWest and all outlets. Doors at 7pm. All Ages. $30 will save a life, $30 ships $2225 worth of humanitarian aid, $25,000 sends a 4-7 person volunteer medical team for one month. Each team members carries $7000 worth of critical antibiotics and medical supplies to treat 10,000 persons. (from MxPx.com)

John Tesh and his family travel to India this Saturday, January 8th, to help with the relief efforts in south Asia. "I'm at a time in my life where I am looking to find ways to be of service by helping others," he says. The Tesh family will fly directly to India, then make their way over to Sri Lanka, spending a week with the thousands of people affected by the natural disaster. In tow will be Tesh's wife Connie Sellecca, 23-year old stepson Gib, and 10-year old daughter, Prima. Tesh goes to Asia as a representative of Operation Blessing, a non-profit organization that provides relief and development assistance to economically disadvantaged people and victims of disaster across the globe, providing food, clothing and medical supplies to those in need. Operation Blessing was one of the first relief groups on site after the disaster, as the organization already serves India and Indonesia regularly. Tesh adds, "We're going to not only to provide support and counsel to the victims, but to raise awareness for Operation Blessing." He and his family plan to report back to the States with relief updates and information. For more information on Operation Blessing, visit www.operationblessing.org. For more information on John Tesh go to www.tesh.com (from The M Collective)


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