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January, 2011
*Monday, January 31st, 2011*

Third Day
On Saturday, Jan. 22nd, Christian rock band Third Day took the stage on the beach in Vila Velha, Brazil during the 20th annual Jesus Vida Verao festival. The band played for a record-breaking crowd of 70,000 people, marking the largest turnout in the history of the festival. Brazilian Sony Music artist Marcus Salles joined Third Day on stage to sing the band’s songs “Cry Out to Jesus” and “Agnes Day,” with lead singer Mac Powell and Salles performing the megahits in Portuguese. The band plans to return to Brazil in summer 2011...
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*Friday, January 28th, 2011*

Newsboys
Award-winning band Newsboys have announced at the completion of headlining 2011's Winter Jam they will headline the "The Born Again Experience" tour. Presented by Compassion International, "The Born Again Experience" will hit 26 cities across the nation, kicking off the second week of April and running through May. Newsboys are already planning for a revolutionary and jaw-dropping set, and with the support of Compassion International, an exciting evening offering the message of "A Night For The City To Serve The City...
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Israel Houghton
Integrity Music’s GRAMMY Award-winning Israel Houghton announces the Love Revolution Tour, which will visit at least 20 cities in February and March. The tour will support Houghton’s critically acclaimed CD Love God. Love People, which is nominated for two GRAMMY Awards. After attending the GRAMMY Awards on Feb. 13 at Staples Center in Los Angeles (and live on CBS-TV)...
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Big Idea
Just in time for the launch of the Easter season, Big Idea Entertainment, the leading faith-based studio and producer of children’s and family programming, characters and brands, is pleased to announce the release of its all new worship recording, VeggieTales®: Hosanna! Today’s Top Worship Songs for Kids!, on March 5 and March 8, 2011 in Christian and general market stores everywhere. The CD will release in conjunction with the highly-anticipated VeggieTales: ‘Twas the Night Before Easter DVD, the first original Easter...
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Word Music Publishing announces the signing of GRAMMY nominated and Dove Award winning songwriter/producer Shaun Shankel. Shankel has written and produced music for some of the biggest selling artists in the Christian and Pop industry, selling over seven million albums and singles to date. In his career, Shankel has garnered 12 No. 1 hits and has had his songs in film, television and commercial campaigns and has been responsible for signing writers and artists such as Ben Glover and Joy Williams...
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*Thursday, January 27th, 2011*

Skillet
Currently down under for an Australasia tour, Atlantic/Ardent/INO rockers SKILLET have reached yet another career milestone as their digital singles from the RIAA Gold - certified 2009 release, AWAKE surpass 1.5 million digital downloads. The band is also celebrating their third consecutive mainstream Active Rock single with "Awake & Alive," and will trek across the U.S. this spring on the first annual mainstream Avalanche tour (more details...
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MercyMe
This year the Rock & Worship Roadshow, which launches this Friday in Cape Girardeau, MO, is giving fans a chance to be a part of the show by presenting a Battle of the Bands contest in select tour markets, which can be found here. To compete in The Battle of the Bands contest, listeners submit their music and youtube videos to their local radio station and the station narrows down contestants to a final three...
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Point Of Grace
WORD Entertainment and 25 LIVE are re-launching the Girls of Grace Conferences in partnership with OneVerse. Hosted by Word/Warner Bros. Records‘ reigning Inspirational Country Music Awards “Entertainer of the Year” and multi-platinum selling trio Point of Grace (Shelley Breen, Leigh Cappillino, Denise Jones), Girls of Grace is an exciting one-day event for teenage girls (ages 12 – 17) that focuses on common age-related issues with a positive Christian message. This teen conference will be presented nationwide, kicking off February 19...
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Brandon Heath
Dove-winning Male Vocalist of the Year, Brandon Heath debuts his highly-anticipated third studio release, Leaving Eden, at No. 1 this week on Billboard’s Top Current Contemporary Christian Chart, marking the Nashville artist’s first career opening at the top of the sales chart. Produced by Dan Muckala, the acclaimed 11-song project also held the No.1 position on iTunes Christian Albums chart, and lead single “Your Love” remains No. 1 at radio for a third week atop Billboard...
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*Wednesday, January 26th, 2011*

Red
Red, the Nashville-based hard rock outfit, has released a behind-the-scenes video for its fans (watch here). Filmed during the recording process of its February 1 release, Until We Have Faces, the video gives you a window into the band's studio and practice space to see how the album was made. Until We Have Faces' overarching theme is a search for true identity, inspired by a number of sources, including author C.S. Lewis' book of similar title...
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Esterlyn
Esterlyn is one of the latest CCM acts to enlist the fans' help for financial support. This time, instead of funding a new release, the band is asking fans to help enable them to take their families out on the road with them. Perks for pitching in include their new album, catalog of music, merch or even the chance to hit the road with them for a couple shows and name the bus! Check out the personal note from the guys below as well as the video above for more info. Then visit their Kickstarter page if you feel inclined to pitch in! "We have been touring full time for the past 5 years. We LOVE being able to travel...
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Hailing from Bangor, Northern Ireland, Rend Collective Experiment released its international debut Organic Family Hymnal to widespread critical acclaim. The band’s success began at home as a movement of 20-somethings that has now begun to spread across Europe to the Americas and beyond. Rhapsody named the band among the Top 5 Christian/Gospel artists to watch in 2011 as Gospel Music Channel named Organic Family Hymnal among the “Best Albums of 2010.” Catching the attention of modern worship icon Chris Tomlin, the band was invited to join him on his 30-city major market “And If Our God Is For Us…” tour that begins Feb. 15...
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A respected team of executives with a well established record in the Christian book industry has launched Worthy Publishing, a division of Nashville, TN-based Worthy Media, Inc. Byron Williamson, CEO and publisher, affirms “Worthy’s vision to partner with remarkable authors, investing our resources, creativity, and passion into their compelling ideas.” Williamson served as president of Word Publishing, the Thomas Nelson/Word Publishing Group, and founded Integrity Publishers...
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*Tuesday, January 25th, 2011*

Da T.R.U.T.H.
220 Entertainment Group and Xist Music recently announced a new joint-venture at the STAND: The Movie Preview Party event on Saturday, January 15 in Nashville, TN and at the 26th Annual Stellar Awards press event. The announcement also included the two new Xist Music signings of touted rappers, The Ambassador and Da’ T.R.U.T.H., who both performed at the event and an exclusive distribution agreement with 220 Entertainment...
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Luminate
Tyler, Texas-based pop/rock band Luminate releases its first full-length national debut, Come Home, today from Sparrow Records. Already receiving widespread acclaim, the band may best be described as passionate, stirring and worshipful as Luminate’s songs express hope and encourage listeners to seek the redemptive purpose of God in their lives...
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"Something In Your Eyes," the hot new single from the Rock Soul singer, songwriter, performer, Shonlock, has just entered the Billboard's Christian CHR Charts in the number two position. From his debut EP ­Where Never Begins, Shonlock is taking off like a rocket. Released on Tuesday, November 9th, Where Never Begins...
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Kickstarter.com, the world’s largest funding platform for creative projects, has named “Blue Like Jazz” the “Best In Show: Project of the Year” for 2010. The 30-day, fan-generated campaign raised $345,992 from 4,495 supporters in October of 2010 to save the making of the film based on the New York Times Bestseller from Donald Miller...
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Matt Kearney
Aware/Columbia Records singer/songwriter Mat Kearney is currently recording his third full-length studio album, Young Love and reported today on its progress... "Right now, I'm sitting on the studio couch here in Nashville as rain is drizzling outside. We have been listening to 4 measures of the same song, over and over, trying to...
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This just in from the Facedown Records folks..."We are beyond excited to finally announce this year's Facedown Fest line up and information! Facedown Fest 2011 will be held at The Glasshouse in Pomona, CA on April 8th and 9th. Night one will be headlined by War of Ages...
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Facedown Records has announced this afternoon the break-up of Call To Preserve... Call To Preserve have been a long time member of the Facedown Family, so it is sad for us to report that CTP have announced that they are in the final stages of touring and will soon be dissolving the band. Please read the band's official...
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McLaughlin Music Group International artist Seeking Shelter will be recording their new full-length record at Integrity Recording Studio in the band’s hometown of Mobile, AL, from Feb. 28 to March 6. Seeking Shelter is a band that longs to provide a relevant connection between a generation seeking shelter and a God who longs to provide it. They have opened for “Shane & Shane” and “Me in Motion...
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*Monday, January 24th, 2011*

Poema
Tooth & Nail Records’ sister duo Poema is setting out to help raise money for Exodus Cry, an organization devoted to raising awareness to help end Human Trafficking and Slavery. These young ladies are donating their personal items from their closet for “A Piece of Poema” charity event in conjunction with October Moon Boutique ( http://www.octobermoonboutique.com). “A Piece of Poema” begins February 1st - on National Freedom Day - running through the entire month...
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*Saturday, January 22nd, 2011*

Falling Up
Former Tooth & Nail rock band Falling Up are officially back! The band has exceeded their funding goal and have announced plans to enter the studio next month to record their sixth studio album, and first independent release, that is at this time untitled. Check out their announcement below as well as their 'thank-you' video above for more details... "Hey ladies and gents! First off I’d like to welcome you to the new website! As you can see it’s as plain as can be because we don’t have new album artwork to make it prettier yet. This is our portal that we’ll...
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*Friday, January 21st, 2011*

Brandon Heath
First-week sales and current radio airplay for Brandon Heath’s highly-anticipated third studio release, Leaving Eden, rally for street-week magic rarely captured as the project holds the No.1 position on the iTunes Christian Albums chart, and lead single “Your Love” takes the No. 1 spot at radio for a second week atop Billboard’s National Christian Audience, and AC Monitor and Indicator charts. The hit single also closes the AC radio panel...
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delirious
Former Delirious? frontman Martin Smith has penned a new book with the aid of Craig Borlase about his experiences with the acclaimed worship band. Titled "DELIRIOUS: My Journey with the Band, a Growing Family, and an Army of Historymakers," the book will release February 21, 2011. It's available now for preorder from UK-based PuraShop, which includes an autograph from Martin with each preorder. Check out the book description...
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Casting Crowns
Christian music’s GRAMMY, AMA and Dove Award-winning Artist of the Year, Casting Crowns is scheduled to perform its latest single “Glorious Day” on FOX News Channel’s “Huckabee” show this weekend, airing 8:00 p.m. ET on Saturday, Jan. 22, and re-airing 8:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, Jan. 23. The Governor also interviews lead singer and Pastor Mark Hall about the group’s dedication to student and family ministry in Atlanta and how this unique balance of careers inspires Casting Crowns...
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Bethel Live releases its all new, full-length recording Be Lifted High Feb. 15, 2011 on Kingsway as a special CD/DVD Digipak combo. Recorded live at Bethel Church in Redding, CA, the album features worship leaders Brian and Jenn Johnson, Jeremy Riddle, William Matthews, Amanda Falk and Steffany Frizzell. Be Lifted High picks up where Here Is Love (Nov. 2010) left off and is being distributed in the US through EMI CMG Distribution...
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*Thursday, January 20th, 2011*

Matthew West
After a successful launch in the fall of 2010, Matthew West is announcing the continuation of “The Story of Your Life” tour with opener Josh Wilson. “An Evening of Stories & Songs with Matthew West” provides an moving concert experience as West brings to life the very stories that inspired the songs on The Story of Your Life album. “What I want is to invite the audience, every single night, to embark on the journey of discovering the power in all of our stories...
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I Am Empire
I Am Empire is ready to release their Tooth & Nail Records' label debut, KINGS, next week amidst the buzz of being one of the most promising new signings. To usher in this anticipated release, the band is premiering the music video for “Brain Damage” on the label’s YouTube page today. Click here to see the video. In addition to the video premiere, I Am Empire is giving away a free download of the acoustic version of “Foxhole” on their Facebook page. With early reviews coming in, media outlets are digging this new release and band...
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Kristian Stanfill
After leading worship in front of over 22,000 devoted college students at Passion 2011 earlier this month, last week the newest member of sixstepsrecords, Kristian Stanfill released his sophomore album Mountains Move selling over 6,000 copies and charting at No. 3 on the Contemporary Christian SoundScan chart and No. 2 on the Current Christian/Gospel Digital Albums chart. Having introduced music listeners to Mountains Move back in September with his five song EP titled Day After Day...
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Maranatha! Music announces the upcoming release of Here With You from David M. Edwards, which is available online and in stores January 25, 2011. An award-winning songwriter, teacher, pastor and worshiper, Edwards shares his powerful, anointed new songs on his fourth solo album, giving all of the glory to God. "These songs are all about Him - they're not about me," Edwards said. "Pain and life teach us to worship and cling to God, so my songs come from personal experiences of joy and pain in my own life...
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*Wednesday, January 19th, 2011*

Mandisa
Two-time GRAMMY ® nominee and American Idol Season Five Finalist, Mandisa, will release her third studio album on April 5 titled What If We Were Real. Marked by its honesty and authenticity, What If We Were Real is a welcomed addition in the line up from Mandisa whose previous studio albums have conquered exploration of inner grace and personal emancipation. The 11 songs of joy, struggle, worship and redemption encourage shining the light on who we really are, including both the good and the bad...
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*Wednesday, January 19th, 2011*

Hillsong United
Traversing six continents of the world into 42 nations just since 2006 in a cross-cultural journey, best-selling modern worship band Hillsong UNITED returns to North America February/March 2011 for the 12-city major market “Aftermath” tour. The tour follows the Feb. 15, 2011 release of the band’s highly anticipated, 11th full-length album and second ever studio recording, AFTERMATH, on Sparrow Records. This is the first new recording from the band in the alliance announced last year with EMI Christian Music Group...
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*Tuesday, January 18th, 2011*

Josh Wilson
Today, Yahoo! Music is launching the world premiere of “I Refuse,” the brand new music video from Sparrow Records’ critically acclaimed singer/songwriter Josh Wilson. To view the full-length music video, click here. “I Refuse” is the first single released from Wilson’s upcoming project See You, available February 8. The song is currently climbing the radio charts currently in the...
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Abandon Kansas
Abandon Kansas is excited to release their full-length album for Gotee Records, Ad Astra Per Aspera (latin for "to the stars through difficulties") on March 8 at all digital outlets and tour stops, produced Mark Lee Townsend (Deas Vail, House of Heroes, Relient K). Check out a new song "Heaven Come My Way" at youtube.com/abandonkansas...
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Jamie Grace, a 19-year-old singer-songwriter who is appearing as part of Women of Faith’s popular “Revolve Tour,” has been signed by Gotee Records, helmed by Joey Elwood and multiple GRAMMY ® winner TobyMac. Gotee Records’ will launch Jamie Grace’s debut Hold Me e.p. digitally on February 22, with plans for a full project release in fall 2011. “Every couple of years, I get a true desire to find an artist and dig in to try to help them develop songs, find the right producers and introduce them to the world at large,” explains multi-platinum selling recording artist TobyMac. “Jamie Grace is a great fit for Gotee Records for a lot of reasons. She writes, sings and plays her own music...
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Passion
On January 1st, the city of Atlanta was flooded with more than 22, 000 college students as they filled the Philips Arena and the Georgia World Congress Center for Passion 2011. The sold out event featured talks from Passion founder and Pastor Louie Giglio along with other notable speakers and best-selling authors John Piper, Beth Moore, Andy Stanley and Francis Chan. The annual event kicked off with powerful worship led by Chris Tomlin, David Crowder*Band, Charlie Hall, Matt Redman, Christy Nockels and Kristian Stanfill, along with special guests Lecrae...
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*Monday, January 17th, 2011*

Nashville-based entertainment company Matrix Media Group will expand in 2011 to include a hip hop label as well as a new merchandising division. Currently home to Christian record label Transform Music Group, Matrix Media Group will launch Take Back Recordings as an imprint focused on signing and developing hip hop acts. Take Back’s first release will be an indie compilation intended to give national exposure to up-and-coming MCs...
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*Sunday, January 16th, 2011*

Blood & Ink Records is extremely pleased to announce we have started working on a vinyl pressing of Figure Four’s seminal hardcore album Suffering The Loss! Details are still coming together, but Blood & Ink plan to have the LP out in time for their planned reunion at Rain Fest 2011 in May, if not earlier. That’s right! They’ve announced plans to play Rain Fest in Seattle the last weekend of May alongside Trial, Madball, Most Precious Blood, and many more...
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*Friday, January 14th, 2011*

Matthew West
“One Last Christmas,” the emotional song from Matthew West derived from the story of young Leukemia patient Dax Locke, has helped to raise over $205,000 for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital in only one month. Funds were given through purchasing the song and music video, donating on www.matthewwest.com and through a benefit concert held on December 30 in the Locke’s hometown. The $205,000 will support the Locke Family’s effort to fund the hospital for one day in Dax’s honor which costs an estimated $1.6 million...
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Passion
In Atlanta, Georgia, last week (January 1-4), 22,000 students, leaders, and volunteers attending the first of two major Passion 2011 conferences, raised more than $1.1 million for local and global causes—nearly three times the stated goal. Speakers and worship leaders included Louie Giglio, Francis Chan, Beth Moore, John Piper, Chris Tomlin, and David Crowder*Band...
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Brandon Heath
On the heels of Brandon Heath’s highly-anticipated third album release, Leaving Eden, the project’s lead single “Your Love” hits No. 1 at radio this week atop Billboard’s National Christian Audience, and both AC Monitor and Indicator charts. This feat marks the Dove-winning Male Vocalist of the Year’s fourth career No. 1 radio single. Leaving Eden releases nationally on Tuesday, Jan. 18...
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*Thursday, January 13th, 2011*

Salvation Road Records has announced that iconic pop-rock band Blessid Union of Souls will release their latest album, The Mission Field, on March 1st, with distribution through SONY and Provident-Integrity Distribution. Blessid Union of Souls exploded onto the music scene in 1995 with the smash hit "I Believe," which hit #1 in the UK, Asia and the USA, where it became the 4th most played song of the year. The band's hits play like a soundtrack of the last two decades, thanks to numerous hit singles including "Hey Leonardo...
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Big Idea
Big Idea Entertainment, the leading faith-based studio and producer of children’s and family programming, characters and brands, announced today they will release their first new Easter holiday DVD in seven years, VeggieTales®: ‘Twas The Night Before Easter, on March 5 and March 8, 2011 in Christian and general market stores respectively. This brand new DVD features plenty of fun music as well as a new character—Cassie Cassava—voiced by American Idol top finalist Melinda Doolittle. Other memorable family-friendly content includes silly songs...
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*Wednesday, January 12th, 2011*

Hawk Nelson
Gearing up for the February 8th release, Crazy Love, Hawk Nelson celebrates another No. 1 CHR single with the title track “Crazy Love.” The debut radio single had a huge jump from No. 7 to No. 1 this week. This song has also moved into the Top 10 at Rock and No. 22 on the National Christian Audience chart. Such reception to this song is a positive indication of the forthcoming release on...
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Abandon Kansas
Abandon Kansas is excited to release their full-length album for Gotee Records, Ad Astra Per Aspera (latin for "to the stars through difficulties") on March 8 at all digital outlets and tour stops, produced Mark Lee Townsend (Deas Vail, House of Heroes, Relient K). “Our whole team couldn't be more excited to get Ad Astra Per Aspera into everyone's hands...
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*Tuesday, January 11th, 2011*

The Museum
As today marks Human Trafficking Awareness Day and January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, BEC Recordings’ The Museum is joining efforts to make strides to help end human trafficking. Starting February 9th, the “Not For Sale Freedom Tour" will kick-off featuring labelmate Rapture Ruckus and The Museum. The Museum has partnered with Not For Sale to provide a night woven together with music and education - a tour with a purpose...
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House Of Heroes
House of Heroes ended 2010 in style as one ‘AP Recommends’ in the December issue of Alternative Press and now the band glides into the new year and hits the road with Toby Mac and Brandon Heath on Winter Wonderslam 2011 with dates kicking off on January 14 in Tulsa, OK. The band’s latest release SUBURBA was deemed by HM as a “Radiant sparkle and layers on chain-gang vocals and multiple harmonies...
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Trusting God To Get You Through—Lessons I’ve Learned Through The Fire About Grace, Loss, and Love, the first book from GRAMMY® and Dove Award-winning recording artist Jason Crabb, is now available from Charisma House publishers. With a Foreword by gospel music pioneer Bill Gaither, Trusting God To Get You Through features lyrics from The Crabb Family signature song, “Through The Fire...
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Echoing Angels
Following the biggest radio tour of their career promoting their current single "Say What You Believe," Echoing Angels, the soulful rock band hailing from Atlanta, is set to release their next project, Echoing Angels. This self-titled effort, available digitally and physically March 22nd courtesy of eOne Entertainment, was produced by Calvin Turner (Marc Broussard, Jimmy Needham). And even brighter news is the Echoing Angels family grew a member. Bassist Josh LeBlanc and his wife...
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Aaron Gillespie's new single "We Were Made For You" is now available on iTunes! Check it out on iTunes here. The song is from Aaron's upcoming solo worship album, "Anthem Song," which will be out March 8, 2011.

Don't forget to catch Aaron on his solo acoustic tour as well. You can find all his upcoming dates, as well as all upcoming Almost dates, right here: http://www.myspace.com/thealmost...
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Facedown Records welcomes Gideon to the family. Tuscaloosa, Alabama's Gideon are a no holds barred, in-your-face hardcore band with an already impressive repertoire. Well-placed gang vocals and a powerful front man set Gideon apart from many of their peers, while the band as a whole, whose members have been playing together only since 2008, come off sounding like seasoned pros. Their Facedown debut Costs (engineered by Brian Hood) will be released on March 1, 2011 and will be supported by non stop touring including Facedown Fest in Pomona, CA...
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*Monday, January 10th, 2011*

Audrey Assad
2010 proved to be a glowing debut year for Sparrow Records’ Audrey Assad. Her freshman effort, The House You’re Building, was named Amazon.com’s “Best Christian Music of 2010” and iTunes ® Christian & Gospel “Breakthrough Album of the Year.” Amazon.com gave “Restless” the No. 8 position on the “Best Christian Songs of 2010” list. In addition...
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Sanctus Real
GRAMMY-nominated, Dove Award-winning Sanctus Real wrapped up 2010 as its most successful year as a band. The successes not only stemmed from the March 9, 2010 release of its fastest selling album to date, the GRAMMY-nominated and critically acclaimed fifth studio album, Pieces Of A Real Heart, but extended to the personal and spiritual lives of the band members themselves...
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Know Hope Collective, the ground-breaking initiative combining worship music with stories of hope and inspiration, has a new release date. Just announced from Integrity Music is that the project will now release March 1st. It was originally slated for a February 15th street date. After a three-year departure, Audio Adrenaline lead singer Mark Stuart and bassist Will McGinniss partnered with Integrity Music and were joined by some of their favorite emerging voices of worship to create the ten-track album, Know Hope Collective...
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Hillsong United
Best-selling modern worship band Hillsong UNITED offers its highly anticipated, 11th full-length album and second ever studio recording, AFTERMATH, Feb. 15, 2011 on Sparrow Records. Having its pulse consistently in tune with the heart cry of congregations across the globe and a fresh, forward-thinking soundtrack to match, Hillsong UNITED has been the veritable gold standard of modern worship music for the past decade and counting. The album follows a string of 2010 sold-out events in the US and around the world, and is its first new recording in the alliance announced last year with EMI Christian Music Group...
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*Friday, January 7th, 2011*

Singer/songwriter, blogger and recent YouTube phenomenon Carlos Whittaker was awarded the “Favorite Viral Video Star” Award at The People’s Choice Awards on Wednesday, January 5, 2011. Whittaker and his family were given a special segment on the live telecast, highlighting this unique award and the attention the family’s recent YouTube video segment has received...
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Michael W. Smith
Reunion Records’ flagship artist Michael W. Smith is not one to let rain, snow, sleet or the flipping of the calendar slow him down. Continuing the momentum brought about by the release of his 22nd album project Wonder, Smith’s early 2011 schedule finds him honoring the centennial birthday of a former president, lending a hand to the now year-long recovery of the island nation of Haiti, and hitting the road for a tour with a longtime friend...
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Israel Houghton
Integrity Music recording artists Israel Houghton and Jonathan Nelson will appear on the highly acclaimed, two-hour “Celebration of Gospel” special hosted by comedian Steve Harvey and slated to air Sunday, January 30 at 8pm EST on BET. Houghton and Nelson will share the stage with Gospel and mainstream greats including Mary Mary, Kirk Franklin...
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Casting Crowns
Christian music’s GRAMMY, AMA and Dove Award-winning Artist of the Year, Casting Crowns is scheduled to perform its new single “Glorious Day” on FOX News Channel’s “Huckabee” show this weekend, airing 8:00 p.m. ET on Saturday, Jan. 8. The Governor also interviews lead singer and Pastor Mark Hall about the group’s dedication to student and family ministry...
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Chris August
Fervent Records’ singer-songwriter Chris August will premiere the video for his new single, “7x70,” on Christian video-sharing site Godtube.com today, January 7th, 2011. Directed by Evan Kaufmann, the video will be featured on the site’s homepage all week. View it here...
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*Thursday, January 6th, 2011*

Francesca Battistelli
For Fervent Records’ GRAMMY-nominated artist and reigning Dove Awards Female Vocalist of the Year Francesca Battistelli, the New Year is bringing in all things ‘New’ with her fresh single “This Is The Stuff” hitting both the Christian radio airwaves and iTunes on January 11, 2011, her highly anticipated sophomore album Hundred More Years set for release on March 1 and a coveted slot on the 47-city “Winter Jam 2011 Tour Spectacular” that kicks off this week on January 7 in Chattanooga, TN...
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Aaron Shust
Centricity Music announced today that five-time Dove Award winning artist, Aaron Shust, has signed with the label. Shust’s first Centricity project is scheduled for an early summer release and he is currently writing new songs for the album. The first single is expected to ship to radio early this year. “I am thrilled to be working with a family like Centricity Music.,” says Shust. “Their commitment to spreading the good news of God's grace through their artists' music is refreshing...
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Kicking the New Year off with a bang, Tooth & Nail Records’ I Am Empire is debuting their song “To The Moon” on the homepage of Purevolume.com this week. Another I Am Empire song making waves is the current rock single “Brain Damage” climbing the charts at No. 6 this week. Both tracks are from the band’s label debut Kings releasing on January 25th. The album trailer was also launched today and it can be viewed here...
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Building429
A cadre of Christian music’s most dynamic young artists, led by former GMA New Artist of the Year Building 429, kicks off the new year with a bang and a purpose, heading out in mid-January for the Food For The Hungry Winter Blast 2011. The ten-city tour also features 33Miles, Jason Gray and newcomer Kerrie Roberts, and was born out of the band’s ongoing partnership with relief...
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Chris Sligh
The Winter Jam 2011 Tour Spectacular “American Bible Society Pre-jam Party” is all a flurry this year with special guests Fervent Recording artists Chris August and Sidewalk Prophets along with Word Records’ and American Idol Top 10 finalist Chris Sligh warming up the stage for Christian Music favorites Francesca Battistelli, KJ-52, Kutless, NewSong, RED, The David Crowder Band and Newsboys, plus speaker Tony Nolan. It’s a rock show where the stars just happen to be Christians. The 47-city nationwide tour kicks-off tomorrow, January 7th in Chattanooga, TN and will wrap April 3rd in Peoria, IL...
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In a recent email from The Glorious Unseen vocalist Ben Crist, the front man has revealed that the band's future is rather uncertain. Read on for an update on what Crist is up to... "Hey everyone – here’s just a quick update of what is happening in my life. Obviously, there’s a lot more to talk about than can simply be explained in a quick email like this – but I wanted to at least try to update you all on what is happening...
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Cool Hand Luke
Former Floodgate Records indie rock band Cool Hand Luke has been laying low over the past couple years, but vocalist/drummer Mark Nicks has been hard at work on a new, final album. Below is the latest news from Nicks about CHL... "I wanted to let you know that tracking for the new/final Cool Hand Luke record, "Of Man," is complete. It will be mixed and mastered soon. I'm still not sure exactly when the record will be released but it will...
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*Wednesday, January 5th, 2011*

Integrity Music announces the February 22 U.S. release of Level Ground, an innovative CD and DVD project from award-winning Canadian worship leader/songwriter Brian Doerksen. The Covenant, Juno and GMA International Award winner was inspired by a unique concept for Level Ground. Doerksen wanted to produce a live...
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*Tuesday, January 4th, 2011*

Jim Labriola, best known for his role as Benny Baroni on ABC’s hit comedy “Home Improvement,” has signed to Nashville-based label Transform Music Group. Labriola will release his latest comedy CD, Heart Improvement, in March. A favorite on the comedy club scene, guest star on multiple network sitcoms, and with motion picture appearances including Disney’s “The Santa Clause,” Labriola boasts a prolific career. In 1999...
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Longtime worship leader Ryan Romeo releases his second album, a pop-rock project titled the Everyone Shine EP, available now via select digital music outlets. The follow-up to Ryan Romeo Band’s January 2010 God of Our Fire EP, this latest project boasts guest production by Steven Tracy of The Myriad. The record also features driving rhythms, showcased on songs like album opener “Great God of Mystery,” coupled with infectious melodies as displayed on title track “Everyone Shine...
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*Monday, January 3rd, 2011*

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One of Christian music’s most recognized and beloved artists is opening the New Year with an exciting announcement: Rebecca St. James is engaged to be married! St. James will wed the man she’s been waiting for – Jacob Fink — on a date soon to be announced. The Christmas Day proposal came at Rebecca’s family farm in Franklin, Tennessee where she was presented the brilliant, solitaire diamond ring...
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