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January, 2012



*Tuesday, January 31, 2012*


Britt Nicole
Preceding the release of her long-awaited third studio album, Gold, GMA Dove Award nominee Britt Nicole has unveiled her new single, "All This Time," at radio, on iTunes and Amazon. Penned by Britt, along with fellow songwriters David Garcia and Ben Glover, the anthemic tune is Britt's salvation story in song form and is already making a big splash on the airwaves and among listeners. Following her highly successful sophomore album, The Lost Get Found, Gold will be available March 27 via Sparrow Records and finds Britt...
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Abandon
San Antonio-based Abandon releases its Control Expanded Edition today featuring the full Control album that released last spring from Forefront Records amidst widespread acclaim, as well as four songs newly remixed by members of celebrated bands Mute Math, David Crowder*Band, Family Force 5 and Paper Route. The Expanded Edition will be a digital only release and available on all major online retailer sites, including iTunes®, Amazon.com and more...
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toby
Time flies-seven years have passed since the beat-savvy TobyMac released a remix project. With great results, he let his record-scratching friends take a spin around the gold-selling albums Momentum and Welcome to Diverse City on Re: Mix Momentum and Renovating Diverse City. On March 27, he doubles the fun with Dubbed & Freq'd, a new remix set targeting big hits from his Portable Sounds and Tonight studio records...
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Stellar Kart
Stellar Kart is getting busy, working on a new album and planning for an upcoming tour. Check out their announcement below and visit http://stellarkart.com/tour/ for their latest, most up-to-date tour dates! "Hey hey!! Hope you’re having a fantastic 2012 so far! We’ve been doing a lot of writing for our new record and are booking up our spring tour! After the amazing Revolve Tour...
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eOne Christian Music is happy to announce the release of Twila Paris' new project, God Shed His Grace - Songs Of Truth And Freedom, on February 28, 2012. Paris personally selected the thirteen songs that are featured on the new CD, eleven from previous albums and two newly recorded patriotic hymns, God Of Our Fathers and America The Beautiful. The music is timeless as it addresses the hope and struggle of Christians, as they pray their way through a darkened world. Paris hopes the CD will be seen as her support for her fellow Americans during this critical time in our country's history...
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Elk Lake Publishing has announced the Spring 2012 release of Jeff Petherick's Grace Like Rain: Soaking Up God's Best, Even When We're At Our Worst, a book that examines the most powerful and perhaps most misunderstood power in the universe - God's grace - through real-life accounts about a God who did the unthinkable to save the unlovable. The book will be distributed exclusively to the CBA market through New Day Christian Distributors...
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*Monday, January 30, 2012*


Remedy Drive
Centricity Music announced today that the label has signed the Nashville-based rock group, Remedy Drive. The band is currently in the studio recording the new album, which is being produced by Peter Kipley (MercyMe, Kutless, The Afters), and is scheduled to release fall 2012. It features eleven new songs written or co-written by David Zach, lead vocalist and guitarist/keyboardist for Remedy Drive. "We are so happy to sign with Centricity Records," says Zach, "Everyone we've met at the company really...
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SCC
With 46 No. 1 singles, including "Do Everything," which topped charts last month; 56 GMA Dove Awards; five GRAMMY awards; and more than 200 songs recorded on 17 original albums spread across an illustrious 25-year career, Steven Curtis Chapman has already amassed a collection of songs worth celebrating. Since his first national recording, First Hand, Chapman has become one of the most beloved artists in all of popular music. This year on his website, StevenCurtisChapman.com, he revisits some of his favorite tracks with a video series called Twenty Five...
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Sidewalk Prophets
Sidewalk Prophets will release their sophomore album, Live Like That on Tuesday, March 27. Their current single is the title track off the new album and plays a strong part in the overall messaging from the band. In its first day on iTunes, "Live Like That" peaked at No. 3 on the iTunes Christian and Gospel chart. With the help of their fans, Sidewalk Prophets' album cover encompasses the faces and hearts of people all across the country who have inspired someone to "Live Like That." Log on to www.SidewalkProphets.com to preview Live Like That for a limited time...
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Check out this announcement from Tooth & Nail Records about their latest signing, Abandoned Pools... "We'd like to officially welcome Abandoned Pools to the Tooth & Nail Family! "Sublime Currency," the long-awaited third album from Abandoned Pools, is the culmination of an eleven-year journey. In many ways, the album tells a new chapter in the narrative of Tommy Walter, the songwriter and musician behind the band. Tommy, who is from Westlake Village, CA, began the project in the early ‘00s, initiating...
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*Friday, January 27, 2012*


Audio A
Today, the Hands and Feet Project announced a new fundraiser to help raise money for their orphanage in Haiti. Check out the announcement below (which was attached to the ridiculous but amusing photo above!)... "If running a half or full marathon to help the children of Haiti is on your bucket list...then we've got the opportunity for you. You can join Mark Stuart and Will McGinniss from Audio Adrenaline, Jon Thatcher from Delirious, along with many others who have joined Team H&F to run for Haiti...
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Todd Agnew
Todd Agnew, the worship leader, musician and songwriter behind hits like "Grace Like Rain" and "My Jesus," is unveiling his newest collection of music, How to be Loved, on March 6. In chronicling a new understanding of receiving God's love, Todd Agnew's powerful new album with Ardent Records and Fair Trade Services is a revelation of sorts. Much of this understanding started when Agnew bought his first house, moved back to Texas and became husband, and stepfather all in the course of a weekend. "I came in wanting to do stuff for them, to take care of them," Agnew recalls, "and my wife was asking me if I could receive from them...
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Jaci Velasquez
With over 4 million albums sold worldwide, 16 number 1 songs and 5 Grammy nominations, Jaci Velasquez is now honored that the internationally known chain Tasti D-Lite, will be celebrating the worldwide release of her 16th album, "Diamond" (through Inpop Records). Tasti D-Lite will not only be hosting her CD release and signing, but also will be promoting Angel Food Cake as the 'Official Flavor of Jaci Velasquez' and providing a free small Angel Food Cake Tasti to all Jaci's fans. The event will be held at Tasti D-Lite's Columbus Circle store in NYC from 11:30-1:30pm on February 7th, 2012...
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SCC
GMC, America's favorite channel for uplifting music and family entertainment, will present the world premiere of the network's new reality series "The Song that Changed My Life" with Steven Curtis Chapman. This first episode, focusing on GRAMMY® Award-winning artist Steven Curtis Chapman and his song "When Love Takes You In," depicts how this particular song influences a family's decision to adopt from China. The premiere is set to air Tuesday, January 31st at 11:30 p.m. ET. There will be an encore broadcast on Sunday, February 5 at 1:30 p.m. ET. Meeting the family impacted by the Chapman-penned tune, the Pace's from Greenville...
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Nicole C. Mullen
Nicole C. Mullen's powerhouse single "Holy Captivated" climbed the charts to #3 this week at Lite AC/INSPO radio. The single gained momentum to break into the top of the charts as Mullen kicks off 2012 tour dates traveling the globe to share the Gospel and music from her CD, Captivated. "'Holy Captivated' is a declaration of the awesomeness of God, regardless of our emotional climate," said Mullen. "This song reminds us all that God is holy, and He is worthy of worship in every season of life. I'm honored to see a great response from radio...
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*Thursday, January 26, 2012*


Slospeak Records just announced Pioneer's slot on The Epic Tour, headlined by pop/rock act Manic Drive. The tour will hit 15 cities in the Mid West to South East regions, starting January 27th and running until February 24th. In addition, their first radio single, "Treason," is currently at #9 on the BDS Rock Charts. Pioneer embarked on a similar tour with Manic Drive last year. "After narrowing down a long list of candidates, we were chosen for the 2 month tour," drummer Dan Voris recalls...
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*Wednesday, January 25, 2012*


Dave Barnes
Dave Barnes' new single "Mine To Love" off his upcoming studio album, Stories To Tell, is now available at iTunes. Stories To Tell is set for release on March 13, 2012 and features 11 new tracks produced by John Fields (Lifehouse, Switchfoot, Goo Goo Dolls, Jonas Brothers, P!nk). Barnes is also announcing a series of tour dates in support of the album hitting such cities as New York, Nashville, Chicago, Philadelphia and DC (tour dates below). Sharing the message behind "Mine To Love," Barnes explains, "I wrote this song after I found out that my wife and I were pregnant...
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Mary Mary
Erica Campbell, half of the multi-Grammy Award-winning sister duo, Mary Mary, has given birth to her new daughter. Campbell and husband, producer/songwriter Warryn Campbell welcomed their third child, Zaya Monique Campbell, on Tuesday, January 24th, 2012. Both mother and daughter are resting comfortably. The glowing mom was elated upon the arrival of her new baby girl. In a statement Erica said that she and her husband were "feeling so thankful and so blessed to have our sweet Zaya finally make her grand entrance into the world! God is awesome, our family couldn't be more happy than we are today!" Zaya Monique was born at a healthy 6lbs, 12 oz...
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*Tuesday, January 24, 2012*


Red
Two-time GRAMMY nominated, Essential Records rock act RED kicks off its second headlining tour in five months, the "REDvolution Tour," on Feb. 10. Visiting 20+ cities domestically, with special guests Thousand Foot Krutch, Manafest, Nine Lashes, and KIROS, the tour will also include a run of "RED only" dates throughout Europe in April. A year since releasing its acclaimed third studio project, Until We Have Faces, RED continues to make massive career strides, venturing out on back-to-back...
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Peter Furler
Peter Furler is adding more fuel to the digital edition of his popular debut solo album, On Fire ("a thought-provoking, immensely entertaining project" -Jesus Freak Hideout). Available now, On Fire-Bonus Tracks features five extra cuts-the new "Water to Wine" plus alternate versions of the hits "Reach" and "I'm Alive," current single "Matter of Faith," and "Glory to the King." You can catch up with Peter on the 48-city Winter Jam 2012 tour where his live band features former newsboys cohort...
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Tooth & Nail Records' Sent By Ravens is ready to release their sophomore label album, Mean What You Say, on February 28. This album is a follow-up to their 2010 breakout hit, Our Graceful Words, which debuted at No. 34 on Billboard Heatseekers Chart. In anticipation of their release, the band has posted a new song, "We're All Liars," up now on their Facebook and YouTube. With their sophomore effort Mean What You Say, Sent By Ravens have taken their driving modern rock sound and rounded it out...
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Newsboys
It was announced by mtvU's show "The Freshman" that Newsboys won last week's contest for their music video "Miracles." This is a contest where fan votes determine which videos get into rotation on mtvU each week. With this big win, the "Miracles" video started airing this week on mtvU's rotation for one month, with the video airing approximately 20-25 x's per week. Click below to see the very special thanks from the band, especially to their fans. A huge thanks to all of the fans for voting...
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Kari Jobe
One of the best-selling artists in Christian music, Kari Jobe releases her sophomore album, Where I Find You, today amidst widespread acclaim. The album quickly rose this morning to No. 1 on the iTunes® overall Albums chart and remains No. 1 on the Christian & Gospel chart amidst 5-star reviews. The recording also sparked the Billboard Top 10 hit single "We Are" that has been viewed nearly 500,000 times at www.youtube.com/watch?v=B07iK9uh9qY. Tens of thousands more have experienced...
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GMA
IMMERSE, the Gospel Music Association's Music Training Experience, is pleased to announce the first confirmed artists for the July conference. Those set to appear include Grammy® and Dove Award winner Michael W. Smith, Dove Award winner Chris August, and popular indie-minded artist, Derek Webb, Additional announcements will be made in the coming weeks. On Sunday, July 22, Michael W. Smith welcomes registrants in an evening worship service featuring yet to be named special guest artists and industry professionals. This event will prove to be an unforgettable night for attendees dedicated to song, inspiration, focus and prayer...
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*Monday, January 23, 2012*


Audrey Assad
Due out on Valentine's Day, Audrey Assad's highly anticipated sophomore album, Heart, finds her once again collaborating with other songwriters (including Matt Maher and Derek Webb) and producer Marshall Altman (Brooke Fraser, Natasha Bedingfield, Marc Broussard), crafting another collection of songs that mine the depths of both heart and soul as only Assad can. "I feel like this record is a deep look into my heart, with all the honesty and courage I can muster to write what I really see there and what I'm really...
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Seventh Day Slumber
With the release of their successful eighth studio album, The Anthem of Angels, in November 2011, Seventh Day Slumber is preparing for their upcoming U.S tour, appropriately named "The Anthem of Angels Tour." The album debuted at the iTunes Top Christian Albums chart at No. 4. In addition the Rock single, "Never Too Far Gone" was in the Top 15 in December 2011. Kicking off March 1st and running through May 31st, the tour will...
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SONS (formerly Sons of God) just announced the February 14th release of their debut full length album titled Keep Quiet. The indie rock band posted the album trailer (seen below) to give fans a preview of the highly anticipated record. After signing with Slospeak Records at the end of 2011, SONS started preparing for the album release and winter tour, which came to a close last weekend. "We met so many great people while on the road...
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"The biggest factor is creating recordings of songs that people want to hear," says one half of husband/wife folkpop duo VOCAL FEW, Matt MacDonald (who is also the lead singer of postpunk band The Classic Crime), about the surprising success of their debut EP SHE'LL BE RIGHT which was quietly released independently on January 10, 2012. Utilizing a total of zero dollars on promotion or marketing of any sort, the EP debuted at an astounding #12 on Billboard's Heatseeker's Chart and #8 on the Folk Albums Chart...
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*Saturday, January 21, 2012*


Michael Gungor Band
The latest artist to join the Kickstarter revolution is Gungor. The popular indie worship band has the hopes to fashion a brand new live CD/DVD and are asking fans for their help to fund it. Check out their statement below and visit their Kickstarter campaign for more info...
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*Friday, January 20, 2012*


Natalie Grant
Powerhouse vocalist Natalie Grant will make her football debut at the 13th Annual National Football League's Super Bowl Gospel Celebration. The show will tape before a live audience at 7:30pm EST on Friday, February 3, 2012 at the Clowes Memorial Hall on Butler University in Indianapolis, IN. Sponsored by American Family Insurance and Verizon Wireless, the celebration is hosted by Wayne Brady, current host of the iconic CBS game show "Let's Make A Deal," and gospel's sweetheart CeCe Winans...
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Matt Maher
GRAMMY Award nominee Matt Maher has extended his popular "The Love In Between" tour to include 16 additional dates. The follow-up run to his fall leg will feature guest artist Sparrow Records singer-songwriter Audrey Assad, with Reunion Records newcomer Lindsay McCaul at select shows. Originally kicking off mid-September, "The Love In Between" tour visited more than 25 cities through late October, seeing thousands in attendance and multiple sold out shows. The tour's second leg will open tonight in Altoona, Pa...
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Mary Mary
Multi-Grammy Award-winning My Block/Columbia recording artists Mary Mary have kicked off the New Year with 2 Stellar Music Award wins and news of a NAACP Image Award nomination. Recognized at Gospel music's biggest night less than a week ago, Mary Mary took home awards for Group/Duo of the Year and Contemporary Group/Duo of the Year. The wins further cement Mary Mary's record for taking home awards at every award show in which they have been nominated for Something Big...
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*Thursday, January 19, 2012*


Sarah MacIntosh
Integrity Music announces the signing of independent singer/songwriter Sarah MacIntosh and the March 6th global release of her 11-track album Current. Known for her work with progressive rock band Chasing Furies, Sarah also has three solo projects to her credit including the critically acclaimed The Waiters, The Watchers, The Listeners, The Keepers & Me. And in addition to touring and collaborating with artists such David Crowder...
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Solid State Records announced this week the signing of a new band to their roster... The Overseer! Below is their announcement: "We're happy to welcome Arkansas' The Overseer to the Solid State Family! The surging hard rock outfit has been dominating the Southern underground circuit as of late with a relentless touring schedule and a rousing catalog of pummeling riffage, savage breakdowns and vocal cord-rupturing vocals. Inspired by bands like Thrice and Underoath, The Overseer have three goals with their...
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Group 1 Crew
Breakout Urban sensation and Dove Award winning Group 1 Crew re-launches their third album, Outta Space Love: Bigger Love Edition on January 24. The album features more music along with the original 12 tracks. Outta Space Love: Bigger Love Edition will include eight additional tracks with remixes of their hit singles "Walking On The Stars" and "Live It Up" as well as four brand new songs. One of the new tracks on the album is "He Said," which features multi-award winning artist, Chris August...
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Listener Records recently announced the signing of Boise-based worship band The Waiting Kind with the release of their self-titled EP as their label debut. Featuring a textured, cutting edge indie rock sound, the tracks on The Waiting Kind EP deftly explores the tensions of living in a fallen world and how God is consistently with us, no matter what we’re going through. Produced by Jonny MacIntosh (Vicky Beeching, Trevor Davis, Sarah MacIntosh) The Waiting Kind EP...
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Calgary's pop-rock quartet KIROS will bring their infectious and inspirational melodic rock across the US when they head out on the "REDvolution! 2012" Tour next month. Beginning in Rochester, MN on February 10th and wrapping up in Fort Wayne, IN on March 24th, KIROS will accompany influential modern rock acts RED, THOUSAND FOOT KRUTCH, MANAFEST and NINE LASHES on this exciting run. "We are very excited and honored to share the stage with such prominent and established artists...
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There's an ongoing war within urban culture. Confusion over what manhood is has plagued our cities, families and lives. The concept of a biblical man has been lost in our generation. Unfortunately, many churches struggle to provide its urban members, much less those beyond their walls, with a tangible definition of a real man. ReachLife Ministries in partnership with Reach Records, Man Up is a new campaign, calling men in the hip-hop culture to true biblical manhood through repentance and faith in Christ...
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Details about the first annual STAND TOGETHER FEST have been announced! The event, which is presented by Blood & Ink Records and F!GHT Clothing, will be held April 13th and 14th, 2012 at Rocketown in Nashville, Tennessee. Scheduled to perform are Zao, Saints Never Surrender (reunion), Flatfoot 56, Venia, As Hell Retreats, Debtor, and more (full line-up below). STAND TOGETHER FEST was launched with the hopes...
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*Wednesday, January 18, 2012*


David Crowder Band
Give Us Rest (A Requiem Mass in C [The Happiest of All Keys]) sold over 50,000 copies in its first week making it the No. 2 record in the country behind Adele’s 21, and the No. 1 new album on the charts. With a nearly constant No. 1 hold on the iTunes ® Overall Albums chart, Give Us Rest offers David Crowder*Band the highest chart and sales debut of their over decade long career. “We have been really happy to hear and read the responses to the album,” remarks Crowder...
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Nine Lashes
Tooth & Nail Records' new band Nine Lashes is gearing up for their label debut, World We View, releasing on February 14. This Alabama-reared band worked with producer Aaron Sprinkle (Anberlin, The Almost, Jeremy Camp, Hawk Nelson) crafting their national debut. Together, the team turned in a sophisticated blend of modern, alternative and indie rock, undercut by a slew of rhythmic influences, cutting edge beats and even an appearance from screamo legend Ryan Clark (of Demon Hunter fame) on "Our Darkest Day...
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Warren Barfield
After two successful nationwide tours, "Love Worth Fighting For" is returning for a third year of events backed by popular speaker Kirk Cameron ("Fireproof," "Left Behind" series and "Growing Pains") and singer/songwriter Warren Barfield. Beginning in Montgomery, AL on Jan. 20, "Love Worth Fighting For" will span the entire year. Markets have been announced through April, and include Tallahassee, Fla., Des Moines, IA, Charlotte, NC and Indianapolis, Ind...
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He just doesn't quit. Rapper and singer/songwriter Heath McNease is at it again with yet another new release on the way. After three projects released last year, Heath is set to release his first for 2012, titled Thrift Store Jesus. Dubbing it his "most mature" work to date, McNease had the following to say about the project... "2011 was quite a prolific year for me as an artist. I was fortunate enough to churn out “The House Always Wins” in February, “Straight Outta Console: The Nintendo Thumb Mixtape” in July, and “Wed, White, and Wu” with Playdough in November. I feel incredibly fortunate to have been given the opportunity to call music...
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Passion
A call to Do Something Now in the name of Jesus rang through the arena at the Georgia Dome in downtown Atlanta on the final day of Passion 2012 on Thursday, January 5th. Passion founder Louie Giglio challenged students to not live in anticipation of “what’s next” but to take action today and pursue what makes them come alive … and do it for the glory of God. Throughout the four-day gathering, 42,000 students representing 31 countries and more than 1,700 campuses learned about the horrific realities faced by the 27 million people worldwide who are enslaved...
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Lindsay McCaul
Reunion Records singer/songwriter Lindsay McCaul's debut label release, If It Leads Me Back, releases today. McCaul, touted by critics as "one to watch" in 2012, is already being compared to noted female vocalists including Francesca Battistelli, Natalie Grant and Nichole Nordeman, while the newcomer continues to garner fans as a guest artist on Casting Crowns' "Come to the Well" tour...
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Andrew Peterson
Highly acclaimed singer/songwriter, Andrew Peterson, will be entering the recording studio this week working on his third studio project for Centricity Music, which will release early fall 2012. Peterson, who has been called "one of the greatest Christian lyricists of all time," has written all new songs for the album. The CD will be produced by long-time collaborator, Ben Shive (Sara Groves/Matt Werz/Eric Peters) and Cason Cooley (Matthew Perryman Jones/Katie Herzig/Mat Kearney/Sixpence None The Richer), with Andy Gullahorn co-producing...
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Mary Mary
Multi-Grammy Award-winning My Block/Columbia recording artists Mary Mary kicked off the New Year with 2 Stellar Music Award wins. Recognized at Gospel music's biggest night, Mary Mary took home awards for Group/Duo of the Year and Contemporary Group/Duo of the Year. The wins further cement Mary Mary's record for taking home awards at every award show in which they have been nominated for Something Big; their 2011 album...
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Holly Spears will release her highly-anticipated full-length album, Heartache to Hope (Girl on a Mission Music), on April 3rd, via her own label, Girl on a Mission Music, LLC. Spears has just released her debut singles, "Learning to Love" (Christian Radio) and "Watch Over Me" (Pop formats) which has a companion music video. Produced by Mitch Dane (Jars of Clay, Bebo Norman, Caedmon's Call) at Nashville's famed Sputnik Sound recording studio, the album features vocal, bass, keyboard and mastering support from Jars of Clay...
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*Tuesday, January 17, 2012*


Fireflight
GRAMMY Award nominated, female-fronted rock act Fireflight will release its fourth studio project, NOW, on March 6. The album is preceded by lead single, "Stay Close," which topped the Billboard Christian Rock radio chart this week, while Fireflight gears up to support its new release with a "Stay Close" spring tour. Asserting a new direction from the band's previous record For Those Who Wait (2010), NOW calls listeners to move beyond their circumstances and take action...
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Dave Barnes
Razor & Tie artist Dave Barnes will release his new studio album, Stories To Tell, on March 13, 2012. The 11-track album of original material was produced by John Fields (Lifehouse, Switchfoot, Goo Goo Dolls, Jonas Brothers, P!nk). Barnes will tour in 2012 in support of his new release (tour dates to soon follow). He recently received his first GRAMMY® nomination for Best Country Song for "God Gave Me You," the #1 hit as performed by Blake Shelton from Shelton's 2011 album Red River Blue. Barnes' and Shelton's versions of the song have sold over one million singles to date...
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RSJ
Speaking out for "life" has become more than a passion for Grammy® Award winning Christian singer and best-selling author, Rebecca St. James. She's this week reminding America that this Sunday-January 22-is "Sanctity of Human Life Sunday." In a January 13, 1984 proclaimation, President Ronald Reagan designated the third Sunday of January as "National Sanctity of Human Life Day." The date was chosen to coincide with the eleventh anniversary of the "Roe V. Wade" Supreme Court case that first recognized the constitutionally...
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BarlowGirl
LoveFest is happy to announce their 2012 lineup, focusing on the topic: DIVINE DESIGN. Held on February 11th and 12th in Arcadia, CA, LOVEFEST 10: DIVINE DESIGN guarantees to be of interest to all in attendance. With compelling discussion and entertainment, the event allows both youth and adults to examine the challenges facing teens in their daily life. Hosted by Our Savior Lutheran Church, LoveFest will feature Chaos Theory (Clint Thomas and Aaron Davis), Dr. Micah Parker, Pam Stenzel and Karen Kropf as keynote speakers...
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Acclaimed Australian singer/songwriter and eOne recording artist Nathan Tasker has been named 2011 Artist of the Year by The Rock Across Australia (TRAA), Australia's official national Christian music charts. Tasker's "Something Beautiful (Grace)" and "Love Is The Compass" earned the #5 and #6 positions, respectively, on the 2011 TRAA Top 100 Songs chart, making him the most played Christian artist of 2011, and the only artist with two songs in the top 10...
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*Monday, January 16, 2012*


Hailing from San Antonio, Texas, this southern belle took a chance and dropped everything she knew and made her move to the Golden State to pursue her dreams of music, acting and business….and what a success she has been thus far! With her work featured in Chicken Soup for the Marketing Soul and Success from Home Magazine, Marlene Brehm continues to expand her dreams in California by officially creating her first album, Reach The Sky, under Dream Records / Universal Music Christian Group. Ever since she can remember, Marlene has been singing. At the age of seven, her mother took her to audition for Showstoppers...
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*Sunday, January 15, 2012*


Newsboys
Iamsecond.com, a website featuring video stories of personal struggle, transformation and hope of celebrities and everyday people, commemorated the national launch of the "I am Second" book from Thomas Nelson, Inc., tonight with a party featuring well-known Seconds seen on the website and in the "I am Second" book as well GRAMMY-nominated and Dove Award-wining band Newsboys. The event will be broadcast on iamsecond.com on Sunday, Jan. 15 beginning at 7:30 p.m. CST. Along with hearing from Seconds such as Dallas Cowboy Bradie James and sports reporter and cancer survivor Tamara Jolee...
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*Friday, January 13, 2012*


Hillsong United
Intent on bringing a raw, authentic worship experience in a stadium filled with thousands of people set on worshipping Jesus Christ, UNITED's Live In Miami was recorded during the band's sold out worship night Aug. 6, 2011 at American Airlines Arena in Miami. The event was part of the 2011"Welcome To The Aftermath" tour that consisted of 32 events with 182,000 people filling venues to capacity in venues across the country - from New York to Miami to Los Angeles, where UNITED became the first Christian band to sell out Staples Center...
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The City Harmonic
Please keep The City Harmonic and bass player Eric Fusilier in your prayers as they just discovered that their bandmate and friend was diagnosed with Leukemia. Below is a letter the band posted today... "Dear friends and family of The City Harmonic, It is with a heavy and yet hopeful heart that we ask your help in prayer. A few nights ago, our brother-in-Christ and bandmate Eric Fusilier was feeling weak and unable to move...
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*Thursday, January 12, 2012*


SCC
In 1987, twenty five years ago, a young man from Paducah, Kentucky released his first national recording. Since that album, First Hand, Steven Curtis Chapman has gone on to record more than 200 songs and 17 original albums that have featured 46 #1 singles. This year at StevenCurtisChapman.com, they're celebrating some of your favorite Steven songs and their stories with special new performances and...
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MxPx
Bremerton, WA-based pop-punk trio MxPx will be releasing their new album, Plans Within Plans, through MRI/Rock City Recording Company within the U.S. and Canada on April 3, 2012. The album will feature 13-tracks and will also be available in Japan (Bullion Records), Europe/UK (Flix Records) and Australia/New Zealand (El Shaddai Records). It's been over four years since the release of their last album, Secret Weapon. Since then, the band has released a covers album On The Cover II (Tooth & Nail Records) in 2009 and also re-vamped their record label...
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Newsboys
The 7th sailing of the Music Boat Cruise departs in 2012 to a new destination with new artists and new opportunities for entertainment and relaxation. Presented by World Hope and produced by Premier Christian Cruises, The Music Boat 2012, on the Carnival Imagination, sails Nov. 5-9 from Miami, Fla. for four nights and five days to the Caribbean island of Grand Turks in Turks and Caicos. Throughout the cruise, passengers will experience non-stop music from a 16+ artist lineup that includes...
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Skillet
Kicking-off an unprecedented 17th consecutive year, the Winter Jam 2012 Tour Spectacular debuted to a combined total audience of more than 32,000 people last weekend. The 47-city tour launched in Charleston, West Virginia, and also hit Charlotte and Raleigh, North Carolina, yielding the largest three-day opening attendance in Winter Jam history...
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Shonlock
Arrow Records artist Shonlock made one New Year's resolution this year - To start the year strong. The holidays are over for this acclaimed choreographer (Arrested Development, Aaliyah) and former member of TobyMac's Diverse City, who jumps into 2012 with a new radio single, title track "NeverOddOrEven," and an announcement of Acquire the Fire tour dates that will put him in front of thousands in arenas nationwide...
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War Of Ages
Facedown Records is excited to announce that Facedown Fest 2012 will take place on April 6 & 7 this year. "We're doing things a little differently this year," states the label, "splitting the nights at two different venues, and holding a Strike First night and a Facedown night. We're also doing something special for ticket purchasers by creating some bundles to give you more bang for your buck. Tickets are available right now at http://www.facedownfest.com...
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Maranatha! Music announces the upcoming release of Top 25 Gospel Songs 2012, which is available for sale online at www.maranathamusic.com and everywhere January 24, 2012 distributed by EMI-CMG Distribution. Legendary artists, chart-topping talents, and new hit-makers contribute to the CD set, which features Gospel songs never heard before in one compilation...
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*Wednesday, January 11, 2012*


Newsboys
With their latest radio single, "God's Not Dead (Like A Lion)," Newsboys continue to take over the radio waves in a powerful way. The song, the debut from their brand new release God's Not Dead (Inpop Records), is being heard on hundreds of stations across the country as well as climbing up the Billboard radio charts. The single is currently #3 on Billboard's Christian CHR Chart...
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Dove Award "Artist of the Year," Francesca Battistelli made a surprise visit to seven-year-old, Tori Svenson, last Friday, January 6 - check out the video clip here. Tori has inspired thousands with her YouTube video lip syncing to, "Angel By Your Side," off Francesca's album, Hundred More Years...
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Tooth & Nail Records/BEC Recordings proudly announces Conor Farley as the new Director of A&R. This role will involve scouting for new artists and developing the current and emerging roster. "We are thrilled to add Conor to the T&N and BEC family," shares Brandon Ebel, President Tooth & Nail Records / BEC Recordings. "Focusing on the A&R department, we wanted to bring in someone that has a passion for our artists and their music as well as an ear for new talent...
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*Tuesday, January 10, 2012*


Skillet
Atlantic recording group Skillet wrapped up an extraordinary year by being named among 2011’s biggest mainstream rock acts according to year-end charts published by Billboard and Mediabase. The two-time Grammy-nominated band were among the highest ranking artists featured in Billboard’s annual “The Year In Music” issue...
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Jon McLaughlin
Razor & Tie announces the addition of singer songwriter Jon McLaughlin to its label roster for a worldwide, multi-album deal. McLaughlin's forthcoming new studio album Promising Promises is set for release on May 22nd 2012. The album's first single, "Summer Is Over" featuring Sara Bareilles is on sale now -Buy HERE and LISTEN HERE. "Summer Is Over" will impact Hot AC radio the week of February 27th. Jon McLaughlin recently wrapped up a national fall co-headlining tour with Stephen Kellogg & The Sixers and will tour extensively this year in support of this new release...
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Rend Collective Experiment
Internationally acclaimed Rend Collective Experiment releases its sophomore album, Homemade Worship By Handmade People, today on Kingsway with global distribution and amidst five-star reviews. The album was recorded and produced by Rend Collective in Irish church halls and homes in the band's organic, collective style and fusing a depth of sung theology and fresh melodies that reflect themes of redemption, devotion and celebration...
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Slospeak Records just announced the January 24th release of Pioneer's self-titled full length album. The five-piece band will showcase its catchy American rock'n roll sound at their January 14th CD release show in Indianapolis, IN. "Treason," the first single off the new record, was "Most Added" on the BDS Rock Charts its first week out and has quickly jumped 16 spots to #12 - with lots of momentum to keep climbing. In addition, "Lights" will stream exclusively on Substream Music Press the week of January 16th...
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First to join the ranks of the Raging Storm Records metal melitia in the new year is Live as Lions, an up and coming Spirit-filled hardcore band from the great white north. Truly embracing the Romans 12:1 core value, this is a band that strives to give everything they can to God in all that they do. "We are beyond excited to announce that we are officially a part of the Raging Storm Records family...
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Fresh off their popular annual Christmas tour, the critically-acclaimed pop/classical family ensemble, the Annie Moses Band, is slated to make their debut at New York City's internationally-renowned Carnegie Hall on Saturday, January 14. Joining them on the stage of the Isaac Stern Hall will be a plethora of promising young performers drawn from the ranks of the Annie Moses Band's...
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Rachel Chan's highly anticipated debut project, Go, hits stores today, released through in:ciite Media and its distribution partner EMI-CMG Christian Music Distribution. The 16-year-old daughter of New York Times Best-Selling Author, Pastor and Speaker Francis Chan, is already receiving praise for her freshman CD...
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Nashville Publicity Group, a public relations firm specializing in family-friendly entertainment, is celebrating its 10th anniversary this month. Launched by music industry veteran Brian Mayes in January, 2002, Nashville Publicity Group continues to emerge as one of the south's leading PR firms...
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Author and musician David Teems employs careful scholarship and a poet's imagery to introduce readers to one of the most important, yet least celebrated, heroes of the Christian faith in his new book, Tyndale: The Man Who Gave God An English Voice, released January 3 by Thomas Nelson. In the early 16th century, an age of treachery and religious oppression, William Tyndale made the Holy Scriptures available...
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*Monday, January 9, 2012*


Michael W. Smith
Having released the acclaimed instrumental project, GLORY (Nov. 21, 2011), celebrated artist, songwriter, composer, instrumentalist, performer, author and producer, Michael W. Smith delivers his latest musical offering, Decades of Worship, on Jan. 17. Smith, a mainstay with a 29-year career, brings together the best of his beloved worship hymns on this, his 24th project...
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*Friday, January 6, 2012*


Peter Furler
Playing "Reach," "Matter of Faith" and other favorites from his widely acclaimed and first solo CD, on fire, Peter Furler will also draw upon his multiple radio hits spanning his career as founder of the newsboys during Christian music's largest annual tour, Winter Jam. Joining Furler's band during the tour is fellow artist and former newsboy bassist/vocalist, Phil Joel, who recently released his solo album, Playlist. Rounding out Furler's band is Dave Ghazarian (Superchick) on guitar and Jeff Irizarry on drums...
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in:ciite Media announced today the signing of Don Moen, world renowned singer-songwriter, worship leader, and producer. Moen's forthcoming studio album, Uncharted Territory, is the first release in the new partnership with in:ciite media and is set to release March 27, 2012 through its distribution partner EMI Christian Music Distribution. "This is an exciting moment for us," said in:ciite CEO, Chris Thomason. "I have had the privilege of working with Don previously, and his passion...
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Hope for the Dying is teaming up with Strike First's Ark of the Covenant for an east coast winter tour which will kick off later this month. The Beast in the East tour begins in PA and ends up in KY with over two weeks' worth of shows, full list of dates below...
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*Thursday, January 5, 2012*


Demon Hunter
DEMON HUNTER is hitting the ground running in 2012. The band is proud to announce that they have finished tracking a brand new album in Seattle. “This record is without a doubt our most aggressive. Every Demon Hunter record must be a step up from the last. I know that’s a goal for every band, but it seldom works that way - especially today, especially in metal...
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Dara Maclean
The Winter Jam 2012 Tour Spectacular has an exciting line-up this year with "Pre-Jam Party" special guests for KING & COUNTRY, Dara Maclean and We As Human, who recently signed to Atlantic Records. The "Pre-Jam Party" will warm up the stage for renowned headlining acts: Building 429, Peter Furler, Group 1 Crew, Kari Jobe, Newsong, Sanctus Real and Skillet. The multi-city nationwide tour kicks off tomorrow, January 6 in Charleston, WV and will wrap April 1 in Grand Rapids, MI...
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Big Daddy Weave
Dove Award winning group, Big Daddy Weave celebrates their single "Love Come to Life" becoming the No. 1 Christian AC Single this week. The single is the title track from Big Daddy Weave's forthcoming ninth studio album out on April 17. Beginning on February 6, the group will partner with World Vision for a trip to Tanzania to work with impoverished families within the community. "What a blessing!!!" said an ecstatic Mike Weaver from Big Daddy Weave. "We are overwhelmed...
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Unlike many recording artists, Yancy has never been accused of releasing projects that begin to sound the same. That's because with over a decade under her belt, Christian music's most diverse artist has managed to successfully record and release projects for the family - the entire family. On January 10th, Yancy returns with Little Praise Party: Happy Day Everyday (Elevate Entertainment), a CD and companion DVD designed specifically for preschool age kids...
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Natalie Grant
Tomorrow, GRAMMY ® nominated female vocalist Natalie Grant will perform timeless classics from the 18th and 19th centuries on PBS' television special "PA'S FIDDLE." Taped at music city's historic venue, The Loveless Barn in Nashville, Tenn., Grant will sing alongside Americana's finest including Randy Travis, Ashton Shepherd, Ronnie Milsap, The Roys and Rodney Atkins. The unique event is slated to debut nationwide on June 2, 2012. Based on the enduring American music played by the father of American author Laura Ingalls Wilder...
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Renowned producer Mark Burnett and his wife Touched By An Angel star, Roma Downey; digital Bible maker, Glo Bible; and Christian publisher, Zondervan - today announced that they are coming together to launch Bible360 (www.Bible360.com), a new app that brings the text of Scripture to life through video, interactive technology and social media...
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Throughout her career as a counselor in Seattle, WA, Michelle Hollomon has been intrigued by the correlation between clients' perception of God, and their ability to be successful in life. Now the stories and research that have connected the dots have been compiled into the book GOD UNWRAPPED: GOD IS LOVE…BUT NOT THE KIND YOU ARE USED TO (Harrison House, 2011) Various misconceptions about God are closely linked to the god-figures we had growing up, such as parents, teachers, coaches, and pastors...
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Big Idea
Big Idea Entertainment, a leading studio and producer of children's and family programming, characters and brands, announced today they will release a brand-new DVD title, VeggieTales®: Robin Good and His Not-So-Merry Men, on March 3 and March 6, 2012 in Christian and general market stores respectively, just in time for the Easter holiday...
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Bleed Into One, the feature length documentary that is the definitive voice on the story of Christian Rock as told by those who lived, struggled, and shaped the phenomenon, is starting a Kickstarter Campaign to raise needed funds for the final music licensing. The official Kickstarter page can be found at: bleedintoone.com/kickstarter...
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Internationally acclaimed Rend Collective Experiment has undertaken the task of understanding the famous hymn, "Be Thou My Vision," subsequently translating it into a form and melody for contemporary worshippers that a Lancaster Intelligencer Journal/Lancaster Sunday News writer calls "powerfully-done...
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Legendary Christian recording artist and world-renowned guitar maestro Phil Keaggy was among the performers at the inaugural "Christmas In America" concerts, presented in two U.S. cities by the American Policy Roundtable (APR), a non-profit organization established to restore Judeo-Christian principles to American public policy...
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*Wednesday, January 4, 2012*


RSJ
Grammy Award winning Christian singer and best-selling author Rebecca St. James has proven to be anything but media shy in her support of Christian values in today's culture. She'll be in the major media spotlight again this week with a two day on-air guesting with Dr. James Dobson on his popular radio program, "Family Talk...
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Tim Hughes
Kingsway Music announces the January 24th U.S. release of Spirit Break Out, the first live album from London's Worship Central training school. Spirit Break Out was recorded live at London's famed HMV Forum theater and features 14 tracks from the Worship Central team of Tim Hughes, Ben Cantelon, Al Gordon, Nikki Fletcher and Luke Hellebronth...
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Singer/songwriter Andrew Greer brings together some of the top names in bluegrass, Gospel and Christian music for his January 31 sophomore release, Angel Band: The Hymn Sessions. Produced by Greer and Chris Kimmerer, the project features arrangements of 11 beloved hymns, as well as one original selection, and will be available on both CD and vinyl...
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Peter Furler
There's no denying that PETER FURLER has had a big year in 2011 with the release of his debut solo album On Fire. And now, the lead single "Reach" has topped The Rock Across Australia (TRAA) Top 100 Song Chart nabbing the honor for most played song on Australian Christian radio in the past year...
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*Tuesday, January 3, 2012*


Purple Door Festival 2012 will be held on Saturday, April 21st in Lebanon, PA. The fest announced the new date on Christmas Day and released more information this past Friday. Below are select portions from the announcements posted to PurpleDoor.com. Keep an eye on the fest's website for upcoming artist announcements and more information...
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Casting Crowns
Multi-platinum selling, GRAMMY®, AMA and 2010 Dove Award-winning Artist of the Year Casting Crowns will extend its massive "Come To The Well" tour into the spring by adding an additional 44 dates across the U.S., this time featuring special guests, singer/songwriter Matthew West, pop-rockers Royal Tailor (both GRAMMY-nominated) and Christian music newcomer Lindsay McCaul who was also on the 2011 fall tour lineup. Following a hugely successful fall run, which included a string of more than15 sell-out performances, playing before more...
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For Today
Christian metalcore band For Today are kicking off 2012 with the nationwide headlining "Fight The Silence Tour" presented by HK Army and Substream Magazine. The tour kicks off March 9th in Nashville, TN and runs through the end of April and will make stops throughout the country including the Never Say Never Fest, SXSW and New England Metal & Hardcore Festival before concluding on April 22nd (tour dates below)...
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This February Your Memorial will be heading into Covenant Studios to record their follow up album to 2010's Atonement. The band will work with engineer Josh Barber to put the album together, and then Josh Schroeder from Random Awesome will step in to do the mixing and mastering. The band expects to finish up the album...
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THESE HEARTS are set to embark upon a U.S. tour following the January 11, 2012 video premiere for the track "Romans 15" from Forever Ended Yesterday, their latest record released in the summer of 2011. The tour begins in the Midwest, hitting Milwaukee, St. Louis and more before heading...
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Starting at a very young age, Nicole Croteau has been singing and performing in front of people throughout her childhood and high school years. Since then, she has worked her way up in the music world by officially signing with Press Play as lead female vocal and most recently, she has signed on with Dream Records as a solo artist. "She is a very promising and talented individual that we at Dream are extremely...
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*Monday, January 2, 2012*


Slospeak Records just announced the newest addition to their roster. SONS (formerly Sons of God) signed to the indie label and immediately crafted a marketing plan for their upcoming full length release. In addition, the band will re-release "Doubt," as its first radio single and tour the south to mid west states with sosaveme in January. "Doubt" is now on online to stream and download...
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