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July, 2010



Saturday, July 31st, 2010*


Point Of Grace
Shelley Breen, one-third of the Word/Warner Bros. Platinum Selling Vocal Group, Point of Grace, is renowned for her remarkable singing and impressive cooking skills. Starting this Monday, August 2, Shelley will be able to add radio co-host to her already impressive resume as she fills in for Kim Ford on Nashville’s 94.1 “Doug and Kim” morning show. Shelley, who over the years has co-hosted with Point of Grace, will experience her first stint on her own with her segment airing from 6:00 AM – 8:40 AM on August 2 – August 6...
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Friday, July 30th, 2010*


Natalie Grant
Curb recording artist Natalie Grant recently unveiled a redesign of her official website (http://www.NatalieGrant.com). In addition, Grant has also launched another website focusing on the message and movement behind the music of Love Revolution—StartALoveRevolution.com (http://www.StartALoveRevolution.com). This new one-of-a-kind site shows how single acts of love can ignite a revolution across the globe...
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Tooth & Nail Records proudly announces the signing of creative rock/pop talent, Icon For Hire. Female fronted and hailing from Decatur, IL, Icon For Hire is comprised of Ariel (vocals) Shawn Jump (guitar) and Adam Kronshagen (drums). Since 2007, the band has been establishing their strong following by touring extensively across the Mid-West. From the beginning, the band has written music with a positive view without downplaying the hardships in life, which is a vision the label understands and supports...
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JoC
This week, Jars Of Clay released the second of four audio/video digital EPs as part of their Live At Gray Matters in-studio performances. Volume 2, titled The Rewind Edition, is named after their recent retrospective tour that featured the band playing their debut album live in honor of its 15-year anniversary. The EP consists of five songs from their groundbreaking self-titled debut, including their career-defining hit, "Flood." Below is the band's announcement of the latest EP. Check it out on iTunes now for just $3.99...
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Sara Groves
In a fight against modern-day slavery, last week INO Records’ Sara Groves joined the International Justice Mission (IJM) and 5 Weeks of Freedom team as they rode 70 miles through Nashville as part of the organization’s 1,800-mile bike ride through the historic Underground Railroad. "We had an amazing day with the IJM riders,” said Groves. “The dedication of these friends was staggering. They are really putting themselves in extreme conditions to identify in a small...
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Due to the popularity of the original 2007 Bethlehem Skyline project, Centricity Music will release Bethlehem Skyline Vol. 2 September 28, 2010. The Christmas album will feature eight Centricity Music artists; Downhere, Jason Gray, Andrew Peterson, Me In Motion, Sixteen Cities, Lanae’ Hale, High Valley and Matt Papa, who perform original compositions and holiday classics on the CD. The concept for Bethlehem Skyline began at a Centricity Music retreat, when the staff wanted all of the...
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It was announced today by Andrew Patton, President of Patton House Entertainment, that the company will expand its operations and launch two new divisions, Patton House Booking and Patton House Music Publishing. Patton House Booking will focus on providing unique opportunities in non-traditional venues for established and independent clients. In this role, Patton House Booking will work side-by-side with high-profile booking agencies in order to add an extra layer of services for their artists, which includes: Jimmy Needham, Echoing Angels...
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Thursday, July 29th, 2010*


JoC
Ancient words, carried through a friend, can deliver impact and inspiration which you dare not dream. In the case of the men that make up Jars of Clay, it was an old Irish proverb, translated as “It is in the shelter of each other that the people live,” that served as the genesis point for its newest project, titled Jars of Clay Presents The Shelter. Recorded and produced by the band, Jars of Clay Presents The Shelter dwells on the idea of community, both physical and spiritual...
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The Wedding
Fans of rock band The Wedding are in for a real treat with the preorder options for their latest release, an EP titled Distance. A total of eighteen different preorder options are available -- from a digital download available this September, to owning one of the members' motorcycles! Below are the different package details. Visit www.theweddingrock.com for more information on how to preorder the Distance EP...
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Since October
After scoring their first ever hit on the Active Rock charts last year with “Guilty,” Since October have returned with a brand new album and lead single which picks up where they left off. The band’s first single from their sophomore release Life, Scars, Apologies – “The Way You Move” has now become their second consecutive Top 30 hit at rock radio. And it’s still continuing to climb...
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For Today
For Today have released the itinerary for their first European tour. They'll be heading across the pond with Winds of Plague, Stick To Your Guns, and Monuments this November in support of their upcoming release Breaker, due out August 31. You can pre-order Breaker here: http://facedown.merchnow.com/products/preorders...
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Amy Grant
The newest music video from six time GRAMMY® winner Amy Grant will be broadcast exclusively on GMC this Friday, July 30 at 8 p.m. ET. In addition to the broadcast debut, there will be an encore airing of the music video on Sunday, August 1 at 1 p.m. ET preceding “A Song From the Heart,” a movie starring Grant. She will also be featured on the Top Spin 10 Countdown Show on Friday, July 30 at 12pm ET and Saturday, July 31 at 8am ET. A re-airing of Grant’s Faith & Fame will also add to the weekend full...
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Wednesday, July 28th, 2010*


Andrew Peterson
Critically acclaimed singer/songwriter, Andrew Peterson, released his second project for Centricity Music yesterday, Counting Stars. Strong early support has placed the album at #1 on iTunes Christian Album Charts. Peterson’s lyrics and heartfelt approach to his music immediately connects with his fans. This is evident by the rave reviews already posted on iTunes...
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Point Of Grace
Word/Warner Bros. Recording Artist and Platinum Selling Vocal Group, Point of Grace, will be the featured artist at four of the “Southern Women’s Shows” this Fall. The “Southern Women’s Show” is an annual lifestyle event for women that features exhibits and resources in regards to beauty, fashion, travel, home, health, business, education and food. In addition to performing on the Fashion and Entertainment Stage at the events, the group will also demonstrate and showcase recipes from their cookbook, “Cooking with Grace,” at the Cooking Stage...
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Warner Music Nashville (WMN), the Nashville-based music operations of Warner Music Group Corp. (NYSE: WMG), today announced that Rod Riley has been named President and CEO of Word Entertainment, WMG's Christian music division. In his new role, Riley will oversee Word's entire operation, including A&R, sales and marketing, music publishing, distribution, church resources and artist services. Riley succeeds Mark Bright and will report directly to John Esposito, President and CEO of Warner Music Nashville...
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Universal Music/Dream Records artist, Press Play, to release its sophomore album, NY2LA, on August 24, 2010 featuring an eclectic compilation of 12 inspiring and introspective dance, pop, R&B and rock songs along with a music video in conjunction with a national tour. Proceeds from album sales benefit the Dream Center and its philanthropic causes nationwide...
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Worship leader William McDowell's powerhouse worship song, "I Give Myself Away," continues to affect thousands of people. Every week the song is being sung and opening the hearts of worshippers in congregations not only in the U.S. but around the world. Written about the foundation of his own worship ministry, "I Give Myself Away" is about the road McDowell has walked, leading him straight to the place of sharing God with the world...
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Tuesday, July 27th, 2010*


Dove Awards
The Gospel Music Association (GMA) recently announced the renewal of its partnership with GMC, America’s favorite channel for uplifting music and family entertainment, to broadcast what is Gospel/Christian Music’s Biggest Night, the Dove Awards. With the 2010 Dove Awards this past April delivering more than 300K viewers and outperforming the 2009 premiere HH rating by +54%, the GMA is also taking a bold step and hosting the 42nd Annual Dove Awards in Atlanta, GA., the first time the show has taken place outside of Nashville...
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Kevin Max
Fans eager to hear the much-anticipated new album from Kevin Max needn’t wait until the August 24th release date to wrap their ears around one of the summer’s most interesting releases. Beginning today, all customers who pre-order Cotes d’ Armor (True Rebels) via the popular dPulse Recordings Online Store will receive the album instantly in digital format...
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Monday, July 26th, 2010*


Starflyer 59
Tooth & Nail Records’ Starflyer 59 is back with another independent rock album titled “The Changing of the Guard,” which hits stores and digital outlets on August 10th. With another hit release looming, Starflyer 59 is one of the most underrated independent bands fronted by one of the most underrated men in indie music. Following their 2008 release "Dial M," Starflyer 59 is back with ten new tracks that chronicle the ebb and flow of different phases in life. The first single posted online today, "Truckers Son" is about the realization that the dream life someone...
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Anberlin
Fans who just can't wait for new music from Anberlin have much to rejoice about. In addition to their new single "Impossible" hitting digital outlets tomorrow, fans will be able to get their hands on the band's brand new album Dark Is The Way, Light is a Place two weeks earlier than originally planned, as the release date has moved from September 21st to September 7th. Below is the band's announcement... "So much exciting stuff coming up to talk about! Some of it we can't say just yet, but it's getting super hard not...
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Saturday, July 24th, 2010*


Disciple
Can't wait for new music from rock band Disciple? Fans now don't have to wait until the September 14th release day of Horseshoes & Handgrenades to get their fingers on the band's new album. With a special preorder available now, fans can download the full record today! Below is the band's announcement and details of the preorder: "We're excited the launch the pre-order for our new record Horseshoes & Handgrenades today! Head over to www.disciplerocks.com...
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*Friday, July 23rd, 2010*


Stryper
Following the success of their 25th Anniversary World Tour earlier this year, legendary rock band Stryper headed into the studio to work on their upcoming album, The Covering, tentatively scheduled for release October 13th from Big3 Records/SONY. For a limited time, fans can preview the new album by following Stryper frontman Michael Sweet on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/michaelhsweet, where he will be revealing a hidden...
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*Thursday, July 22nd, 2010*


SCC
Five-Time Grammy ® Award winning and multi-platinum selling artist Steven Curtis Chapman will kick off NASCAR’s Brickyard 400 by singing the National Anthem on Sunday, July 25th at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The anthem will be broadcast live on ESPN at 1pm (EST), just prior to the start of the race. Chapman’s performance bolsters an impressive lineup of national and regional talent performing live during the Brickyard 400 weekend July 23-25...
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MxPx
On Sunday, July 18, 2010, MxPx played a retirement concert for drummer Yuri Ruley in Las Vegas at Wasted Space. After 18 years and nearly 2.5 million records, having helped pave the way for pop-punk music, Ruley will be departing the band in order to focus more on his family life. The night was a celebration of the band at its height, with the original line-up and playing crowd favorites. In an unprecedented performance, the band played the entirety of their breakthrough album Life In General, which included tracks “Chick Magnet” and “Move To Bremerton...
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Anthony Evans
Between his active touring schedule, recording artist, worship leader, songwriter and producer Anthony Evans recently stopped by his hometown of Dallas, Texas to lead worship for the "No More Excuses" Men's Conference, held on Saturday, July 10th. The conference was hosted by Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship, a church pastored by his father, Dr. Tony Evans. There were numerous highlights throughout the day-long conference, such as the appearance of former President George W. Bush as well as Tony Dungy, former NFL head...
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Esterlyn
Esterlyn, the unique four-piece worship band from Boise, Idaho, is set to release their new CD, titled Call Out, July 27th courtesy of VSR Music Group. Call Out, which combines various musical elements with straightforward yet heartfelt messages within their songs, Esterlyn hopes their music touches lives and provides encouragement for the hearts of God’s people. With Call Out, Esterlyn also desires to capture the essence of true transparency through genuine...
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*Wednesday, July 21st, 2010*


Newsboys
It's official! Born Again, the critically-acclaimed 15th studio project just released from Newsboys, is the biggest project ever to release in the band's history. Even better? Newsboys' Born Again is the 2nd highest Christian artist debut on Billboard's Top 200 and the 3rd highest debut on CCM Soundscan for 2010! According to Soundscan, Born Again has sold an astounding 45,311 units in just one week...
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Abandon
Forefront Records rock band ABANDON is streaming live from the studio while recording at http://www.abandonrock.com. Viewers can also subscribe to their Ustream.TV channel to chat and follow the bands daily progress. http://www.ustream.tv/abandon ABANDON is playing 20 festivals this summer, recording a new album and preparing for their fall tour with Building 429 and Mikeschair...
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Word Music has signed a long-term agreement with Lari Goss, as announced today by Mark Cabaniss, Senior Vice President and Manager of Word Music. “For more than 30 years, Lari Goss has had an incredible influence on music for the church and beyond,” says Cabaniss. “Word Music has published countless arrangements from Lari over the years and it’s exciting to deepen our relationship with him. His love for the church paired with his musical gifts makes him a genuine and unique individual...
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*Tuesday, July 20th, 2010*


Michael W. Smith
Ever the creative risk taker and industry innovator, Reunion Records flagship artist Michael W. Smith begins a new decade by delivering the most powerful and personal album of his career, all while living out his faith with the unsurpassed energy and passion that defines him as a man. With new 12-song project Wonder, Smith struggles with the disparities of life in the modern age: hope and hardship, confusion and confidence, desperation and dedication. Yet...
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Chris August
Fervent Records' newly signed singer-songwriter Chris August is gearing up for the release of his debut album No Far Away on August 24. While this Dallas, Texas native may be considered a "new" artist; Chris is anything but a rookie in the music industry. The self-taught pianist, guitarist and producer has previously worked with Brian McKnight, Jessica and Ashlee Simpson, Ryan Cabrera, among many others, and is now focused on his solo career full tim...
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Save the City Records has announced the launch of the Soul Shine Tour Friday, July 30 at at 7:30 p.m. at the Experience Music Project (EMP) in Seattle, Wash. Featuring Dove Award winner Mr. Talkbox (tobyMac, NSYNC, Backstreet Boys), Grammy-nominated vocalist Kevin "KT" Thornton (Color Me Badd) and popular West Coast rapper Benjiman (Kutless), the Soul Shine Tour promises to be a compelling Rap/R&B musical experience that will appeal to both mainstream and Christian urban music fans...
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Echoing Angels
Entertainment One Music, formerly E1 Entertainment, continues to broaden their roster, most recently signing the band Echoing Angels. The five talented and southern-charmed boys that comprise Echoing Angels - Shannon Cochran, Jon "JP" Poole, Trey Heffinger, Neil Tankersley, and Josh LeBlanc - reside in Atlanta, Georgia, yet have been traveling across the nation peforming at several major summer festivals as well as calling Nashville their temporary home...
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pureNRG
Saying goodbye is never easy. This rings true for Carolyne, Caroline and Jordan of Fervent Records' pureNRG, who are wrapping up their successful music career as one of Christian music’s most popular teen pop groups. Today, July 20, available for physical and digital release, the group will release their sixth and final album – a CD/DVD package – fittingly titled, Graduation: The Best of pureNRG...
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Eleventyseven
As back-to-school season is just around the corner, Eleventyseven is offering free music and a chance at $25,000 cash for fans who team up with them. Eleventyseven is a part of the Five Star brand, which is giving teens free music and a chance at the grand prize as a part of The Five Star Music Insider promotion. This back-to-school season, qualifying Five Star notebook purchases will earn students free music downloads from 10 up-and-coming artists, including Eleventyseven...
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Sandi Patty
Music Legend and esteemed author Sandi Patty will release companion book and CD projects, The Edge of the Divine this summer. In the book and new recording, the five-time GRAMMY ® Award winner who has appeared on such notables as Today and Extreme Home Makeover Edition, uses her accomplishments and public struggles as her inspiration. As Patty has experienced herself, and as she unveils in her book, often times in life women find themselves at an unavoidable crossroads where they either spiral into a life of shame and regret or walk...
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*Monday, July 19th, 2010*


Amy Grant
The newest music video from six-time GRAMMY® winner Amy Grant for the hit song “Better Than A Hallelujah” will premiere exclusively online at Ladies’ Home Journal’s website LHJ.com tomorrow, Tuesday July 20. LHJ.com will also run an interview with Grant to coincide with the video’s premiere. The song “Better Than A Hallelujah” comes from Grant’s acclaimed March release titled Somewhere Down the Road. Grant’s first new...
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*Friday, July 16th, 2010*


25 years ago, Doug Van Pelt transformed newsstands by providing news and insights to heavy metal fans through a new magazine, aptly titled Heaven’s Metal. Van Pelt, founder and editor, was a junior attending the University of Texas when he created the magazine in 1985. During this time, Christian hard rock bands such as Stryper, DeGarmo and Key and Kings X were influencing both the Christian and the general music industry as whole, which quickly pushed Van Pelt to dedicate his efforts on the magazine full-time...
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The Katinas
The following is a special message from The Katinas... "Israel was like a younger brother to us. He was married to his "girl", Pele who is like a sister and one of our kid's favorite Aunties. This past Saturday, he went home to be with the Savior. We've experienced death on several occasions. It's never easy and it always feels too soon, especially in this situation. Izz was only 24 years old. He and Pele were going to celebrate...
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Brandon Heath
Nashville’s GRAMMY nominated singer/songwriter Brandon Heath recently performed his affectionate tune “Love Never Fails” at Country music superstar Carrie Underwood’s wedding to Canadian hockey player Mike Fisher. Noted as the couple’s song, Heath’s performance of “Love Never Fails” served as the couple’s first dance, and was a surprise from Underwood to her new husband. “I was blessed to be part of Carrie and Mike’s big day,” says Heath. “Being among their family and friends, I was honored to have been a witness to...
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*Thursday, July 15th, 2010*


Passion
With selling over 100,000 downloads and being the No. 1 selling Christian Digital track for an ongoing five weeks, Passion has garnered its first No. 1 single, “Our God.” The hit track sung by multi-platinum selling artist Chris Tomlin, tops the R&R AC Monitored, AC Indicator and National Audience Chart, holding the No. 1 position for three consecutive weeks. Written by Matt Redman, Jonas Myrin, Chris Tomlin and Jesse Reeves, “Our God” is featured on Passion: Awakening, the latest recording from...
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RSJ
Award winning Christian singer and best selling author Rebecca St. James will lend her voice of support for the Crisis Pregnancy Center of Tidewater in a special evening of music, ministry and fund raising for the mission of the local pregnancy help organization who are ‘boots on the ground’ in the work of life affirming. “An Evening With Rebecca St. James” is the theme of the event being presented at 7:00 P.M. on Friday, July 23rd, at the First Baptist Church of Norfolk, located at 312 Kempsville Road...
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*Wednesday, July 14th, 2010*


Jeremy Camp
GRAMMY-nominated artist Jeremy Camp is preparing for the release of his sixth studio album, We Cry Out: The Worship Project on August 24th on BEC Recordings. An intentional return to worship with this upcoming release, Camp is honored to be where he is at in his career and life. “I feel like I’ve had a growth spurt the past two years in my walk with the Lord, and I think this album reflects that deepening...
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It was announced in a special reception at the Sony Club in New York recently that Columbia Records/Sony Music Entertainment and Integrity Media will extend their long-standing business arrangement over the next five years. During the reception, Columbia Records Chairman Steve Barnett presented Integrity Media executives with a plaque commemorating over 10 million Integrity units in lifetime mainstream sales through Sony...
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*Tuesday, July 13th, 2010*


Audrey Assad
Audrey Assad’s freshman release is proving to be a hit with critics as The House You’re Building debuts at retailers nationwide today. Below is just a sample of what the reviews are saying... “At the intersection of Joni Mitchell and Natalie Merchant, in a summer cottage once owned by Carole King and occasionally rented by Dido...
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Natalie Grant
Popular Christian recording artist Natalie Grant is focused on starting a love revolution. Natalie recently visited the brand new Sirius XM Radio studio in downtown Nashville for the last leg of her radio promotion tour that included stops in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Sacramento and Riverside, among others. Natalie spoke with SIRIUS XM radio host Doug Hannah about her heart and the vision behind her new album, Love Revolution, which hits stores nationwide on August 24, 2010 through Curb Records...
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Atlanta-based songwriter, worship leader Aaron Keyes releases his acclaimed debut album, Not Guilty Anymore, August 24 from Kingsway with EMI CMG Distribution. With the title track and the album’s “Forever Worthy” already being sung in local churches, Keyes has always been a worshipper who values connection with God and others over crowds or concerts...
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Everlife
Everlife’s latest music video, “What’s Beautiful,” is receiving significant attention nationwide, thanks in part to heavy airplay on Gospel Music Channel, where the video has jumped to #2 this week, sharing the Top 10 with such artists as Dave Barnes, Tim McGraw, Francesca Battestelli, Fireflight, Train and others. The Nashville-based sister-rock-trio wrote the song as a call to challenge culturally accepted concepts of beauty, acknowledging the struggle of many young women and moving powerfully from questioning and confession to triumph and empowerment...
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Olivia The Band
In the wee hours of the morning (at least, on the East Coast) Hawaiian pop punk act Olivia The Band posted an update for fans to reassure them that they haven't broken up. Since debuting on Essential Records five years ago and then returning to the independent circuit, the band has released a project on their own and then on Syntax Records, but haven't been all that active since then, causing fans to wonder what's up. Below is the band's announcement... "Is Olivia broken up???... Hey guys!!!!...
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*Monday, July 12th, 2010*


Silverline returns with their powerful and musically ambitious sophomore CD, Voices In The Night. The project just released on June 29th courtesy of VSR Music Group and EMI CMG Music Distribution. For their second effort, Silverline's woven theme throughout Voices In The Night is about being a light in the darkness...
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Independent Christian label Transform Music Group welcomes rock/metal band At the Onset to its roster. The label’s first artist signing, At the Onset will release its national debut, Healing In Surrender, Oct. 5, 2010. Based in Nashville, Tenn., Transform Music Group, whose motto is “We’re not afraid to be a Christian Record Label,” seeks artists with a unique message and strong work ethic. It aims to represent the spectrum of Contemporary Christian Music genres...
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*Saturday, July 10th, 2010*


Eleventyseven
Yesterday, power pop rock outfit Eleventyseven updated their fans on the latest happenings in the band - including the exit of the band's bass player and some new music on the horizon... "Lots of exciting things are going on in the world of Eleventyseven. This year we have played more countries than ever before. We made the top ten bands in the MEAD FiveStar Music Insider (http://www.fivestarmusicinsider.com/#) Recently we established...
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*Friday, July 9th, 2010*


Charmaine
in:ciite media is paving the way for Christian music fans to fully experience music in new & unique ways, with the release of its new artist Charmaine, onto Harmonix's internally renowned Rock Band Network. Following the release of her album, Love Reality, Charmaine is taking her newest single, "Run" to the Rock Band Network for fans to play on their Playstation, Xbox 360, and Wii. Available now on iTunes...
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*Thursday, July 8th, 2010*


MxPx
Two days after their 18-year anniversary, Bremerton, WA trio MxPx announces the retirement of their drummer Yuri Ruley, as the band plans to scale back on touring but will continue to play select shows and release new material. In addition to this announcement, the band will be performing in Las Vegas on July 18th as a farewell to Ruley and celebration of their most celebrated release to date by performing the entirety of third LP, Life In General...
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EMI Christian Music Group, Provident Music Group, and Word Entertainment are pleased to announce the Platinum RIAA certification of WOW Hits 2009 and the Gold RIAA certification of WOW Hits 2010, which is well on its way to Platinum certification. WOW Hits continues to outperform the market in a time of decline, further proving the strength and staying power of the WOW brand. The strong artist and song list, premium retail positioning and promotions...
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Named a “Top 10 Artist to Watch in 2010” by GospelMusicChannel.com, Nashville-based Chris McClarney’s first full-length studio CD, Defender, is set to release Aug. 10 from Kingsway with EMI CMG Distribution. Packed with songs inspired by real life, lessons learned and the truth of Scripture, McClarney delivers this collection of soulful modern worship as a triumphant proclamation that God’s got his sleeves rolled up...
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*Wednesday, July 7th, 2010*


Children 18:3
The storm is on the horizon and that storm is Children 18:3’s sophomore release, Rain’s ‘A Comin’, which released last week to killer reviews from the media and fan anticipation. This release also landed the sibling band from Minnesota on Billboard Heatseekers chart at No. 23. In addition to the media coverage, Children 18:3 also premiered their music video for their single “Cover Your Eyes.” The music video can be viewed here. Check out what is being said about Children 18:3 and their new release...
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Newsboys
Turn on the radio or head to one of the big music festivals this summer and there's no doubt that you'll find the newsboys. Not only is the band headlining all of the major festivals and performing in front of tens of thousands of screaming fans, but their chart-topping single "Born Again" is being heard on radio stations across the nation. Newsboys also appear in such magazines as Charisma, Billboard, Christian Retailing and are gracing this month's cover of CCM. Michael Tait, Jeff Frankenstein, Duncan Phillips, and Jody Davis are - no question - Born Again...
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Casting Crowns
Christian music leader Casting Crowns announces the release of its new live project, titled Until the Whole World Hears LIVE, available Aug. 31, which will offer millions of fans a front-row experience to the platinum-selling music, and discipleship, of 2010’s Dove Award-winning Artist of the Year. Recorded at Greensboro Coliseum, Greensboro, N.C. on April 24, with additional footage recorded...
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Bob Carlisle--the voice that took "Butterfly Kisses" to the heights of Grammy® and Dove Award wins with sales of 2 million plus units and honors as “Song of the Year” in 1996, is adding that same winning voice to the theater production of I Dream, a musical celebration of the life and legend of Dr. Martin Luther King. Carlisle, making his theatrical debut in I Dream cast in the pivotal role of pastor/friend to Dr. King, sings the stirring anthem at the end of Act I, “Freedom Revolution...
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With more than 11-million albums sold worldwide, Hillsong LIVE gathers critical acclaim with its 20th recording, A Beautiful Exchange, which released June 29 and marks the first release of brand new songs in the alliance announced earlier this year with EMI Christian Music Group. The album this week hits No. 1 on several retail sales charts, including the overall Christian, Praise & Worship and Christian/Gospel Mainstream charts...
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*Tuesday, July 6th, 2010*


Jaymes Reunion
BEC Recordings’ Jaymes Reunion is nominated this week for mtvU’s coveted music video rotation on “The Freshman,” which is voted by fans. For this week only, fans vote (no limit on voting) for one of five new videos, including California-based Jaymes Reunion’s “Fine.” Click here to vote for “Fine...
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Elite Talent Agency is marking its first anniversary with an extensive roster expansion. Joining Elite's roster are Stellar Kart, Chasen, Aaron Gillespie of The Almost, Decyfer Down, and Ivoryline. These signings join Elite's exclusive client roster, which includes Fireflight, Sanctus Real, The Afters, The Almost, Tal & Acacia, Above The Golden State, Philmont, and the OC Supertones...
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Britt Nicole
Want to get a taste of what Disney's upcoming Night of Joy events will be like? Britt Nicole will be hitting the road to give fans a preview of her Night of Joy performance scheduled for September in Orlando, FL. Opening for Britt, is Sparrow new-comer, Audrey Assad. All shows are free and open to the public. See below for dates/cities...
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They've just had the most successful year of their career - covers of Revolver, Alternative Press, Outburn, AMP and HM, played the Main Stage at Warped Tour, plus the Sounds of the Underground tour, saw their third album, With Roots Above and Branches Below, debut at #11 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums Charts and was nominated for a Golden God Award. So, what is The Devil Wears Prada going to do now...
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Nevertheless
They may have decided to call it quits last Fall, but Nevertheless is still thinking of their fans. Today, the band announced the re-release of their 2004 independently released debut EP, From The Inside Looking In to iTunes. Below is their email announcement... "Hello friends, In a land before time, long before Miley Cyrus was ever born, Nevertheless set out to do what no man had done before. To be more specific, it was 2004, and we did something that plenty of people had...
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*Friday, July 2nd, 2010*


Pax217
Five years ago, Forefront Records rock band PAX217 called it quits and played their last show. This past Monday, the guys reunited for the first time in years and announced on their official Facebook page, " Well...the PAX family is reuniting tonight for the 1st time in almost 5 years. I'm really looking forward to it. Wish us good times and say a prayer or two if you do that sort of thing :) -David." On Tuesday, the David posted a photo of the guys with their hands piled together...
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Andrew Peterson
Critically acclaimed singer/songwriter/author, Andrew Peterson, has been honored with his first Christy Award for Young Adult Fiction. His latest and third children’s book, North! Or Be Eaten (WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group) won at the 2010 awards ceremony in St. Louis, MO last weekend at the International Christian Retailing Show. Peterson was unable to attend the event as he was on tour in Sweden...
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Integrity Music is using the power of social media to connect music fans with worship artists and their music with the introduction of the leading-edge Tweet4Track program. Through the new Twitter application, accessible via @integritymusic on Twitter, and online at www.Tweet4Track.com, Integrity invites Twitter users to share new music discoveries with friends; and in turn, receive free music from the hottest Integrity Music projects...
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*Thursday, July 1st, 2010*


Trip Lee
Reach Records recording artist Trip Lee’s highly-anticipated third studio album, Between Two Worlds, has debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Top Christian Albums Chart and Top Gospel Albums Chart. In addition, the album landed at #58 on the Billboard Top 200, making it one of the week’s top-selling debuts in all genres. Within hours of the June 22nd release, Between Two Worlds debuted in...
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INO Records’ Dove nominated band Addison Road released their highly anticipated sophomore album Stories on June 22 and if the critics are any indication, Stories is exceeding everyone’s expectations...
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Amy Grant
When the holiday season comes around, music superstars Amy Grant and Vince Gill will embark on their fifth Christmas tour. The Twelve Days of Christmas Tour kicks off December 8 in Sarasota, FL and wraps with 2 shows in Nashville at the Ryman Auditorium. “Christmas audiences are special,” explains Grant. “They tend to involve the whole family, and their emotions are a wonderful mix of anticipation and reverence. It’s a thrilling...
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Bebo Norman
On the heels of his 2010 Dove Award, Bebo Norman has just finished his seventh studio project with award-winning producer Jason Ingram. Bebo Norman will release his album, Ocean, on September 28th on BEC Recordings marking his second studio release with the label. This week the album cover as well as the debut single “Here Goes” will be available exclusively for his ‘fans’ on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/bebonorman). Fans can go to his Facebook page, or if you are a new fan...
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Abandon Kansas
Although they are one of Alternative Press Magazine’s “Bands You Need To Know in 2010” Abandon Kansas is already looking forward to 2011 as they've already hit the studio to begin work on their next CD release with producer Mark Lee Townsend (Relient K, Deas Vail, House of Heroes). This indie pop/rock act will surprise you with their sincerity with every listen to their latest EP release, We're All Going Somewhere...
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Building429
Back by popular demand, Building 429’s Annual Summerfest Tour kicks off July 6 in Dodge City, Kansas with the support of Christian radio partners in each market. This year the tour is partnering with Food for the Hungry, and also features the talents of Britt Nicole, Mikeschair and special guests Finding Favour. After ending a month-long Canadian tour in June, headlining act Building 429 recently traveled to Haiti joining Food For The Hungry...
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On May 28th, Australian-born Ray Nainggolan (aka Ray & Co) was stopped upon arrival at San Francisco International Airport en route to Logan International Airport in Boston, Massachusetts. He was questioned as he passed through customs with AU$3,000 in cash and two guitars. U.S. officials detained him for seven hours and asked hundreds of questions, finally concluding that Ray could not proceed any further into the U.S. due to the nature of his visa...
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Maylene And The Sons Of Disaster
Ferret Records recording artist Maylene & the Sons of Disaster are set to release a limited edition, two song, hand numbered 7’’ July 27th. The piece features the songs "Where the Saints Roam" and "Cheap Thrills Cost the Most" as well as a digital deluxe version of their album III. That will have both b-sides as well as the video for the hit song Step Up (I'm On It). Preorders include the brand new 7" as well as an exclusive new shirt. Click here for more info - http://ferretrecords.merchnow.com/search/?q=Maylene+And+The...
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Go Fish
Acclaimed family entertainers Go Fish return August 10 with Kickin’ It Old School (gfk Records), the group’s first new recording in two years. Produced by Go Fish’s Jamie Statema, along with Darren Rust and Scott Williamson, Kickin’ It Old School is designed to show kids that “your grandparents’ music is cooler than you think,” bringing the group’s signature arrangements to nine popular hymns, as well as the original title-cut...
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Austins Bridge made their debut appearance on Nashville’s Fox 17 TN Mornings this week. The duo performed “Love Is On The Way” from their new CD, Times Like These that was produced by Jay DeMarcus of Rascal Flatts. Following the performance, Justin Rivers and Jason Baird were interviewed by the show’s co-hosts, Kelly Sutton and Shane Tallant...
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Facedown's Onward to Olympas are heading out with Solid State's Becoming the Archetype and To Speak of Wolves (Aug 10-15) for a late summer tour. The Bring Your Own Bowl Cut Tour will run from July 29th to August 15th and Becoming the Archetype will be handing out a free shirt each night to the person with the best bowl cut...
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Four time SESAC “Songwriter of the Year” Regie Hamm has an undisputed track record of musical genius—never more evident than in the presentation of his newest CD release, “Set It On Fire.” Just released in June from Tate Music Group, “Set It On Fire” marks a collection of ‘life milestones’ set to music. A hit artist, producer, and songwriter with multi-Dove and Grammy® Award nominations, Regie Hamm has to date penned 21 #1 hits...
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