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July, 2014


*Thursday, July 31, 2014*

From suicide attempts, drug use and physical abuse to finding faith and purpose, Lacey Sturm gets real in her upcoming book "The Reason - How I Discovered a Life Worth Living," set to hit shelves in October (Baker Books). In her personal story, the former Flyleaf singer shares her journey from atheism to salvation and how she found faith on the day she planned to end her life...
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Andrew Peterson
The reviewers are raving about Andrew Peterson's fourth and final book in the Wingfeather Saga series, The Warden and the Wolf King. The project has just been honored as World Magazine's 2014 Children's Book of the Year and announced in the publication's August 9th issue. "Our selection committee members were considering several worthy titles when I received a copy of The Warden and the Wolf King," explains Janie B. Cheaney, Senior Writer at World Magazine...
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The successful release of War of Ages' sixth studio album "Supreme Chaos" is now followed up with a video for the lead single "From Ashes", shot on location in Girard, PA and Westfield, NY by Matt Spencer...
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Justin McRoberts
Indie acoustic artist Justin McRoberts is keeping his summer busy finishing up a brand new book, his second one to date, "currently titled Title Pending: Things I Think About When I Make Stuff." About the project, Justin says, "The book is focused on various aspects of the creative process...
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Grammy Award winner SMOKIE NORFUL begins a week of appearances and performances as part of a full-scale promotional tour for his new album FOREVER YOURS. Norful, best known for his award-winning, crossover hit "I Need You Now," returns with FOREVER YOURS, his first all-new studio album in 8 years...
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Customary has released a brand new music video for his song "Fear" from his new album, Compassion. About the song, Customary writes: "I have limited myself for years because of self consciousness and fear of being in front of people, fear of rapping while being a white middle class young man, fear of being laughed at for what I do, etc. But scripture tells us that perfect love casts out fear and that Jesus's sacrifice is that perfect...
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*Wednesday, July 30, 2014*

House Of Heroes
House of Heroes are prepping for the release of a new indie EP on August 19th, titled Smoke -- the first release without Gotee Records since their national debut in 2005 -- but they're already working on a new full-length album. To make it happen without a label, they need the fans' help and they've launched an IndieGoGo campaign...
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Founder of the Passion Movement and Passion City Church Pastor and Visionary Architect Louie Giglio will usher in the Advent season this fall with his new devotional and resource - "Waiting Here For You: An Advent Journey of Hope" (Passion Publishing) - available starting in early September...
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Dove Award-winning singer/songwriter and speaker Cheri Keaggy will provide music on the upcoming Wit & Wisdom Cruise, along with New York Times best-selling author Dr. Kevin Leman, international speaker and author Dr. Luis Palau and comedian Dennis Swanberg. The cruise, scheduled to set sail February 22 through March 1, 2015, will depart from Ft. Lauderdale on a seven-day Eastern Caribbean journey to the Virgin Islands...
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Ant Coughlin has debuted a new animated music video from "Light Rooms, Dark Halls" with production by Wes Pendleton and cuts by DJ Average Joe...
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*Tuesday, July 29, 2014*

Skillet
Billboard.com said it best when they asked, "Only one question remains: which fan army is the strongest?" as they launched their Fan Army Face-Off, a bracket-style tournament in which various fan armies have squared off to prove that they are unequivocally the loudest voices in the pop sphere. GRAMMY®-nominated and platinum selling rockers Skillet's fan base, The Panheads, were chosen by Billboard when the music industry's leading trade outlet rounded up 32 of the most notable fan armies today. Through five rounds, fans themselves have determined which fan armies stride forward or fall by the wayside...
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Lauren Daigle
Centricity Music's newest artist, Lauren Daigle, is living up to the high expectations for her new single, "How Can It Be." The song is currently No. 2 New and Active on both of Billboard's AC charts and No. 42 on the NCA chart. It's a strong list of stations playing the single, including such powerhouses as; KSBJ/Houston, TX, KLTY/Dallas, TX, SOS Network/Las Vegas, NV, JOY FM Network/Sarasota, FL and Atlanta, GA, WONU/Tulsa, OK, WBSN/New Orleans, LA, WDTC/Birmingham, AL and WHPZ/South Bend, IN. The song is available on iTunes and Amazon. "How Can It Be" is resonating with Christian music fans online, "love her voice," "Lauren is a total inspiration," "simply beautiful," "this woman's music has been used by God to guide me thru grief, loss, restoration, and newness...
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Mandisa
GRAMMY® Award winner Mandisa announced the upcoming release of her first ever full remix album, Get Up: The Remixes, set to debut September 16. The album will feature remixes of her biggest hits including "Overcomer," "Stronger" and "Good Morning," all three of which Mandisa has performed on ABC's Good Morning America. The 11-track album puts an upbeat spin on Mandisa's hits, encouraging fans to Get Up and move, whether they...
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Unspoken
Centricity Music's modern-pop band, Unspoken, is enjoying tremendous success with its first single from the their self-titled full album. "Start A Fire," has jumped into the Top Five on three of Billboard's Christian Singles charts, with the song at No. 2 for the fifth week at AC Indicator, No. 4 at AC Monitored and No. 5 on the NCA chart. "Start A Fire" has locked up all Hot AC/CHR stations and is No. 6 on the chart. The music video for "Start A Fire" is also connecting with fans online and the reviews are stellar. "More people need to hear this song!," "Awesome words," and "Love this song...
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Last year the BEC Recordings' All Things New released their full-length self-titled label debut to much acclaim and fan praise. The band also spent 2013 touring with Newsboys and the Rhett Walker Band and this year the quartet spent time on the road with Francesca Battistelli and Sanctus Real. All Things New also found time among their touring schedule to record their EP that releases today titled Attic Sessions. Click here to purchase Attic Sessions now...
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A new version of "People Get Ready…Jesus Is Coming," the debut single from Crystal Lewis' upcoming CD, 25, is being made available to A/C and INSPO Christian radio stations today. The single, a variation of the remix made available July 17 that featured additional rap lyrics in the bridge by Propaganda, is being serviced to stations by A-Sides Radio Promotion...
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Our Hearts Hero has released a brand new music single and lyric video for the band's rendition of the classic hymn "Jesus Paid it All". You can check it out on iTunes...
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Family Force 5
Alternative Pop/Rock band Family Force 5 premieres for the first time its highly anticipated, first studio album in three years, Time Stands Still, releasing Aug. 5 from Word Entertainment. Beginning today and through Aug. 4, fans can stream all 15 songs on the acclaimed new album for free one full week before release, as well as pre-order the album, through Amazon.com...
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TFK
Modern rock favorite THOUSAND FOOT KRUTCH is set to release its first new studio album in over two years, OXYGEN:INHALE, Aug. 26 with marketing, sales and distribution through The Fuel Music into all territories worldwide except Europe, where it releases through Hassle Records. Prior to the release of the highly anticipated recording, the band is offering the lead single and upcoming music video, "Born This Way," as an Instant Grat Track download beginning today through an exclusive album pre-order campaign at iTunes...
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Swoope has debuted he second single from Sinema featuring Dre Murray, Yaves Ellis, Tedashii, JGivens, & John Givez. "#SameTeam is a song that highlights unity across the industry. Brand and accolades should not matter if the King...
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Worship House Media has announced that Yancy, Christian music’s reigning queen of diversity, has been named the recipient of the 2014 Producer Award for "Kids Video of the Year.” Yancy won for her video of the Chris Tomlin-penned song, “Our God,” which is featured on her 2013 album release...
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*Monday, July 28, 2014*

Relient K
Relient K announces the special "Mmhmm 10th Anniversary Tour" this fall with special guests Blondefire and From Indian Lakes. This tour will begin on October 30 in Louisville, KY and run through December 12 in Nashville, TN. Tickets will go on sale this Friday, August 1st through Ticketmaster...
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Danny Gokey
BMG Recording Artist Danny Gokey is partnering with the Gospel Music Association (GMA) and Christian radio to launch the 'Danny Gokey Getaway Contest' awarding a total of nine grand prize winners with a trip for two to the 45th Dove Awards with Gokey on October 7 in Nashville, Tenn. Fans have two ways to enter either through participating stations or DannyGokey.com...
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Author and popular pastor Jamie Snyder is on a mission to disprove the perception that God's favorite words are 'Thou Shall Not,' encouraging readers to swap passive avoidance of sin for lives of active faith. Releasing Thou Shall: Freedom to Strip Away the "Nots" and Discover What God Really Wants September 1 from David C Cook, Snyder makes the argument that many...
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After the success of their first concept video, Brian Free and Assurance has recently been back behind the camera again, diligently working on the release of the group's second such effort for the increasingly-popular song "Say Amen...
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For The Fatherless, the self-titled debut from singer/songwriters and worship leaders Brian and Christa Yak, bows tomorrow. Offering Hope for all who have lost or not known an earthly father, the husband/wife duo celebrates the ultimate healing found in God’s love...
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*Saturday, July 26, 2014*

Esterlyn
Esterlyn is readying a brand new studio album, titled Love, for release on August 19. But in the meantime, the band wants to give you their previous album, Woven as a free gift! For just 2 weeks, you can head on over to Noisetrade to download a free copy of Woven. Check it out here: http://noisetrade.com/esterlyn...
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*Friday, July 25, 2014*

Kari Jobe
Leading worship is Kari Jobe's heart's desire. Making His name known is the focus of her latest worship album Majestic and The Majestic Tour 2014. Following an impact-driven Spring tour and international "Nights of Worship" summertime concerts, Kari Jobe is not slowing down. She and special guest Warren Barfield are embarking on the 20-concert Fall leg of The Majestic Tour...
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Francesca Battistelli
GRAMMY®-nominated, "Artist of the Year" Dove Award winner and Christian Music's best-selling new artist in 10 years, Francesca Battistelli released her second single, "He Knows My Name," from her third consecutive No. 1-selling studio album, If We're Honest, from Fervent Records. The single follows Battistelli's No. 1 hit from the album, "Write Your Story," and already has an impressive 50 stations supporting it in its first week at radio...
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Crystal Lewis offers a new arrangement of the "People Get Ready," which was written by Brian Ray, with additional bridge lyrics by Propaganda and music by Peace 586. The song will be included on 25, the singer's upcoming CD, which celebrates Lewis' 25 years in ministry with 25 of her top songs...
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*Thursday, July 24, 2014*

Lecrae
Lecrae, the critically-acclaimed Grammy-award winning hip-hop artist has launched the pre-order for his seventh studio album, Anomaly. Featuring guest artists Andy Mineo, Kari Jobe, for King and Country and Crystal Nicole, the album is available now as a pre-order at the iTunes store, on Amazon and at Merchline. Fans will receive two new songs from Anomaly, "Fear" and the first single, "Nuthin," as a free MP3 download with the pre-order through iTunes and Merchline. Anomaly has already impressively landed at #1 on the iTunes Hip-Hop chart and #2...
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The indie songwriter collaboration, Golden Youth, will release their EP, The Cabin, via Slospeak Records on Tuesday July 29. As spring wrapped up earlier this year and summer crept in, Golden Youth headed to a secluded cabin in the Smoky Mountains to write and record. Surrounded by nature, Stephanie and Kyle immersed themselves in its beauty and inspiration. What they created is more honest and raw than ever...
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When Colossus released their debut album critics said: “If Time & Eternal is just the beginning, we could be looking at a long career for Colossus.” Now Colossus is building on that foundation with their sophomore album “Badlands”, out September 16. “Badlands” combines the ambition and spirit of the band’s debut with their progressive hardcore aesthetic and an ambience relatively new to their sound...
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Andrew Peterson
It was a fun-filled evening on July 22nd, when Parnassus Books in Nashville, TN hosted a book signing for award-winning author Andrew Peterson on the release date of the fourth and final book of his Wingfeather Saga series, The Warden and the Wolf King (Rabbit Room Press). The store was packed with fans and attendees even spilled out onto the sidewalk for a block outside the store. Illustrator Joe Sutphin was on hand to discuss the process of creating his art for the book, and many fans dressed up as characters from the books for the costume contest. Peterson also delighted the attendees by reading a chapter from...
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Phillip LaRue
"Whiskey in my Water," performed by Tyler Farr and co-written by Razor & Tie Music Publishing's Phillip LaRue and songwriter John Ozier, has hit number one on the Country radio chart. The song, which has also been certified Gold by the RIAA, is Larue's first country number one. Artist Tyler Farr explains that the song "just came out" while the three were together at a writing retreat in East Tennessee, "It's a guy's redneck way of saying how much his girl means to him - he tells her 'you're the whiskey in my water, and the moon in my shine...
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Chonda Pierce
David W. Pierce, husband of Christian comedian Chonda Pierce, is being remembered this week as a devoted and loving husband and father, gifted teacher, accomplished writer, and creative storyteller who passionately loved the pursuit of God and the sharing of the spiritual values he discovered in living everyday life. A community of family and friends –both close—and those connected worldwide through Chonda’ s ongoing series over the past three weeks of heartfelt updates through social media were saddened by the news...
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Adam, Luke and Levi Klutinoty, three brothers hailing from the working class town of Butler, PA and collectively known as About A Mile, released their anticipated, self-titled debut last week from Word Entertainment. This week, About A Mile, whose name originates from the belief that Jesus carried his cross "about a mile," has the bestselling album debut in their genre for a new artist this year, and hit No. 4 on iTunes' Christian/Gospel album chart. With a chemistry and accomplished artistry that is garnering wide critical acclaim, About A Mile's music and lyrics speak to members of all faiths about the suffering then triumph...
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*Wednesday, July 23, 2014*

Project 86
After the success of 2012's critically acclaimed Wait For the Siren, Project 86 is busy finishing up recording their ninth full length album. This time around, P86 has enlisted the talents of producer/engineer Matt Mclellan (Underoath, Norma Jean, The Devil Wears Prada) and mixer Steve Evetts (Every Time I Die, The Dillinger Escape Plan)...
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For Today
For Today announces Fall tour with headliner We Came As Romans and other supporting acts The Color Morale, Crossfaith and Palisades. The tour kicks off September 11th in Lansing, MI. The band is currently finishing up a main stage run on the 2014 Van's Warped Tour. Also released today is a new live video from For Today for the song "Pariah"- Watch Now HERE. The footage is from the 2014 Warped Tour...
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Stryper
Stryper is back with their latest release, a live CD/DVD combination called Live At The Whisky. The live recording will be available on September 23rd via Frontiers Records and is a must have for any fan. The concert was recorded at a sold-out show last November at the famous Whisky a Go Go on Sunset Blvd. The 16-track collection documents the band’s first show in support of their latest critically acclaimed release, No More Hell To Pay. From the show opener “Legacy...
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Show Hope
It was five years ago this month that Show Hope, the orphan care ministry founded by Steven Curtis Chapman and his wife Mary Beth, officially opened the doors of Maria's Big House of Hope, their first Special Care Center. Maria's Big House of Hope, named after the Chapman's youngest daughter Maria Sue, is located in Luoyang, China, a city of more than six million people...
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*Tuesday, July 22, 2014*

Switchfoot
Tonight, Switchfoot will be playing the Late Late show with Craig Ferguson on CBS! Be sure to tune in (12:35am/11:35pm central) and check it out. The band is also excited to announce that their movie Fading West will be airing on Netflix starting August 1st and Fuel TV in Australia on July 27th! If you just can't wait till then, you can also purchase a copy through iTunes HERE...
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Smalltown Poets
Former Forefront Records pop rock band Smalltown Poets is back in the studio recording their second career Christmas album. The band returned from a 7-year hiatus in 2011 with Smalltown Poets Christmas, after last having released their one and only album with BEC Recordings (It's Later Than It's Ever Been) in 2004. In 2012, the guys followed their holiday album with an EP of all-new (non-seasonal) songs, Under The New Sun...
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Save the City Records partners with Prolegend Records to introduce the Southwest-based urban supergroup "Red Coalescence." "We've sought high and low for incredible talent worldwide, and Red Coalescence sums up what we believe is the future of Christian music," said Derek Hoiem CEO of Save the City Records. Red Coalescence is a hip-hop trio, comprised of the three music veterans: producer David "Madik the General" Lucero, lyricist Isaiah "Omit the Ticket" Tullis, and Ivan "Illusent the Painter" Barry. Madik owns "Madik Nnovation Studio" one of the premier recording studios in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Omit is the son of a New York based preacher, and Illusent...
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The wait is over! "Supreme Chaos," the brand new release from War of Ages is out today! Pick it up on iTunes, Amazon MP3, or at the Facedown merch store. "Supreme Chaos" is the sixth studio album for War of Ages and this newest album is their most potent yet. On "Supreme Chaos" the band steps into deconstruction territory, approaching the recording process with a structured plan of "writing metal songs, ripping them apart, and adding powerful new elements." Recorded with Josh Barber at Covenant Studios...
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JoC
Jars of Clay continues to celebrate the 20 year anniversary since the release of their first album, the independently released Frail in 1994, with special online concert performances. The next one will be held on July 29 on StageIt.com. This one will feature songs from their 2005 hymns album, Redemption Songs. Also, on August 19th, a brand new 20-song project called 20 will feature 18 fan-picked songs re-recorded acoustically by the band with 2 brand new songs as well...
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Following the success of his number one iTunes/Amazon Hip Hop album, 'The Good Fight,' God Over Money artist Bizzle is set to release his latest project ‘Well Wishes’ July 22. While touring throughout Africa, Bizzle became concerned about what he'd drink. "Everyone was telling me don't drink the water, don't eat the vegetation, and to shower with my back to the faucet, Bizzle said. "Water in Africa is important to me now, because it wasn't important to me before. God dealt with me about the fact that I was only concerned about clean water in Africa when it affected me...
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DREAM Worship is excited to announce the release of The Sound Of Jesus, the debut album by Aaron Bagwell. The Sound Of Jesus is an honest and heartfelt spirit-filled album sure to encourage and uplight your day. With songs like "My Everything" and "Saving Grace" this album is a must have in your library and at your church. Purchase the the album on iTunes here! You can also text AARON to 51555 to purchase the album...
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Award-winning comedian Bone Hampton will appear on ABC's The View this Thursday, July 24. Hampton will perform his lauded stand-up routine during the show's Sherri's Comedy Corner segment. The appearance marks Hampton's fourth appearance on The View - twice as a host on "Guy Day Friday," Co-Host during "Male Best Friend" Day, and once during Joy's Comedy Corner...
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Kierra Sheard releases her highly anticipated album, GRACELAND, today, July 22. The newest judge on BET's 7th season of "Sunday Best" gets personal on GRACELAND and shares her ongoing inner battle between self-conviction and condemnation. Gail Mitchell from Billboard states, "Sheard's triumph over turmoil ultimately triggered what is arguably her best and most versatile work to date. GRACELAND brims with self-introspection and lessons learned...
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Good Fruit Co. is proud to announce their very first release: Laus Deo. The project is set to release on September 9, 2014. The concept: Colossians 3:16 - "Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God." The word "hymn" doesn't normally spark excitement within modern church culture. Many churches dismiss hymns as either being ancient religious mantras or having antiquated music structures...
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"Born To Run," the new single from singer/songwriter Eva Kroon Pike's current CD, Love Is All About You, is being released to Christian radio today. The song, written by Pike and veteran Christian hit songwriter Don Koch, is being serviced to Christian AC and Soft AC/INSPO-formatted stations...
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*Monday, July 21, 2014*

John Schlitt
The first Christmas project ever recorded by Grammy and Dove Award winning vocalist John Schlitt, one of the most distinctive voices in Christian music, will be available September 2 through Send The Light Distribution and Munce Group Stores. Schlitt's The Christmas Project will also be available in Family Christian Stores, Lifeway Christian Stores and others, for the 2014 holiday season...
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Forerunner Music is happy to announce the upcoming release for International House of Prayer (IHOPKC) worship leader, Jonas Park, and his long-time songwriting collaborator, David Bollmann. The pair will release a six-song EP, Forward that features all new material and spotlights their contemporary worship style. Parks/Bollman compositions have appeared on several Forerunner Music releases in recent years, and have become anthems among the IHOPKC community...
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Willet's new album, Searchlight, was written as a "Community Worship Album" touching on themes not typically discussed in congregational settings (see this blog post). The writing process included a Multi-Denominational Pastoral Panel to review the lyrical content for theological accuracy...
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Customary's new video for "Hanging On," is about what happens when you pursue a lustful relationship. You can run away from it, but as soon as you let your guard down, it can come back and keep you hanging on in an instant. Don't just run, live according to the Word and overcome. "Hanging On" is from Customary's upcoming release, Compassion, that is releasing July 29th...
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Remedy Drive
Fuel Music, one of the leading independent distributors of Christian music, CD's, tapes and vinyl records internationally, releases REVERENCE: An Offering worldwide Aug. 5. Fuel has gathered together 18 artists who are offering 19 songs, including 17 never-before-released tracks, for the album. This newly created brand focusing on song/artist discovery and inspired by Hebrews 12:28 features recordings by such lauded artists as Martin Smith...
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Keno Camp and Trendency Records are at it again with another infectious banger for your ears! On the heels of the song "Obey" from their debut album "Riot," Keno Camp has recorded a brand new promo single as a "thank you" to all those who have supported the group to date. "On 'Em" is a lyrical bomb from this talented Compton...
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*Friday, July 18, 2014*

toby
Five-time GRAMMY® Winner TobyMac has announced the "Worship, Stories & Songs Tour" which will hit the road this fall and will feature Matt Maher and Ryan Stevenson. TobyMac, who is renown for his live performances, will bring together the three artists in a night of fellowship in intimate venues and musical settings across the country. The "Worship, Stories & Songs Tour" will be a totally different TobyMac show, a time where it's not about the lights, smoke or big stage. Instead, it will be more intimate and personal, a "storyteller's night" where Toby will share where the songs came from...
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"More Than Enough," the new single from singer/songwriter Jason Bare's current release, Love Is Alive, made the list of Most Added Songs on the Billboard Soft AC chart for the issue date of July 19...
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*Thursday, July 17, 2014*

Natalie Grant
Curb recording artist Natalie Grant is enjoying an extraordinary summer, highlighted by the long anticipated premiere of the new One Media, LLC/Millennium Entertainment motion picture, Persecuted, set for national release tomorrow, July 18th. Produced by multiple Oscar®-winner Gray Frederickson (The Godfather Trilogy, Apocalypse Now) and writer/director Daniel Lusko, the faith-based action-thriller sees the award-winning singer/songwriter in a supporting role alongside James Remar, Bruce Davison, Dean Stockwell, Gretchen Carlson, and Fred Thompson. For additional details, including nationwide theatre information, please see www.Persecutedmovie.com...
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As a society we struggle with valuing fame and fortune over everything else. On "Celebrity," HillaryJane and guest Thi'sl bring listeners a satirical banger about possessions that can't fulfill our desire for true happiness. Pounding drums from the production of Grammy Award winning duo 808XEliTE set the tone and help drive the point home. The debut EP, 'Stix and Stones' by HillaryJane, releases via Infiltrate Music on July 29th. You can buy "Celebrity" on iTunes now or pre-order the EP and get 3 singles immediately...
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Anberlin
Stream Anberlin's album "Lowborn" for free now** on Pandora Premieres! Lowborn comes out next tuesday. You can still Pre-Order the album by itself or as part of a bundle (including vinyl!) at the Tooth & Nail Online Store or at iTunes...
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The Choir
MXL Microphones, Marshall Electronics, and StreamVu have partnered with The Choir, a GRAMMY®-nominated band based in Nashville, and Russ Long, one of the music industry's most respected recording engineers, to stream live while the band records its upcoming live album. For the first time, fans will have a real time, behind-the-scenes glimpse of the creative process as The Choir lays down tracks in front of a live audience...
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Another member from the W.L.A.K. crew is set to release an album via Collision Records on August 5th. Swoope recently wrapped up recording his latest release Sinema. Sinema is his third project and features the single & video "LSD" featuring Christon Gray. Watch the "LSD" music video at YouTube...
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The lead single from Ant Coughlin's "Light Rooms, Dark Halls" features Tragic Hero, production by Wes Pendleton, and cuts by DJ Average Joe. "Thru the Floor," featuring Tragic Hero, acts as a follow up/continuation of the previous song. The first verse is written from the perspective...
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Christian Copyright Solutions (CCS) announces the signing of Jesus Culture Music to a music administration agreement for the copyright management of their popular worship song catalog. CCS's INDIEadmin service will provide easy online licensing for Jesus Culture songs and sound recordings. Jesus Culture Music's highly anticipated new worship recording, Unstoppable Love, released last month and was recorded live during Jesus Culture...
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Loftland
The Wisconsin quartet Loftland released their debut album on DREAM Records 'I Don't Want To Dance' earlier this year. The next single to be taken from the new record will be 'Let's Make It Loud', which is now available. The guys have been busy during the summer festival season performing in front of thousands of fans and will continue their run after with Shonlock and Abandon...
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*Wednesday, July 16, 2014*

Colton Dixon
This week 19 Recordings' Dove Award-winning artist and Season 11 American Idol finalist, COLTON DIXON premiered his new music video for his single "More of You." This single is from his forthcoming August 19th sophomore album Anchor (19/Capitol CMG). In addition to the music video debut, fans can now pre-order the album digitally at iTunes here: smarturl.it/Anchor. For his sophomore effort, he co-wrote with renowned songwriters and artists such as Trevor McNevan (TFK), Matthew West, TobyMac...
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Singer/Songwriter Anthony Evans releases his second Christian Adult Contemporary single and new music video today for the track, "I Found You," off his chart-topping album Real Life/Real Worship. "I Found You," which Evans co-wrote with Dove Award-wining songstress Cindy Morgan, is Evan's highest debuting single on the Billboard Christian Hot AC chart securing the #26 spot for the week of July 14, 2014...
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Mouth of the South release a lyric video for "Blind Guides" today, the second single from the upcoming debut album "Struggle Well." Vocalist Josiah Lyle says: "Blind Guides to me is a response to all the anti-religion/ anti-Christianity music I hear in today's culture...
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*Tuesday, July 15, 2014*

War Of Ages
The Facedown Records 2014 summer sampler is now available for download and contains 9 tracks from their most recent releases including two singles from unreleased albums and a super exclusive song from Colossus. Singles from Mouth of the South and War of Ages appear on the sampler from unreleased and upcoming albums...
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This week, Drew Holcomb (of Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors and husband of solo artist Ellie Holcomb) released a brand new acoustic solo album titled 10 Years, 10 Songs, Solo Acoustic. Check out Drew's announcement of the project...
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Lecrae
Grammy Award-Winning Artist Lecrae, Premier Productions, and Live Nation announce The Anomaly Tour featuring Lecrae with special guests Andy Mineo and DJ Promote. Tickets for Lecrae's fall 2014 The Anomaly Tour go on sale Friday, July 25. The nation-wide tour kicks off in Houston on October 3. "Lecrae has always been an innovator and trailblazer in our industry," explains Dan Rauter of William Morris Endeavor Entertainment...
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Hip-hop/alternative artist Nate Feurerstein, who performs and records as "NF," is Capitol CMG Label Group's most recent signing and most compelling new talent. Debuting the music video today for his first single "All I Have," the song will be available on July 22 at all digital outlets and featured on NF's self-titled EP, releasing August 5th...
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A highly-anticipated remix of "People Get Ready…Jesus Is Coming," the No. 1 song from CCM pioneer Crystal Lewis is being released today as the debut single from the multi-Dove Award winner's upcoming CD. The song, which was the No. 1 song at Christian radio in 1996, is being serviced to Christian CHR and Urban Gospel radio stations by A-Sides Radio Promotion. "This has long been one of my favorite songs to perform live, as the message remains relevant to each and every generation...
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Heavy metal newcomers, DARKNESS DIVIDED, will release their Victory Records debut album, Written In Blood, on August 19th. Written In Blood is an 11-track assault of deeply penetrating, sometimes chaotic, sometimes melodic, but always brutalizing metal core riffage coupled with crushing rhythmic breakdowns and Gerard Mora's thunderously demanding vocals. Driven by faith and fueled by conviction, DARKNESS DIVIDED are on a mission to prove that through suffering comes salvation...
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TFK
Modern rock favorite THOUSAND FOOT KRUTCH launches its debut radio single, "Born This Way," from the band's first new studio album in over two years, OXYGEN:INHALE. Premiering on Loudwire.com today at http://loudwire.com/thousand-foot-krutch-born-this-way-exclusive-song-premiere, the single goes for radio adds July 22 as the album is set to release independently worldwide Aug. 26 on TFK Music and with marketing, sales and distribution through Fuel Music...
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Family Force 5
Known for electrifying crowds worldwide with its unique blend of dance and rock, Family Force 5 will be taking new music from its first studio album in three years, Time Stands Still, along with fan favorites on the road with Newsboys and 7eventh Time Down. The 28-city "We Believe Fall Tour" begins Sept. 18 in Memphis (Germantown, TN) and traverses the country before wrapping up Nov. 16 in Youngstown, OH...
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About A Mile
Three brothers hailing from the working class town of Butler, PA, collectively About A Mile, make their anticipated, self-titled debut today from Word Entertainment. About A Mile, whose name originates from the belief that Jesus carried his cross "about a mile," may be new on the charts, but brothers Adam, Luke and Levi Klutinoty, have a chemistry and accomplished artistry that is garnering wide critical acclaim as the trio's music and lyrics speak to members of all faiths about the suffering then triumph of a crucified and risen Christ. See a compelling...
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*Monday, July 14, 2014*

Heath McNease
Hardworking Hip Hop artist Heath McNease has launched an IndieGoGo campaign to raise funds for a new film and album, both titled Fort Wayne. Fort Wayne is a 40 minute film about Heath McNease's experience touring in the frozen midwest. About the project, Heath writes: My Name is Heath McNease. I'm a full time recording and touring musician. I am on the road more than 200 days a year. I've recorded 10 albums in the last 3 years. I am a singer/songwriter as well as a hip hop artist. I play in churches, clubs, bars, colleges, parking lots, coffee shops, and anywhere else people will have me...
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Hillsong
Hillsong Worship released No Other Name recently to chart topping numbers receiving their highest debut in their 26 years of releasing an annual live project. No Other Name debuted on the Billboard Top 200 at No. 13 its first week in the U.S. and at No. 1 on the Billboard Christian/Gospel album chart. As the highest debut from the Hillsong Worship brand, the album also debuted No. 1 on the Christian Gospel Albums...
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Anthony Evans
Tuesday July 15, 2014 on CBN's The 700 Club, pop-gospel artist Anthony Evans will sit down with Pat Robertson and Wendy Griffith to discuss his faith, reaching out to the unchurched, and his current gig as Talent Producer for the hit singing competition, The Voice. Evans will also perform a song from his new CD Real Life/Real Worship. The 700 Club airs live on Tuesday July 15, 2014...
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Carman
With multiple sell-outs under his belt on the first leg of his new tour, Christian Music Trailblazer and Platinum-Selling Recording Artist Carman heads back out on the road this week for the summer set of stops on his 'Live Across America Presents: No Plan B Tour.' Just in time for this run, Carman releases his new lyric video for the song "Yes Yes" from his 'No Plan B' album...
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*Friday, July 11, 2014*

Anberlin
Anberlin have announced the date and location of the band's final live performance as a band. Anberlin's final show will be held on Wednesday, November 26 at the House of Blues in Orlando. Tickets are now on sale. Check out the band's official announcement and final tour dates below. Anberlin's final album, Lowborn, releases July 22 via Tooth & Nail Records. "Hello friends, it is with simultaneously heavy hearts and a spirit of celebration that we have announced our final show ever...
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*Thursday, July 10, 2014*

Schematic, the solo project from Mae frontman Dave Elkins, has debuted a new video for his song "Stand" today with Vevo.com. The song is featured on his debut album, Color (n.) Inside The Lines, which was released by Seattle based indie label Spartan Records in late 2013. The record is currently available digitally from iTunes...
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Bestselling author, popular speaker and recording artist Kelly Minter releases Wherever The River Runs: How A Forgotten People Renewed My Hope In The Gospel, August 1 from David C. Cook. Already receiving endorsements for the book from such acclaimed authors and artists as Beth Moore, Ann Voskamp, Jen Hatmaker, Stuart Townend...
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Hall of Fame vocalist and five-time Grammy winner, Larnelle Harris, will receive the 2014 Kentucky Governor's Artist Award in a public ceremony in the Capitol Rotunda in Frankfort, Kentucky this October. The prestigious award is given to Kentuckians who have made significant contributions to the arts in the Commonwealth, across the country, and around the globe...
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*Wednesday, July 9, 2014*

Amy Grant
Six-time GRAMMY® Award winner Amy Grant is already receiving amazing response from DJs around the country for the remixed version of "Baby, Baby" as it takes the No. 1 Breakout spot on Billboard's Hot Dance Club Play chart this week. GRAMMY®-nominated producer, DJ and remixer, Dave Audé, put a new spin on the hit, which originally topped the Billboard Hot 100 Chart for two consecutive weeks in 1991...
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Satellites & Sirens
Satellites & Sirens is proud to announce their first cover song contest for their hit single, "Jump Start My Heart". With the recent success of their single doing well at radio, their new album launch One Noise and a busy touring schedule, the guys took time out to invite their fans to submit versions of the song by recording their own style of it on video. The top 10 most viewed videos will be entered to win 1 of 5 prizes that include anything from a pair of tom shoes, live chats, autograph copies of One Noise...
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Getty Music Touring has announced that the 2014 tour of Joy - An Irish Christmas with Keith and Kristyn Getty and friends will include a one-night-only performance at the world-renowned Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall in New York City on December 17. The concert marks the couple's debut appearance in the famed venue and follows a sold-out performance of their Hymns for the Christian Life concert in Manhattan last fall...
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The 20 year old Houston native singer/rapper HillaryJane follows up his her debut single "Chimneys" with a song about being confident in being truly different...
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As part of the roll out for Smokie Norful's forthcoming release, FOREVER YOURS, Tre'Myles Music/ Motown Gospel, is offering a pre-order incentive for the ultimate Smokie Norful fan. "The Forever Yours CD" bundle (in digital and physical formats) is now available for pre-order on www.smokienorful.com...
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*Tuesday, July 8, 2014*

for King & Country
Featured on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno as a debut artist, gathering "New Artist of the Year" and "Breakthrough Artist of the Year" awards, and having the top-selling debut release from 2012 in its genre, for KING & COUNTRY launches into its next season with a new album and major market, 40-city fall tour. Comprised of brothers Joel and Luke, the duo embarks on their "YOU MATTER - THE TOUR" Sept. 14 in Nashville (Franklin, TN) in support of their sophomore release, RUN WILD. LIVE FREE. LOVE STRONG., the highly-anticipated album releasing Sept. 16 and available now for pre-order on iTunes...
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BEC Recordings announces a new addition to their roster with the signing of female pop artist Shuree. The Chicago-based artist's label debut "Be The Change" will be releasing this fall. Shuree's music is geared to inspire young people to live passionately, purposefully and powerfully for God in today's society...
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Christian music's renowned singer, songwriter, producer, and worship leader, Don Moen, announced today the launch of a new charity, Worship In Action. Formerly known as Don Moen and Friends, Worship In Action is a Nashville, TN based charity that has a long-range plan to provide hope for the poor...
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Heather Letto, author of the new young adult fiction book entitled Impervious (Bookfish), is offering readers a chance to download her entire book for free, one chapter each day,during the month of August. Additionally, Letto has created a bible study that is also available for free. The study guide expands on the topic of heaven that the fictional tale of the city of Impervious represents. Letto says the main theme of Impervious revolves around heaven and earth and what happens after death, but it also depicts issues that afflict many teenagers and youth...
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17 year old Las Vegas native emcee, KIDD, follows up his eye opening full-length debut album Murder My Flesh, with a freshly focused vibe of raw hip hop and transparency with Hipsavvy: The Introduction...
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Third Culture Worship, a duo comprised of accomplished worship leaders Vaughn Thompson Jr. and his wife, Irene Marin Thompson, has signed a new distribution deal with Family Christian Stores to carry its sophomore project, INVADE: Third Culture Worship, Volume 2, in more than 250 stores throughout the U.S...
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Remedy Drive
The Exodus Road, a leader in fighting modern day slavery, is giving a voice to the voiceless by working tirelessly to bring about freedom and helping to put an end to sex trafficking. With several key initiatives in place, the organization continues to ask others to join them in the fight. "The Exodus Road is committed to bringing the strategic process of deliverance to a worldwide community," said Matt Parker, former youth minister and founder of The Exodus Road, who started the nonprofit with his wife, Laura. "Collaboration, empowerment, and strategic rescue are the heartbeats of our organization...
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Watershed Music Co. is honored to announce the signing of an exclusive worldwide publishing administration deal for the entire catalog of Ohio-based prophetic-psalmist, Chris Burns. Chris Burns is a prophetic psalmist, revivalist, and preacher who has been marked with the call to pioneer resting places for the Lord God in people, cities, and nations across the earth. Through living out a First-Commandment lifestyle, he carries the spirit of revival desiring to bring awakening and transformation to cities and regions all over the world...
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Rebecca Crews, known for her hit reality show on BET, "The Family Crews," alongside her actor/comedian husband Terry Crews (Are We There Yet?, Who Wants To Be A Millionaire), is releasing her first single, "Can I Stay" available today nationwide. The inspirational/smooth jazz track offers encouragement to all who listen and can be purchased on iTunes® and Amazon...
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*Monday, July 7, 2014*

War Of Ages
Just released: "Chaos Theory", the second single from War of Ages' upcoming album "Supreme Chaos". The album will be released on July 22, pre-orders are available now, and a visual single release for the first single "From Ashes" is also up at the band's official website. War of Ages are heading out this weekend for selected summer dates before jumping over to Europe for a few weeks in August...
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Mr. Del (Delmar Lawrence) is a pastor, author, producer and artist who has been releasing solo projects and developing Urban Gospel and Christian artists and groups for over ten years with his Holy South and Dedicated Music Group labels. After a successful career in mainstream hardcore rap, the Memphis music mogul made the life changing move to Christian music. Mr. Del raps and preaches a message of righteousness and hope through his non-traditional sermons and unfiltered hip-hop music...
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B. Cooper releases the official music video for 1994 off his release "While The City Sleeps". The single features Foure and production by SykSense & Dirty Rice. B. Cooper shares about how the song materialized and its meaning... "1994 actually started out as somewhat of a joke. SykSense came through Dirty Rice's studio and played us 9 or 10 beats. This beat stood out to me...
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Known to many as the first family of Gospel music, the Winans have had countless hits over the past few decades and continue to find new ways to reinvent themselves. Heralded for their effortless delivery, soulful voices, songwriting expertise, charismatic performances, and more, the Winans have a style that is all their own. Three of the Winans brothers have come together to form a super group, 3 Winans Brothers, featuring Marvin & Carvin of the hit group The Winans and BeBe of the hit duo BeBe & CeCe Winans...
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*Thursday, July 3, 2014*

Needtobreathe
Today, NEEDTOBREATHE debuted the first video in a new series of live acoustic videos the band recorded earlier in the year. You can watch "State I'm In" on NEEDTOBREATHE.com now. The Live Room sessions were recorded in Studio A at the infamous Ocean Way Recordings (Los Angeles, CA), the same room The Beach Boys, Frank Sinatra, Radiohead, Tom Petty and more used before us. Despite the fact that we were coming off of a long...
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SLEEPING GIANT have teamed up with AbsolutePunk to premiere the lyric video for the brand new track, "Overthrow." This will also serve as an initial offering from SLEEPING GIANT's long awaited, 4th full length album, FINISHED PEOPLE, which will be released on August 19th in North America / August 18th in Europe. So, follow the link below for your first listen off of this highly anticipated album...
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July 29th marks the release of Customary's third album release, Compassion. It's his most personal and reflective material to date. "I wrote this album around the themes of grace, selflessness, compassion, and the distraction of pride that keeps us from manifesting those qualities. I have many close friends that have bitterness towards "Christianity" or Jesus, because of the way the people of the church have acted out of pride on issues...
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*Wednesday, July 2, 2014*

MxPx
Bremerton, WA's favorite punk-rock band, MXPX, will release their first set of acoustic jams, MXPX Acoustic Collection, available on their 22nd anniversary, Sunday, July 6, 2014, through the band's label imprint, Rock City Recordings. (#mxpx22) The album was produced by the band's lead singer and bassist, Mike Herrera, in his own Monkey Trench Studios and mastered by Descendents and All guitarist Stephen Egerton. Survival Guide's Emily Whitehurst (aka Agent M) lent her vocals on three tracks: "Tomorrow Is Another Day...
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Rhett Walker Band
Rhett Walker Band returns to the Grand Ole Opry stage tonight, July 2nd at 7pm sharing the stage with artists, Craig Campbell and Mel Tillis. They will be performing songs from their upcoming album "Here's To The Ones" due out, October 14th. The band performed the Opry for the first time on May 2nd of this year opening for Little Big Town and Vince Gill, below is a link to a video from that appearance. Click here for ticket info...
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Danny Gokey
Acclaimed singer, author, and American Idol favorite, Danny Gokey has just landed a #1 release for his highly anticipated sophomore album, HOPE IN FRONT OF ME. The album, skyrocketed to the top of the charts with incredibly impressive first week numbers coming in at #1 on the Billboard Christian Charts and #40 on the Billboard Overall Charts...
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*Tuesday, July 1, 2014*

Alcon Entertainment has acquired HILLSONG - LET HOPE RISE for worldwide release by Warner Bros. Pictures, it was announced today by Alcon principals Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson. The full-length feature documentary, directed by Michael John Warren (Jay-Z's "Fade to Black"), chronicles the spectacular rise to prominence of the Australia-based Christian worship band Hillsong UNITED. Matthew Weaver of MediaWeaver Entertainment and Jonathan Bock of Grace Hill Media are producing. B. Wayne Hughes, Jr. and Greg Campbell of Cantinas Entertainment, which is financing the feature, are executive producing. Warner Bros. Pictures will release the film on April 3, 2015...
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Family Force 5
Get ready to "Sweep The Leg" as Alternative Pop/Rock band Family Force 5's newest single debuts at No. 1 today on iTunes' Top Christian & Gospel Songs Chart, and as Netflix releases its Karate Kid trilogy. With the song title inspired by the original Karate Kid movie released 30-years ago, "Sweep The Leg" is featured on the band's highly anticipated, first studio album in three years, Time Stands Still, releasing Aug. 5 from Word Entertainment. The song also joins "Let It Be Love" and "BZRK (feat. KB)...
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Remedy Drive
Indie rock band Remedy Drive is celebrating as "Commodity," the first single off the full-length album of the same name due out in September, reaches #1 at rock radio. "I've always felt like the wimpy kid at rock radio with my piano ballads and pretty songs", says frontman David Zach...
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Guardian
Anyone who contributed to the Kickstarter campaign for a new album from rock legends Guardian last year have been rocking their new album Almost Home since January of this year. However, those who haven't have only been able to check out a few of the album's key singles. Come July 15th, the band will be releasing the full album to iTunes and make a few CD copies...
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Today Hillsong releases No Other Name worldwide and is already charting in the Top 5 overall on iTunes in the U.S. (No. 4). Making a global impact, this album is charting in the Top 10 of iTunes in 13 countries outside of the U.S. including at No. 1 in Sweden, the Netherlands and Finland. This is the first release under the new moniker "Hillsong Worship" and the 26th annual live worship project...
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Nashville indie-rock trio Colony House (formerly known as Caleb) will release their debut album When I Was Younger on July 22 via Descendant Records (The Lone Bellow). Yesterday, they premiered their live in-studio video for the new album single "Waiting For My Time To Come" with Paste Magazine, WATCH HERE...
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INOV8 Music Group announces today's release of the self-titled debut EP from The Morning Watch, a South Georgia-based Christian band. The project's street date coincides with the group's signing to INOV8's roster...
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This Friday, June 22
Fades Away Resurrection Part I EP [Voluminous]

Here Be Lions Only a Holy God [Live] [Integrity]
Impending Doom The Sin and Doom Vol. II [eOne]
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Lecrae Let the Trap Say Amen [Reach]
Plumb Beautifully Broken [Centricity]
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Matthew West All In (Re-Release) [Sparrow Records]
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