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June, 2006
*Friday, June 30th, 2006*

Pillar
The new album by Pillar is in the final stages of production. The songs are now getting mixed in NYC by David Bendeth (As I Lay Dying, Hawthorne Heights). The collection of 13 new tracks has been given the title, The Reckoning and will be released October 3, 2006. The Reckoning is being called Pillar's toughest album yet. From the cover shoot in their hometown of Tulsa, OK to the last note on the record, the boys wanted the spirit of the Midwest to be felt throughout. You can check out the vibe by listening to Pillar's new song "Everything" on their Myspace and Purevolume pages. Before The Reckoning, and as a special gift to their most loyal fans, Pillar is releasing the Nothing Comes For Free EP. The EP will feature an early mix of "Everything," two previously unreleased songs - "Our Escape" and "Dangerous," and four live performance recordings. Only 10,000 copies will be printed so get yours right away! The EP will only be available at some live shows and in the www.pillarmusic.com web store. Here is the kicker - come October 3, 2006 (The day of "The Reckoning") any remaining copies of the EP will be pulled and unavailable! (from Pillar)
Several months ago, Michael W. Smith was named to the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation. The White House recently announced that the President has asked that Michael be confirmed as Vice Chair of that council! (from Provident Music Group)
Hawk Nelson
This week Hawk Nelson lands at No. 1 on the R&R CHR chart with the first radio single, “Everything You Ever Wanted,” from their sophomore release Smile, It’s The End Of The World. This single is also moving up the R&R Christian Rock chart staking claim at No. 4 this week. Today, Hawk Nelson will finish their headline tour in Toronto, Ontario with Falling Up and RunKidRun after a hometown performance tonight in Peterborough. They have had a successful run with sell-out dates in South Bend, IN, Cincinnati, OH, Omaha, NE, and London, Ontario. This popular foursome will continue to hit the major festivals this summer while preparing for a busy fall with two major tours yet to be announced. (from The M Collective)
Jonny Lang
Ten years into his recording career, Jonny Lang is fulfilling the promise critics hailed at the outset of his career: He has garnered platinum and gold certifications and a GRAMMY nomination, headlines sold-out concerts around the world, and toured with the Rolling Stones, among other accolades. His recordings and live performances since then have seen him exploring his own creative vision and developing his talents as a singer, songwriter and guitarist. Lang's Turn Around, releasing on A&M Records to general and Christian market retail Sept. 19, reveals him to be a young adult artist of extraordinary musical and spiritual depth. On Turn Around, Lang confidently employs the songwriting craft he introduced on 2003's Long Time Coming, the first album on which he had written or co-written nearly all of the songs. Though, as a guitarist, he had long studied-and eventually shared the stage with-the likes of Buddy Guy and B.B. King, Lang's own songs fit more accurately under the broader rubric of soul music. A Minneapolis Star Tribune review of Long Time Coming described Lang's sound as “more like Stevie Wonder than Stevie Ray Vaughn.” At Wonder's request, and in his presence, Lang had the honor of performing "Livin' for the City" at the legend's induction to the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Like Wonder's first self-composed recordings, Turn Around is thoroughly spiritual and a personal expression of his faith. Producer Ron Fair, whose many credits include Black-Eyed Peas' "Where Is the Love," realizes the funk and gospel energy inherent in these 14 songs co-written by Lang and GRAMMY winners Drew Ramsey and Shannon Sanders (India.Arie, Temptations, Nicole C. Mullen), as well as five-time GRAMMY winner and the Gospel Music Association's most awarded artist, Steven Curtis Chapman. "I've been a fan of Jonny Lang for a long time, but I think this record captures more of his heart and soul than any music I've ever heard him make," says Chapman, who co-wrote "My Love Remains" for the album with Lang. "I'm very honored to have had the privilege of writing with Jonny for this record and our friendship has shown me that he's a man that's passionate about his faith as a Christian and is committed to reflecting that in his music. This is an amazing record from an amazing artist." Turn Around opens aptly with an organ intro by Sanders and continues with, "Bump in the Road," one of the album's numerous songs about the theme of redemption. Lang sings a duet with Michael McDonald on "Thankful" and in "One Person At A Time," Lang's lyrics challenge us: That we can change the world, One boy one girl, One person at a time. The eminent musicians Sam Bush (mandolin) and Buddy Miller (guitar) join Lang for "On That Great Day," while Nickel Creek violinist Sara Watkins contributes to "Only A Man," on which Lang shares vocals with his wife, Haylie. The deeply personal song confesses: "I grew-up singing songs in church, with questions in my mind And turned my back and ran away, from God who gave me life Then one night his presence fell, I wept and shook and then I fell down and cried 'Dear Jesus rescue me again, I understand, I am only a man'" Other credits are more lighthearted: "The Other Side" features a horn section including a 1968 Ford Mustang, a 1993 Toyota Camry and a 2004 Volkswagen Passat. Turn Around streets September 19th! (from Hoganson Media)
Cool Hand Luke
Cool Hand Luke has been busy this summer writing and rehearsing music for their new concept record as well as some other songs that aren’t specific to that project. Watch for the band to come out of hibernation to share their beautiful songs at Cornerstone Festival, Spirit West Coast, Purple Door Festival and a handful of other shows! For those eager for new CHL music, Cool Hand Luke’s latest song, “A Floating Smile” (and Hundred Year Storm’s “Yesterday We Had It All”) can be found on the Word Entertainment Summer Sampler Today’s Forecast... Cool New Music, so make sure you pick one of those up! The samplers are only in stores until the end of July. (from Floodgate Records)
BarlowGirl
BarlowGirl's music video supporting their No. 1 hit single "Never Alone" launched this week at Yahoo! Music. This special world premiere feature is available only at Yahoo! You can catch the "Never Alone" video debut on Yahoo! right now at: http://music.yahoo.com/premieres. And while viewing the launch, check out BarlowGirl's Yahoo! Music Page featuring the band's "I Need You To Love Me" video and live "Who's Next" performance of "Never Alone." (from Word Records)
Ginny Owens
After four studio releases, an acoustic EP and a live album, Rocketown Records is releasing this summer the definitive collection of Ginny Owens' greatest hits. Titled after her career-defining song, If You Want Me To: The Best of Ginny Owens will release Aug. 8. A consummate songwriter and performer, Owens résumé consists of three Dove Award wins, including New Artist of the Year, as well as a host of mainstream television appearances. Most recently, Owens appeared on CNN to educate viewers about the non-profit organization she launched in 2005, the Fingerprint Initiative, and its ongoing work with Habitat for Humanity and Hurricane Katrina recovery efforts. Rocketown Records President Don Donahue said, “After my first listen to this collection of songs, each one took me to a different memory, a different moment. Ginny writes bookmarks in time. She's the kind of artist who makes this industry great—humble, talented, Godly and wise, a hard worker and a friend.” In addition to past radio hits and songs that reveal Owens’ insightful and profound writing, the anticipated best of collection also features two new tracks. The first, “Wonderful Wonder,” is a new version of a song from Owens’ last studio release Long Way Home, that was produced this time around by Dove Award-winning Producer of the Year Ed Cash. The other new track, “Open Arms,” was written and produced by Owens’ label mate, Shawn Lewis (from RKT band Hyper Static Union), and will be serviced to AC/CHR radio stations for a July 7 add date. Owens is currently in the midst of a summer club tour with Curb recording artist Plumb. For more information and updated tour dates, visit www.ginnyowens.com or www.rocketownrecords.com. (from Rocketown Records)
Audio A
Premier Productions moves into the world of sports related concert promotions this summer with the addition of "Faith Nights" to their 2006 concert presentations. Premier's promotion of Faith Nights brings the power of America's leading promoter of Christian themed concert events in partnership with Third Coast Sports, who since 2002 have established as the foremost authority in church marketing and event planning for sports teams. Premier will promote seven August concerts headlining Audio Adrenaline and VeggieTales in the unique Faith Nights format developed and marketed by Third Coast Sports. The events, which integrate a Christian music concert and heavy promotional involvement through local churches with a professional sporting event, have hit a proven success formula -- capturing the imagination of both the sports world and the church community. Since the first Faith Night presentation by Third Coast Sports at a sporting event in Nashville in 2002, the concept has consistently been successful nationally as a proven tool for the encouragement of church fellowship within the community, as well as an outreach to those who may not have a church home. Announcement that Faith Nights would launch into the world of Major League Baseball events in summer 2006 recently graced the cover of The New York Times. USA Today, ABC World News Tonight, Sports Illustrated, The 700 Club, The Chicago Sun Times, Associated Press, ESPN The Magazine, The Dallas Morning News, Baseball America, as well as market-to-market coverage in hundreds of newspapers nationally is only a small sampling of the media coverage accorded Faith Night events to date. The stadium concerts by Audio Adrenaline will be complimented by appearances through-out the evening by Bob & Larry from VeggieTales. At each Faith Night concert, select home team players offer their personal testimony of God's work in their lives. Through sponsor partnerships with the teams "Faith Night" souvenirs are given to the first 2,000 fans at many of the events. Bob the Tomato and Larry the Cucumber from the hit animated series VeggieTales appear through the courtesy of their creators Big Idea, Inc. Notes Roy Morgan of Premier: "Faith Nights are a perfect compliment to our promotional interests in the concert market. The strong family values and Christian emphasis presented in a marriage of sports with Christian music succeeds in taking the positive message of the gospel wider in a very unique and effective format that we at Premier are extremely excited to be presenting." (from Morning Star PR)
Echoing Angels
INO Records has announced the signing of the Georgia-based band Echoing Angels. Their national debut album, You Alone, is set to release nationwide on September 5, 2006. Excitement has been building around this band, explained INO president Jeff Moseley, “When I first heard 'You Alone,' I was moved by the song. After getting to know the guys, I have been moved by their art and their hearts. This is a debut that will make an impact!” Seasoned performers under the new moniker Echoing Angels (formerly Two Bare Feet) has shared seven years together on stage and performed along with the likes of MercyMe, Tait, and NewSong. They have also received airplay in Atlanta with the title track of their debut, which is the project’s first single to hit radio June 30th. Hailing from Atlanta, this band has a contemporary style infused with pop elements influenced by, Train, Lifehouse, Matchbox 20, Tonic, MercyMe and Third Day. You Alone is produced by Peter Kipley (MercyMe, Rebecca St. James) and Scotty Wilbanks (Third Day, NewSong). Drummer Jon Poole and bass guitarist Josh Armour started the band over a slice of pizza and later added lead vocalist Chris Peevy, and guitarists Shannon Coleman and Jared Lee to the band whose name is taken from an original song inspired by Hebrews 1:14, which speaks about angels being known as God’s servants that come to care for man. The band’s name is a continual reflection of the support system that encourages each member to live out his role in God’s plan. If there was one word to describe the band’s mission, it would be: obedience. Each member learns obedience not just in the spotlight of the stage, but in the light of the day-to-day. “If the five of us were not in a band together, we’d still strive to be obedient each day; we’d seek God’s word and plan for our lives, says bass guitarist Armour. “We five inspire each other and keep each other going,” lead vocalist Peevy says, “to share our passion for worship and God and being obedient to what he’s called us to do. He doesn’t need us, but he uses us.” They are currently managing a full-time touring schedule throughout the southeast. (from The M Collective)
Third Day
Multi platinum, GRAMMY and Dove Award-winning rock band Third Day is readying for the fall leg of its highly successful “Wherever You Are” tour; a tour anticipated by fans and promoters alike following its high-impact spring. Since its launch in Fairfax, VA on February 16, the band consistently ranked in the Top 25 on Pollstar Magazine’s “Weekly Concert Pulse” alongside artists including James Taylor, Coldplay, Bon Jovi, Kenny Chesney and Bob Dylan, further solidifying its place as the leading touring band in Christian music this spring. The Concert Pulse ranks each artist by its average box-office gross per city in North America and is based on data reported within the last three months. All figures in U.S. dollars. Alan Knowles, president of DMI Concerts, notes, “Our spring tour dates in Chattanooga and Knoxville were awesome with relevant-to-life, non-compromising, performances and on-target, fast-paced ticket sales. It’s great to work with a band that consistently delivers a sizzling package with a message for life & living to capacity crowds. It’s a humbling honor to be a part of God’s big picture as He uses Third Day to share His love and hope.” “The spring tour was incredible,” offers bassist Tai Anderson. “There’s always a flood of emotion when you connect with your audience from stage. I can’t tell you what it meant to see them singing along. We’re very appreciative of our fans and we’re excited to see them again this fall.” “Mountain of God,” the second single off the already-RIAA certified Gold Wherever You Are, is climbing up the AC and INSP charts at a torrid pace. Mark Giles, VP of National Promotions with Provident Label Group, comments, “‘Mountain of God’ has been either first or second most-increased in spin-counts for the past eight weeks. PDs and MDs are telling us that it’s connecting with their listeners and that it’s fast becoming a favorite. The CHR format has also begun to request servicing of the song so that they can add it to their play lists.” The band is playing several festivals this summer including, Alive Festival (Canal Fulton, OH), Creation West (George, WA) and Sonshine Festival (Willmar, MN). Visit www.ThirdDay.com for the most up-to-date tour itinerary. (from Provident Music Group)
PFR
Interested in learning more about songwriting? Enroll in a limited member songwriting course led by award-winning songwriter, Patrick Andrew (PFR). Members of the course will learn essential elements of songwriting, and then record their song at Vertigo Studios. Each member will have their song placed on the First Draft Compilation and released through Canvas Burning Productions (a division of MakeShift Records)! Every participant will then receive 50 copies of the project to sell or share as they would like! Cost for the entire course is only $949 and begins August 1st, 2006. So come be a part of this insightful course. Remember that openings are limited, so be sure to sign up today! Email Patrick today at patrick@makeshiftrecords.com for more info or to sign up! (from Myspace.com/PatrickAndrewMusic)
*Tuesday, June 27th, 2006*

ASU
They're back! Although only available in the UK (and some other European countries) at this time, All Star United has released a brand new album entitled Love & Radiation! The band had this to say in a recent newsletter announcement... "Match fit and ready to score, All Star United are back with a brand new album - the incomparably good Love and Radiation. With more tricks and kicks than a pitch full of Brazilians, ASU's latest release has all the best moves. Click Here to view the ASU ecard and get yourself warmed up with track samples. You can also buy the album there too!" Looks like we'll be hearing more from ASU soon enough... and it wouldn't be too soon! (from All Star United)
Casting Crowns
Mark Hall, lead singer of platinum selling and Grammy award-winning band Casting Crowns, releases his first national book titled Lifestories: Finding God’s “Voice of Truth” Through Everyday Life, with writer Tim Luke, on Aug. 29. Lifestories, published by Provident Books, chronicles the people, events and life experiences that inspired many of Hall’s award-winning songs on the band’s self-titled debut album and its latest release, Lifesong. “My sincere prayer is that Lifestories will not simply be read, but experienced,” Hall said. “Furthest from my mind was the notion of entertaining; each chapter was prayed over as it was written—and invariably the prayer asked God to use this book to exalt the name of Jesus Christ. I prayed that He would use this work to help lead people to His Word, and to Him, so that He could encourage them, inspire them, instruct them, motivate them—and, if need be, convict and correct. I prayed for Him to save souls and to change lives.” “We are thrilled to have this opportunity to partner with Mark,” said Dean Diehl, sr. vp of marketing for Provident Label Group. “He is a husband, father, pastor, songwriter and man of God. Now fans will get to experience Mark Hall ‘the author’ as he reveals a deeper look behind his music and ministry than ever before.” Lifestories is not a typical “artist book” project. There are no photos of the band or interviews with its members. Instead, readers will find a collection of true stories about real-life people and their extraordinary life experiences, many of which provided the catalyst for Hall’s award-winning songwriting—producing five No. 1 radio hits and earning him the “Songwriter of the Year” award by BMI and the GMA for 2 consecutive years, propelling Casting Crowns to the top of the Christian radio and retail charts in its short two-and-a-half year music career. For example, Lifestories reveals how Casting Crowns’ current No. 1 radio single “Praise You in This Storm” was written for 11-year-old fan Erin Browning, who was diagnosed with bone cancer shortly after the band met her at a show in 2004. Through e-mails and phone calls, the band walked with Erin’s family through its unimaginable personal storm. Erin passed away in fall 2005. Hall was so deeply touched by the unwavering faith of her heartbroken mother that the lyrics to the song were born. The song has remained on the top of the radio charts for 6 consecutive weeks to date. For additional information on Mark Hall, Lifestories and Casting Crowns including concert dates, please visit www.castingcrowns.com. (from )
Decyfer Down
As they swiftly climb R&R’s Christian rock chart with their first single “Life Again,” (currently at No. 3), SRE Rockers Decyfer Down have been getting some pretty impressive exposure in the wide world of sports with their song “Break Free,” also from their just-released, highly-acclaimed debut, End Of Grey. From the National Basketball Association (NBA) and The Major Baseball League (MLB) to the NCAA, National Hockey League (NHL) and more, “Break Free” has been heard by over 9,671,200 audience members through on site and television views. In just the past few months, “Break Free” has been heard during NBA games with teams including the LA Lakers, Dallas Mavericks, Miami Heat, Chicago Bulls, and Boston Celtics. The MLB and NHL have also broadcast the song at games with teams including The New York Yankees, Chicago Cubs, St Louis Cardinals and the Los Angeles Kings, Detroit Red Wings and New York Rangers respectively, with the NCAA (Texas A&M, UNC Chapel Hill, etc) and Arena Football League (Nashville Kats, Chicago Rush,etc) and National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) rocking along as well. This summer Decyfer Down is hitting all the major summer festivals (Cornerstone, Sonshine, etc), and will hit the road in August for the Accelerate Tour with Nevertheless and Red. (from The M Collective)
*Monday, June 26th, 2006*

Due to the large amounts of rain that have fallen in the past 48 hours and the additional heavy rain fall that is expected this week, Creation 2006 Northeast, scheduled for June 28 – July 1, 2006 has been postponed until June 27 – June 30, 2007. This difficult decision has been made after much prayer and consideration. The Festival Administration, in conjunction with local Emergency Management, has concluded that the grounds are not safe for Creation attendees. Creation 2006 Northeast tickets will be honored at Creation 2007 Northeast. Additional information will be posted on www.creationfest.com. “We apologize for the inconvenience this will cause those who planned to attend,” says Pastor Harry Thomas, Creation Festival Director. “Be assured that this decision has been made for the safety of all attending. We appreciate your continued prayers for the Creation Festival and its staff and look forward to joining together in 2007.” Well... that kills our week! Until next year... (from Springboard Entertainment)
*Wednesday, June 21st, 2006*

Salvador
Word Records (a Warner Bros./Curb co.) Austin based Latin Jam Band, Salvador, prepares to release their fifth studio album on August 29th. The record was produced by lead singer Nic Gonzales and keyboard player Chris Bevins at Willie Nelson’s Pedernales Studio in Austin, TX. Salvador has earned multiple Latin Billboard Award nominations and took home the Dove Award for “Spanish Language Album of the Year” for Con Poder. They have played to audiences numbering in the hundreds of thousands, including performing with Billy Graham’s final Crusade in New York City. The band travels an average of 200 dates a year and continues to build their loyal and appreciative fan base. Their last single, "Heaven," was Top 5 for 18 weeks on AC radio and was the 4th most played song of 2005! Salvador is still giving their fans what they are known for… honest, poignant, and insightful lyrics, while staying true to their Latino roots. Nic Gonzales co-wrote every song on the album along with such luminaries as Chris Rodriguez, Matt Bronlewee, Jason Ingram, and Cindy Morgan. Gonzales says, “With this album we had an opportunity to change our style and alter our sound…we chose not to.” Gonzales explains “ The lyrics in Neighbor ‘What separates us from our fellow man/Is it the fear of what we do not understand?/So let’s dismiss this mystery and talk about it honestly’ is where the title of our album comes from and best describes what we are trying to say. Shine, the first single from the album, is set to add at all formats on June 22. This fall Salvador will embark on their 4th headlining tour visiting 30 cities. In addition to their national tour, which is being booked by the William Morris Agency (www.wmaccm.com), Salvador will also be appearing at various festivals and events throughout the U.S. this summer. More news regarding the fall tour will be released in the upcoming weeks. (from Big Machine Media)
Stellar Kart
Stellar Kart recently traveled to New York to film music videos for "Me And Jesus" and "Activate" from their new album We Can't Stand Sitting Down, in stores July 25th! The band is preparing to preview these new videos and songs from the album on their MySpace page. Each week until the album's release, the band will feature new songs and exclusive footage from the making of the album. In the meantime, you can pre-order an autographed CD at their website! But be sure to check their MySpace page each week for updated content! Visit Stellar Kart at www.stellarkart.com and preview the new album at www.myspace.com/stellarkart! (from )
StorySide:B
With more new artists than ever vying for radio air time, Gotee Records has made impressive strides with debut acts including StorySide:B, Ayiesha, and Fighting Instinct. StorySide:B, who released Everything And More last December, has seen upward momentum on all of their radio singles to date. One of their two current singles, title cut “Everything And More” lands at #4 on the CHR charts this week. Simultaneously “More To This Life” is in the Top 20 at AC radio. StorySide:B’s flagship radio single “Miracle” saw a pre-Christmas peak at the #2 position at CHR Radio. The song also claimed the “Most Added” and “Highest Gainer” title during the climb. Introducing Ayiesha Woods is just out of the gate with a June 6th street date. The solo act’s debut single “Happy” is currently in CHR’s Top 10, as well as #14 at AC Indicator and #19 at AC Monitored. Powerhouse radio station K-Love also just added Ayiesha to their play list. Fighting Instinct’s single, “Back To You,” saw three new adds at the CHR format this week, including AIR 1. The band jumps four spots to the #21 position after only three weeks on the chart. Their self-titled debut lands in stores June 27th. “Gotee continues to make very diverse music and it’s encouraging to have these new artists embraced by radio,” said national promotions manager Phil Conner. “We love the music we make and it’s the best feeling in the world when other people catch and support the vision.” (from LB PR)
Starflyer 59
Starflyer 59 has been keeping busy as usual. "The new album My Island is finally finished," the band announced last week on their MySpace. "We were able to have Ken Andrews on board again for the mixing tasks, and are very happy with the final results. The album is due out September 12th with tour dates being booked right now to coincide with the release. In the meantime we are releasing a new EP titled I Win. The title track is a song taken off the new record, with three other brand new tracks and art by Matt (Cold War Kids) Maust available on this limited release only. The I Win EP is available for order now! at www.myspace.com/starflyer59. It is currently in manufacturing, and all orders will ship by July 1st, or as soon as we get them in. We will also be playing a couple of festivals this summer, and finally a couple of dates in Canada... check out our upcoming shows section for details. Thanks for reading and God Bless." (from MySpace.com/Starflyer59)
Mark Schultz recently entered the studio to record new songs for the follow-up to his Live...A Night Of Stories And Songs album with ACM Producer Of The Year Mark Bright (Rascal Flatts, Carrie Underwood). Be sure to check out his website at www.markschultzmusic.com for updates from Mark in the studio! (from Word Records)
Gotee recording artist Liquid performed for over 100 inmates at Nashville’s CCA Metro Prison this past Friday, June 16th. As part of the Men of Valor program, Liquid performed a seven-song set and shared his personal testimony of growing up in North Philadelphia, an area known predominantly for an abundance of drugs, violence and poverty; an area simply called The Badlands. He also spent time with the inmates in a Q&A session after the performance. “Friday’s show humbled me,” said Liquid of the experience. “I felt like God really was using me and has given me a heart for those guys. It was so awesome to see the fire in them—they were on fire for the Lord! It made me realize that I need that same fire for the Lord and should strive for it everyday.” Men of Valor is a ministry outreach committed to winning men in prison to Jesus Christ and discipling them. They aim to equip inmates to re-enter society as men of integrity and givers to the community, rather than takers. Tales From The Badlands, Liquid’s debut album which streets July 18th, features an eclectic mix of musical influences including Latino-tinged R&B, old-school hip-hop, and 1970’s soul. (from LB PR)
*Sunday, June 18th, 2006*

Audio A
GRAMMY-Awards-winning Audio Adrenaline is releasing Hands and Feet, its first book with Regal Books, on September 5. The book takes the reader on a true-life adventure of one of Christian music’s best-loved bands, along with a missions team of young people as they journey together to build an orphanage in Haiti and minister to children in desperate need. In this travelogue-style journal about a powerful journey, readers will learn about Haiti, hear directly from the members of Audio Adrenaline, meet Drex and Joe Stuart (Audio Adrenaline front man Mark Stuart’s parents who lead the project in Haiti), read journal entries from the students who went to Haiti, find inspiration for their own mission and outreach and hear about how lives are being changed. The book also features a day in the life of a child of Haiti and appendices for mission trip preparation and essentials. Deep in the heart of Haiti lies The Hands and Feet Project, a non-profit organization and orphanage founded by the band members of Audio Adrenaline for impoverished children who desperately lack the resources most of us take for granted. Superstition and voodoo still cast their spells over the Haitian people who live in one of the poorest nations in the world. Through this journal, full of personal stories, readers will discover what it is like to live in the embattled country of Haiti – and how it is possible to change the world, one child at a time. “We started the project to provide a place for orphaned children in Haiti to receive a roof over their heads and plenty of food as well as to come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ as their savior,” says Mark Stuart. “It’s also a place where people from the States can come and see what it is to serve and be the hands and feet of Jesus to the people of Haiti.” Audio Adrenaline will add a final chapter to its substantial career with ADIOS: The Greatest Hits, releasing Aug. 1. After 15-years of music, mission and service, Audio Adrenaline is saying “adios,” offering one more nod to its considerable fan base with the album and an aggressive tour itinerary through the end of this year. (from Hoganson Media)
Phil Joel
Longtime bassist for Aussie supergoup Newsboys and solo recording artist, Phil Joel has signed a label agreement with burgeoning Christian entertainment company Indelible Creative Group. Phil will release his latest project, the deliberatePeople. album, on Indelible Sept. 12. Consistent with Indelible's corporate model, which fosters products as well as artists who embrace the need to explore new ways of communicating their message in culturally relevant formats, is Phil's personal ministry, "deliberatePeople." Founded in 2004 by Phil and Heather Joel, "deliberatePeople." is a natural extension of Phil's ministry with the Newsboys, aiming to help people turn their passion for the Lord into a deliberate plan to pursue Him. It centers around a daily Bible reading schedule, devotional journal, and inspired music. Phil's partnership with Indelible Creative Group will make the deliberatePeople. album, one of these resources, additionally available at retail outlets nationwide. "The first time I met Phil Joel and heard about "deliberatePeople." I was on board," comments president and co- founder of Indelible Creative Group, Chris Thomason. "This project is a personal life calling for Phil and his wife Heather, and we are very happy to be entering into a long term relationship to help them facilitate their ministry." "We love Indelible's openness to new ministries and alternate means of communicating the Gospel message," says Phil. "It is exciting to work alongside such a company to impact the culture in a fresh, tangible way." For Jesusfreakhideout.com's review of the deliberatePeople. album, click here! (from Savvy Media)
Family Force 5
Maverick/Gotee band Family Force 5 continues to gain momentum with their debut release Business Up Front, Party In The Back as the music video for “Kountry Gentleman” landed a spot on MTVU.com’s “The Freshman Class” (http://www.mtvu.com/music/freshmen/). MTVU.com’s “The Freshman Class” video show lets the viewers vote and decide which videos make the grade. Family Force 5’s performance of “Love Addict” also recently aired on DIRECTV’s CD USA on May 27th. The band will go back for a second performance of “Kountry Gentleman” on July 13th. (http://www.cdusa.com/Pages/Tune_In.aspx) On the tour front, Family Force 5 is currently part of the Journeys Backyard BBQ Tour, playing San Antonio, headlining Houston and joining Switchfoot on last night’s Nashville date. Along with the hottest musical acts, the Journeys Backyard BBQ Tour features demo shows by top pro skateboard enthusiasts including Tony Hawk and Olympic Gold Medalist Shaun White, as well as freestyle motocross athletes Todd Potter, and Chuck Carothers. Following the Journeys events, Family Force 5 will be playing select Van’s Warped Tour markets on the Ernie Ball Stage. Fans can catch Family Force 5 in Minneapolis (June 18), Bonner Springs, MO (June 19), back in Nashville, TN (June 21), Jacksonville, FL (June 22), Orlando, FL (June 25), Raleigh, NC (June 27), and finishing their run on the tour in hometown Atlanta, GA (June 28). They are also slated to play major Christian music festivals this summer including Ichthus, Alive, Creation East, and Cornerstone, and overseas at the Frizon and Flevo festivals. Family Force 5 nabbed a #1 spot on both R&R’s Christian Rock chart, as well as the Christian Radio Weekly Rock chart with their radio single “Replace Me.” The next single “Love Addict” goes for adds at Rock radio this month. (from LB PR)
The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) announced this past week the formal launch of a Master Ringtone Sales Award, updating its 47-year-old Gold and Platinum program to recognize the growing popularity of enjoying music through cellular phones. The inaugural group of ringtone certifications includes 128 titles. Specifically the RIAA awarded 84 Gold, 40 Platinum and four Multi-Platinum Master Ringtone certifications. Ringtones are the original recording, rather than a synthesized instrumental version, of a hit song. Following the lead of the existing program, tracks will be certified Gold (500,000 downloads), Platinum (1 million downloads) and Multi-Platinum (starting at 2 million and following in increments of 1 million thereafter). "Our Gold and Platinum Program is designed to honor artists who have achieved the highest success," said Mitch Bainwol, RIAA Chairman and CEO. "As our industry evolves and offers fans new ways to enjoy music from today's best artists, so too should the G&P Program. The music community, along with its technology partners like the wireless communications companies, is offering fans the music they love, when then want it and how they want it." Added Steve Largent, President and CEO of CTIA-The Wireless Association™, "I think this impressive awards ceremony signifies the enormous effect that mobile music is having on individuals all around the globe. The power of music to influence societies and bring about new and positive ideas is well documented throughout history, and I believe the increasing use of personal wireless communications devices." This marks the second time in two years the RIAA has amended its Gold and Platinum program in recognition of new music markets. In October 2004, the RIAA announced the launch of the Digital Sales award, which recognizes the sales of tracks downloaded from the various online music services. (from The GMA)
Kirk Franklin
Fo Yo Soul Entertainment/Zomba recording artist Kirk Franklin has completed the music video for "Imagine Me", the second from his nearly platinum-selling latest release, Hero. Shot in multiple locations in Los Angeles during a brief break from The Hero Tour, the emotionally-charged clip was co-directed by Franklin and Max Nichols. An anthem of victory and overcoming obstacles, "Imagine Me" encourages everyone to begin to see themselves through the eyes of Heaven and break through to the truth of who God says that they are. An instant classic, the song is being hailed by critics and fans alike as the latest career milestone for Franklin. In the same vein, the video raises the bar a notch higher as the central theme of the song is vividly illustrated through relatable real life situtations that are sure to tug at the heart and soul of the viewer. The "Imagine Me" video will be the special feature on this Sunday's (TODAY, June 18 - Father's Day) edition of BET's Lift Every Voice as host Gerard Henry goes behind the scenes to give viewers a sneak peek at how the video came together. Then, BET takes you even deeper into the making of the video during a special edition of Access Granted on Wednesday, June 21. You don't want to miss either one! (from Fo Yo Soul Entertainment)
*Friday, June 16th, 2006*

Hardcore act As Cities Burn is calling it quits... "We know there are rumors floating around about the future of As Cities Burn, so we wanted to clear things up," the band announced recently on their official website. "TJ is getting married this Fall, and has decided to settle down and begin life off of the road with his wife. He encouraged us to replace him and continue with someone new in his place, but we have all decided that this band would not be the same without him. As Cities Burn was built on the personalities, work, and ideals of the five of us, and simply replacing a member would leave a void that would be impossible to fill. So we, as a band, have decided to end As Cities Burn. As Cities Burn, the fans, and the times that we’ve all had over the past 4 years have been the most incredible experiences of our lives. We have cherished every moment, playing night after night in small towns, to small crowds, to the massive shows we’ve been able to share with you all over the past year. We are humbled by the love and friendships that we’ve been so blessed to share with each of you, and owe everything this band has become to the people that have believed in what we do. We hope that some of the ideas upon which this band was based will live on, that each of you will be encouraged, and know that you are loved. What an amazing time we’ve had, we owe the greatest times of our lives to each of you. Thank you all for everything. We’re so thankful that this Summer we’ll have a chance to come to many of the cities that we’ve played over the past 4 years, and say goodbye to the friends we’ve made along the way. We hope that you’ll come out, sing along and hangout one last time. We love you all more than you know, and we’ll see you soon. Love, TJ, Cody, Colin, Aaron, and Pascal. P.S. (We will still be on the first two weeks of Warped Tour this Summer, and will still be doing our final headlining tour through July and August. Our official last show will be at the House of Blues in New Orleans on August 19, 2006.)" JfH wishes TJ and the guys of As Cities Burn the very best in their future endeavors. (from AsCitiesBurn.com; thanks to Matthew N.)
Nichole Nordeman
Sparrow Records announces the August 1, 2006, release of Sing Over Me, a newly recorded album of special worship songs and lullabies featuring popular female artists Nichole Nordeman, Janna Long (Avalon), Bethany Dillon, Christy Nockels (Watermark, Passion), and Erin O’Donnell. Produced by 2006 GMA Dove Award-winning Producer of the Year Ed Cash (Chris Tomlin), Sing Over Me will inspire wonderfully worn-out parents and sleepy children alike to worship and rest with its peaceful arrangements and heart softening vocals. Song selections and performers include: “How Great Is Our God” (Dillon), “Here I Am To Worship” (O’Donnell, Nockels), “You Are Good” (Nordeman, O’Donnell), “May The Words Of My Mouth” (Nockels, Long), “How Deep The Father’s Love For Us” (Nordeman), “Sing Over Me” (Dillon, Nordeman), “Whole World In His Hands” (Nockels), “Hold On To Jesus” (O’Donnell, Long), “We Fall Down” (Nordeman), “Lord You Have My Heart” (Long, Nockels), “Unwavering” (Dillon), and “Jesus Loves Me” (Nockels). Nordeman, who co-wrote “You Are Good” especially for Sing Over Me, says, “We live in a time where we have a unique opportunity to be very public about our praise. But this record began to draw me back to more quiet and private moments with God. Nobody thinks about worshipping in a rocking chair at 3 am. But this is the reality of motherhood . . . stealing away with God one moment at a time, not so much for the desire of being heard and seen, but more for the rare chance to listen.” Nockels says, “This project is especially exciting for me because since the day my children were born, and even when they were still in the womb, I have been worshipping over them in the rocking chair . . . singing many of these songs as prayers over them. Now they are singing the songs and telling me what it means to worship God . . . what an incredible joy as a mother!” For continuing news about Sing Over Me: Worship Songs And Lullabies, in stores August 1, visit www.SingOverMe.com. (from Sparrow Records)
Sleeping at Last is no longer on Interscope Records (2003's Ghosts), but they have since independently recorded a new full-length album, Keep No Score. The sound is similar to the indie sound of Ghosts, but they have incorporated more strings. The official release date is June 21, but you can preorder it from their web site at www.sleepingatlast.com. Preorders began shipping on June 10, so it will be sent out right away. As of now, it will only be sold online and at shows! (from sleepingatlast.com; thanks to Kevin V.)
Flicker Records is now on the road with Warped Tour 2006. Be sure to look for Kenny at the Flicker Records booth. The label will have videos to watch, free stuff, and contests! Stay tuned to Kenny's video blog and find out where he goes next at… www.myspace.com/flickeriswarped. (from Flicker Records)
*Thursday, June 15th, 2006*

Caedmons Call
After seven years, Caedmon's Call has officially ended their business relationship with Essential Records. On CaedmonsCall.net, CC percussionist Garett Buell explains: "We were nearing the end of our contract with Essential, had one more record, or "option" meaning that the label would have to agree to do another record. Some how it wound up in our favor to make a move… We have appreciated Essential and all they did for us in years past, and still love everybody there. Just business, nothing big." Buell also said this about the future of Caedmon's Call: "As most of you know, Share the Well was not just an album, it was the beginning of another chapter… If you ask me, through Caedmon's entire career, this is what it was all for. We are currently working on a plan to continue to be able to play and sustain the business, it's just another phase, and we have to adapt to it." Lead singer Cliff Young also informed the website that their fall tour will be called The Emancipation Tour. (from CaedmonsCall.net; JfH)
BarlowGirl
Fervent Records’ acclaimed three-sister rock band, BarlowGirl, recently topped CHR charts with “I Need You To Love Me” from their highly applauded sophomore album, Another Journal Entry. Claiming the No. 1 position on CRW’s CHR chart for 13 consecutive weeks, BarlowGirl’s “I Need You To Love Me” broke the record for the longest run at the top for the entire chart’s history. The song additionally seized No. 1 on R&R’s CHR chart for nine consecutive weeks. “Once in a while a song breaks through on radio and to audiences in a powerful way,” says Dave Koch, CRW publisher and editor-in-chief. “‘I Need You to Love Me’ is one of those songs with passionate lyrics and an undying melody that has dominated CRW’s CHR chart for so long—an incredible milestone for BarlowGirl.” “I Need You To Love Me” is BarlowGirl’s second hit from Another Journal Entry, following their chart-topping single, “Let Go,” and fourth career No. 1 including “Never Alone” from their self-titled freshman bow and “You’re Worthy of My Praise,” a duet with labelmates Big Daddy Weave. Following their recent success at iTunes.com and Yahoo Music’s “Who’s Next” series, Fervent Record’s BarlowGirl has taped exclusive performances for two other major digital sites, Napster and Sony Connect Sets. In addition to the two new web appearances, BarlowGirl is releasing Another Journal Entry Expanded Edition on August 29 that will include five previously unreleased songs, a disc to exclusive website coverage, and a BarlowGirl “More Than Music” book. At the same time, a video for “Never Alone” was recently shot in Nashville with Broken Poet Productions and will be released in the near future. (from Word Records)
Hawk Nelson
Hawk Nelson’s song “The Show” from their recent project Smile, It’s The End Of The World is currently being featured on NBC during the NHL Stanley Cup finals promotional spots. “The Show” is a fun, energetic track that features a quartet from Seattle’s famous Pike Place Market. The band's current radio single “Everything You Ever Wanted” is resonating with listeners and radio stations as it jump four spots on the R&R CHR Christian chart this week from No. 7 to No. 3. It is also in the Top 10 of the R&R Christian Rock chart at No. 5. Hawk Nelson will be heading out next week for the SMILE, ITS’ THE END OF THE WORLD TOUR featuring Falling Up, Project 86 and Run Kid Run (Yes, we did a double take at that lineup too - JFH). In addition to their headline tour, this foursome will be appearing at every major summer festival including the upcoming Atlanta Festival, Ichthus, Alive, Sonshine, Creation East Coast, and Kingdom Bound festivals. Finally, since the release of their sophomore project that debuted on the Billboard Top 200 at No. 75, Hawk Nelson has been touring nonstop across the country. The band has also landed on the covers of Breakaway (April 06) and CCM (Feb. 06) as well as featured on the major teen website Alloy.com. Hawk Nelson also performed live on G4’s “Attack of the Show” in addition to WGN’s morning show. (from The M Collective)
David Crowder Band
David Crowder Band has been selected as one of five artists to be considered for MSN’s July Artist of the Month. Artists being considered in addition to DCB are Nelly Furtado, Frankie J, Busta Rhymes and Neil Young. You can vote for your favorite at http://music.msn.com/music/artistofthemonth. As of 2:42 p.m. CST yesterday, Crowder has 71% of the more than 201,000 votes! Here’s what MSN has to say about Crowder: "In only a couple of years, David Crowder and his band have single-handedly redefined what contemporary Christian music should sound like. While Crowder is unafraid to make direct and straightforward pledges to his savior, he seems extremely restless creatively and tries his hand at any style that suits him. Even Crowder's fans in the Christian music community had to be blown away by the album "A Collision or (3+4=7)," a literate, pensive and complicated album about death. It won the Dove Award for Best Rock Album, and has even secular fans wondering what's up next." Crowder's next project, B Collision, releases June 27th. (from Hoganson Media)
Stellar Kart
This summer, Stellar Kart is releasing their new album We Can't Stand Sitting Down. The band recorded the follow-up to last year's debut All Gas, No Brake in Nashville, TN with producer Ian Eskelin (All Star United), and it features 12 new songs, including the single "Me And Jesus"! "Me And Jesus" has just been sent to radio, so be sure to listen and let your favorite radio station know you want to hear more Stellar Kart! The band has been debuting new songs from the album on the road, and recently performed at Nashville's WAY-FM Brown Bag event with BarlowGirl in front of more than 5,000 people. This weekend the band is shooting videos for "Me And Jesus" and "Activate" in New York City. Keep an eye on the band's website for updates! Visit Stellar Kart at www.stellarkart.com for more info. (from Word Records)
Big Daddy Weave
It's going to be a busy summer for Fervent artist Big Daddy Weave. The group is currently finishing up the follow-up to their 2005 album What I Was Made For. The new album, Everytime I Breathe, will be released on September 26th. The band will join Mark Schultz on the road this fall as part of the "Broken & Beautiful Tour." You can also catch Big Daddy Weave at KLTY's Celebrate Freedom summer festival on July 1st in Parker, TX. You can find out more at www.klty.com. Visit Big Daddy Weave at www.bigdaddyweave.com. (from Word Records)
In its search for artists who create timely and significant music, Indelible Creative Group introduces spur58, the label’s newest signing, a melodic rock band that explores worship through personal stories. The band is currently in the studio and will release its national debut October 10 through Word Distribution. “spur58 has the unique ability to share truth in a remarkable way,” says president and co-founder of Indelible Creative Group, Chris Thomason. “Yes, musically they are great, but these guys are about more than just music. Their heartfelt, straightforward lyrics and dedication to face-to-face communication with an audience gives the band’s ministry true validity.” Taking its name from a road in native state Texas, the five-piece band aims to create community among music fans, believers as well as non-believers, by sharing honest thoughts on worship through a powerful, melodic blend of guitars and piano. Believing that every person worships something, spur58 writes music that speaks to its desire to see people worship God intimately, both personally and corporately, using transparent, real life stories which offer a wider view of God. “Our heart is leading worship. That’s what we love to do and are passionate about,” says frontman Aaron Ivey. “But that doesn’t always mean getting people to sing along. We believe that to lead someone to respond to God, you must show them all aspects of God and life. It’s so easy to instigate the worship ‘thing’ and get everyone hyped up about how great God is, but sometimes we miss the truth that God is great and good even in pain and suffering.” Frontman Ivey, guitarists Jimmie Ingram and Chad Martin, Steven Bush on bass and drummer Guy Roberts base themselves in Murfreesboro, Tenn., just southeast of Nashville, not for its close proximity to the music scene but for the young adults they lead in worship at their home church. When not at home, the band can be found criss-crossing the United States in a van, playing more than 200 dates a year. (from Savvy Media)
Southern hip-hop rapper Pettidee will join the ranks of other top-notch recording artists and celebrities to endorse Redeem the Vote, encouraging young people to vote in the November elections. Consequently, his upcoming single "Butterflies" will also be speaking out on pertinent social and political issues. Redeem the Vote (RTV) is a national ministry that encourages young voters of faith to register and participate in the political process. Concert attendees this summer and fall will find Redeem the Vote tables at Pettidee's performances as well as hear him endorse the organization from stage. The Jacksonville, Fla. emcee explains "We as the hip-hop generation can't wait until things go wrong to speak. Voting is a loud voice. If you want to be heard . . . vote!" As Pettidee advocates Redeem the Vote this summer, his upcoming radio single, "Butterflies," will additionally be making a statement. The song deals with subjects often overlooked in today's music market such as the brutality of spousal abuse and rape: "How can the man you fell in love with be beating you? Throw you against the wall, and call you out of your name. You want to tell, but you're too afraid and show shame. You put makeup on your bruised face and try to hide. But you can't cover the kicks and punches you took inside." Pettidee's willingness to be open about his personal experience with physical and sexual abuse as a child is reflected throughout the song. "'Butterflies' deals with my past and a lot of things that the church doesn't address," Pettidee acknowledges. "I made up my mind a long time ago that if God gave me this music, I'd be a voice for those who don't have a voice." "Butterflies" is from Pettidee's fourth and most controversial release to date, Thug Love. The Beatmart (Provident/Integrity/Sony/BMG) record is a biographical reflection of Pettidee's explosive childhood, growing up on the drug-infested streets of Jacksonville, Fla. Thug Love addresses taboo subjects like street violence, spousal abuse, rape and child molestation. For more information about Thug Love, visit: www.beatmart.com (from Savvy Media)
*Saturday, June 10th, 2006*

Bebo Norman
Although we reported on Bebo's recent leg injury a few days ago, here is Provident's official release on the accident... "During a recent intense game of wiffle ball, artist/producer/composer Bebo Norman sustained a broken leg while attempting to score the go-ahead run at the plate during the First Annual Memorial Day Invitational in Nashville, Tenn. Immediate medical reports indicate that Norman will need to be placed on the 15-day disabled list, possibly extending beyond that period. The September 19, 2006 release of Between the Dreaming and the Coming True, all summer concert dates and Norman’s extensive fall tour in support of the new project all have the green light, however. Barely missing a step, Norman comments from his crutch-supported stance, “I was safe I tell ya, safe!” Bebo is expected to return to the line-up early July, in time for CBA in Denver, Colo. Between the Dreaming and the Coming True, Norman’s fifth major studio release, will be in stores September 19. Norman will be playing dates this summer and touring heavily this fall. For upcoming tour dates and additional information on Bebo Norman, visit www.bebonorman.com." (from Provident Music Group)
Phil Keaggy
Renowned guitarists multi-Dove Award winner and Grammy nominee Phil Keaggy and National Finger Picking Guitar Champion Muriel Anderson will be joined by acoustic folk/rocker Jeremy Casella for an intimate evening of music entertainment. The June 10, 2006 concert (tonight!) will take place at Puckett's Grocery & Restaurant, 20 Fourth Avenue South in Franklin, Tenn. Doors open at 7 p.m. CST for dinner; the show begins at 8:30 p.m. CST. Reservations are required. Tickets are $29.95 for Dinner and Show or $15 for the concert only. The monies raised during the evening will go towards a Samford University student mission trip to Peru under the covering of Scripture Union, USA. For reservations or additional information contact 615-794-5527 or visit www.puckettsgrocery.com. "Legendary" is too mild a word to describe Phil Keaggy's body of work. Hundreds of the world's finest guitarists, including Jeremy Casella, point to Keaggy as both a mentor and inspiration. With more than 50 albums to his credit during his phenomenal 35 year career, Keaggy shows no signs of slowing down. His latest instrumental project, JAMMED!, which releases July 4, 2006 and will be available on and distributed through TAG Artist Group, is a genre-defying album that blends rock, blues and funk with hints of fusion and jazz and features production notes penned by Keaggy himself. He continues to sell out concerts all over the US with his ever-changing style, ranging from rock-and-roll to fully orchestrated instrumental compositions. For additional information about Phil Keaggy and his new album, JAMMED!, visit www.philkeaggy.com. (from McCain PR)
Underoath
Things are heating up for Underoath's newest release Define The Great Line, which streets on June 20th. A second song from the album entitled "In Regards To Myself" is now online! Be the first to hear it at purevolume.com/underoath. Also, don't miss your first chance to check out Underoath's new video for "Writing On The Walls!" The video will be unleashed on MTV2 on the hour, every hour this Monday, June 12th! Also, make sure you check out Underoath as they will be guests on "T-Minus Rock" all that week! Check your local listings for showtimes! MTV2.com will also be streaming the new Underoath album, Define The Great Line, in its entirety starting Tuesday, June 13th for one full week! And right now, when you pre-order Define The Great Line at Tower.com, you will receive a free limited edition 7" vinyl! There are a very limited number of these collector's pieces available, so order now and don't miss out! Place your order here! In addition to the regular version of the album, there are two additional versions of the album available! The Limited "Special Edition" features special packaging with exclusive artwork, plus a bonus DVD with behind-the-scenes, in the studio, "making of" footage, and more. The record is also available as double-gatefold vinyl. For more information and to order one, two, or all three versions of the album, go here! Finally, if you are a Verizon/V Cast customer OR PC user you can get Underoath's new single now by heading over to the V Cast Music On Demand store and searching for "Writing on the Walls" or "Underoath" to find it! The album releases in two weeks, June 20th, but you can get the first single now! (from Tooth & Nail Records)
Chris Rice
Continuing to break ground with his first AC radio single, singer/songwriter Chris Rice (eb+flo/INO/Columbia Records) joins the company of artists such as Daniel Powter, James Blunt, Keith Urban and Kelly Clarkson with his song “When Did You Fall (In Love With Me).” Rice’s single landed at No. 10 on the R&R AC chart this week in between the dynamic duo of Faith Hill and Tim McGraw and multi-Platinum artist LeAnn Rimes. “When Did You Fall” has remained on the AC chart for 16 weeks and continues to increase its spins daily. Most recently the song was added into rotation on the national syndicated radio programs (The Delilah, John Tesh Radio, and Jim Brickman shows). The single is currently receiving airplay in major markets such as Los Angeles (KOST), Memphis (WRVR), Seattle (KRWM) and Orlando (WMGF). (from The M Collective)
Slow Coming Day
Slow Coming Day is returning! "Yes, that's right," the band announced yesterday in a newsletter to fans. "We know that you haven't heard from us in a while, but guess what? Right now we are in the studio recording 5 brand new tracks! We are almost done with tracking the songs and we are very anxious for you to hear the new material. We will be releasing the songs on purevolume and myspace by the beginning of July for you to hear and we will also be pressing a new CD that will be available for purchase at shows. More details to come. In other news, we will be heading out on a west coast tour in late July with Burning Tree Project up to Tomfest and back." For up to date tour information, visit the band's MySpace page at www.myspace.com/slowcomingday or their website www.slowcomingday.com. (from Slow Coming Day)
Disciple
Rock band Disciple has announced that their long delayed DualDisc version of their new self-titled release is finally available! According to the band, "There is tons of video footage from the road, individual band member interviews, live concert footage etc. In addition, there are 4 bonus track songs that have never been released before. This is a limited edition release and because of that, the CD will most likely be available only in Christian retail stores. One thing is for sure, there is only one printing of this CD and when they're gone, they're gone, so don't wait to buy your copy. The bonus tracks are also available on Itunes. Please take some time to go to www.disciplerocks.com and see the updated tour dates listed there. We're going to be all over the place this summer. We're also happy to announce that Red will be joining us for a West Coast tour in September and then we hit the road with Kutless again in Oct-Nov. Keep an eye on the tour dates section as new dates are being added daily." Click here to get your copy online! (from Disciple)
*Friday, June 9th, 2006*

MercyMe
Multi-platinum selling band MercyMe will perform their hit single “So Long Self” (currently #17 with a bullet on R&R’s mainstream AC chart and No. 1 on R&R’s Christian AC Indicator chart, No. 3 on their Christian AC Monitor and No.8 on its Christian CHR chart) live on CD USA this weekend, exclusively on DIRECTV’s channel 101 in HD and 334 (music channel line up) starting Saturday June 10 at 6pm EST / 3pm PST, with rebroadcasts for 2 consecutive days. CD USA can also be seen on all JetBlue Airlines flights over the weekend. MercyMe is also conducting a fun campaign for their MySpace site (www.myspace.com/mercyme)! The band promised their "friends" that once they reached 10,000 friends they would write a special exclusive song just for MySpace, and then a new song for each additional 1,000 friends. This promise has taken off and they are now up to nearly 14,000 friends, and staying true to their agreement, are putting up new songs each time. The latest song is available on the media player, and the previously recorded songs (along with a "campaign speech" from lead singer Bart Millard) are archived in links on the left side of the page under Millard’s “Uncle Sam” photo. (from The M Collective)
OOE
Gotee recording artist Out Of Eden has announced that they will be ending their 13- year run as one of the Christian marketplace’s marquee urban-pop singing groups. Out of Eden The Hits, a twelve-song collection with one brand new song, will release on August 1st to commemorate their career. “This has been such an incredible journey for the three of us. We have been blessed to work with some of the most amazing people and to sing for an amazing audience. I want to send my deepest thanks and gratitude to our Gotee family, Chaffee Management, The William Morris Agency, and all the numerous agencies, management teams, promoters, radio personnel and website managers with whom we have had the pleasure of working,” says Lisa Kimmey. “After 13 years, it's an extensive list, and I am so thankful for each person that put their time and energy into Out of Eden. Really, we're just three women that said "yes" to God as young girls, and we hope that our listeners walk away with the knowledge that God loves them, and that if they give their lives to His use, He can do amazing things with, for and through their lives. Thanks to all our fans around the world. I have loved praising God with you, and I will certainly miss you." Andrea Baca adds, "We have been so blessed to minister and sing to so many people and we thank all of our fans for their support over the years. Though we will not be together as Out of Eden we will continue our ministry of reaching out to young people and sharing Christ with this generation. Thank you to all those who have helped us fulfill the vision that God gave us concerning Out of Eden." “Now that our 13-year career is coming to an end, I can sit and look back with amazement at what God has done” Danielle Kimmey echoes. “He took three normal girls from Richmond, Virginia and gave us a platform on which to speak and minister to a generation. Wow! We couldn’t have done it alone, so thanks to all of you who believed in us, especially our family, our working family and our family at Gotee.” Out Of Eden, comprised of sisters Lisa Kimmey, Andrea Baca, and Danielle Kimmey, has six albums to their credit since debuting in 1994, with the most recent Hymns releasing this past March. With nearly one-and-a-half million albums sold, the group has merited numerous accolades such as the BMG Award for “Best Urban Album Of The Year” two years in a row, as well as two Gospel Music Association Dove Awards, with an additional 11 nominations. Out of Eden The Hits will feature the songs “Lovely Day,” “More Than You Know,” “Greater Love,” “River,” “Window,” “Different Now,” Meditate,” “Rolling Stone,” as well as “Love, Peace & Happiness,” “Soldiers,” “My Faith,” and the brand new song “Mighty Good To Me.” (from LB PR)
StorySide:B
The music video for StorySide:B’s hit song “Miracle” was recently awarded a Telly Award for “Outstanding Music Video” at the 27th Annual Telly Awards. Director Shane Stanley, who was at the helm of the video production for “Miracle”, has multiple Emmy Awards to his credit. The Telly Awards honor outstanding local, regional, and cable television commercials and programs, as well as the finest video and film productions. Gotee band StorySide:B has seen an incredible response to their debut project Everything And More which released last December 26th. The ensemble was recognized with the best new artist debut spot on Billboard Magazine’s Top Christian Albums chart, as well as landing at #77 on Billboard’s Heatseeker chart. The first single “Miracle” made a steady climb on the radio charts with a pre-Christmas peak at the #2 position at CHR Radio. The song also claimed the “Most Added” and “Highest Gainer” title during the climb. The current radio single "Everything and More" is moving up the charts, this week landing at the CHR #6 spot. "More To This Life", the next single in line, is also currently going for adds at the AC format. (from LB PR)
RSJ
Rebecca St. James won't soon forget her midnight tour of Red Square in Moscow where she posed in front of the dramatic light bathed St. Basil Cathedral near the Kremlin with band and road crew. Bringing God's message to the very heart of Moscow was but one unforgettable stop in a tour that was purposely directed to reach parts of Europe-several of them formerly Communist Block countries-- that few Christian artists before her have ever before reached. Just back in the U.S. this week after blazing a trail through eleven European countries in two and a half weeks of concert performances, at a time when Christianity is at a reported all time low throughout Europe, Grammy winning St. James is anxious to share the message that "God is alive and on the move!" She found that truth to be evident in far flung spots she visited including Russia, Hungary, Estonia, Bulgaria, and Faroe Islands. "It was a bit of a groundbreaking tour--an extremely maverick concept for a major artist of her caliber to undertake," noted St. James' London based tour agent, Gary Smith. "Rebecca was keen in the midst of us booking major stops for her like Oslo and Zurich, to challenge us to take the time to seek out opportunities for her to be booked in seldom reached locations such as Russia, Hungary and Bulgaria where young people might be drawn for the first time to hear the music and a message of God in a rock concert setting. We were told by the Russian promoter that Rebecca's concert was the first of its' kind in Moscow," noted Smith. The Australian born St. James was warmly embraced in Moscow. As the rare Christian artist to travel from America to bring her concert tour to the Russian capital she performed to a capacity audience. Noted Rebecca: "Russia was truly an incredible experience! From the bouquet of roses we received at the airport to the tremendously warm reception we received at the concert from the Russian people. God is moving in Moscow and it was such a wonderful experience to be a part of what He is doing." "This concert will be a subject of conversation for a long time in Moscow," noted event organizer Martuynichev Sergey. "Russians fell in love with Rebecca and crew. We are singing her songs and expecting she will be back for an even bigger event in Moscow in the future. We strongly believe that with this concert Rebecca St. James has opened a door for other Christian artists to come to Russia from abroad," he added. Hearing she was touring Europe, a local promoter in the far flung Faroe Islands made contact about bringing St. James and crew to the windswept archipelago of eighteen islands in the North Atlantic. Formerly a possession of Denmark and populated by 50,000 people and 70,000 sheep, the Faroe Islands have their own language, the oldest parliament in the world, and is the rare country in Europe that's heavily Christian. More than 30,000 claim to be born again believers in a country where abortion is illegal and pornography is prohibited by law. More than 1,000 people turned out for Rebecca's Faroe Island concert on May 31st. Noted her concert promoter: "The response was phenomenal! The major mainstream newspaper noted 'this was an extreme example of a top professional and well polished concert.' Parents came with their children and entire families were touched by the music and message." Her concert in Sofia, Bulgaria was also a highlight. "God centered, inspirational and emotional." noted Managing Director Emmanuel Totev who brought Rebecca in for an audience that seldom sees artists traveling from America--much less a well known Christian rock singer. Her concert made national news -and was a rare live music event taped for telecast nationally throughout the entire nation of Bulgaria. Along the way on Rebecca's May 18-June 5th tour of Europe there were more conventional concert stops in the UK, Wales, Switzerland, Germany, Norway, and Austria, In Austria she played a promised return performance for the tiny hamlet of Oberhofen high in the Austrian Alps. The appearance booked by a young Catholic priest found virtually all of the 1,600 residents of the town including the mayor, and the entire Oberhofen police and fire departments turning out to welcome her back. In the midst of it all, St. James is glad to have set her course for ‘the road less traveled' throughout Europe. More than a concert tour, she considers it was a missionary trip. "We saw some incredible moves of God throughout our European concert travels-but we also saw some profound pockets of darkness. It encouraged me not only to want to go back-but to encourage others to take up the challenge and meet the needs of the wonderful people that are present there," she noted. (from Morning Star PR)
Featuring three stages of music, as well as an art gallery, skate park and paint ball, Purple Door announces the line-up for its 11th Annual Festival to be held August 18-19th at Ski Roundtop in Lewisberry, PA. The premier alternative arts and music festival on the east coast, Purple Door boasts a lineup of nationally known artists, including Relient K, MuteMath, Thousand Foot Krutch, mewithoutyou, Denison Witmer, Cool Hand Luke, Joy Electric, Showbread, Paramore, Copeland and Emery. The two day event will also feature up-and-coming artists, such as Anathallo, August Burns Red, Last Tuesday and the Witalla Brothers, as well as a rare appearance from Christian music legends, The Choir. Speakers include Eric Simmons and Josh Finklea. ”We’re excited about this year’s event,” says Chris Strayer, Festival Administrator. “Purple Door is more than just a place for kids to hear their favorite band. We are heading into our second decade with a great line up of diverse styles, an opportunity for young bands to be discovered and an outlet for artists to share their talents.” Sponsored by Mono vs Stereo, the New Band Showcase is back for Round two. Interested bands can submit a three song demo cd, along with a band bio for consideration and a panel of judges will choose the three top bands to perform on the New Band Showcase stage on the Friday night of the Festival. More information about the contest can be found here: http://www.purpledoor.com/06showcase.html. A continuing tradition of the Festival, the event will also feature the Purple Door Art Gallery. Recognizing the calling of the Christ-inspired artist to demonstrate the subtle essence of Truth through the interpretation of humanity, environment, and spirit, The Gallery serves to encourage both young and emerging artists to use their talents as a careful, well-considered expression of this vision through various visual media, as the artist relates to the surrounding world at large. Awards for Best of Show, First, Second and Honorable Mentions will be presented Saturday afternoon. More information about submitting art work for the Gallery can be found online at http://www.purpledoor.com/06gallery.html. The submission deadline for both the New Band Showcase and the Purple Door Gallery is July 21st. For more information about Purple Door and a complete list of artists performing, please visit www.purpledoor.com. (from Springboard Entertainment)
*Tuesday, June 6th, 2006*

BarlowGirl
Following their incredible success at iTunes.com and Yahoo Music’s “Who’s Next” series, Fervent Records’ BarlowGirl has taped exclusive performances for two other major digital sites, Napster and Sony Connect Sets. BarlowGirl’s performance on Napster features four songs from their current critically acclaimed CD, Another Journal Entry; “I Need You To Love Me,” “Never Alone,” “Let Go,” and “Psalm 73 (My God’s Enough).” BarlowGirl traveled to Los Angeles to tape this exclusive performance and all four songs are available for download at www.napster.com. Napster is committed to making great music experiences more accessible to all music fans. Napster.com gives web users the power to legally listen on-demand to a massive catalogue of music from major and independent labels, wherever they are on the Web- for FREE. The Napster music subscription service offers a premium experience that includes unlimited access to CD-quality music and advanced discovery, community and programming features in an advertising-free environment, and Napster To Go subscribers also enjoy unlimited transfer of music to a compatible MP3 player. For the Sony Connect Sets, BarlowGirl flew to LA to tape, “On My Own,” “5 Minutes Of Fame,” “Porcelain Heart," “Never Alone,” and “I Need You To Love Me.” These songs are available for download also at www.musicstore.connect.com. Sony Connect Sets is an exclusive series of musical performances recorded live from their state-of-the-art recording facilities, and engineered for the highest quality by a professional sound engineer. The objective of Connect Sets is to offer both established and emerging artists the chance to expose their audience to a facet of their talent that they may rarely have the chance to show, through acoustic sets performed in an intimate studio setting. In addition to the two new web appearances, BarlowGirl is releasing Another Journal Entry Expanded Edition on August 29 that will include five previously unreleased songs, exclusive website footage, and a BarlowGirl “More Than Music” book. At the same time, a video for “Never Alone” was recently shot in Nashville with Broken Poet Productions and will be released in the near future. (from Bozeman Media)
Bebo Norman
Despite preparing for an all new album releasing this Fall, Bebo Norman has broken a leg in the process... literally. "Y'all... I BROKE my leg," Norman announced in a MySpace bulletin yesterday. "I was in a heated game of wiffle ball... running to home plate trying to score the winning run. I was about to get tagged out, so I was booking it. I jumped on the bat instead of the base. Next thing I know I am on the ground. Don't worry, I was safe. But now I have a broken tibia. Surgery is scheduled, I have to get two screws put in my leg to fix the break. All this to say... for those of you that were going to my show on 6/10 in Gaylord, MI... I won't be there. I will just have had surgery and won't be able to fly at that point. So sorry to be missing you guys. I will keep you updated on this athletic injury. Broken bones and ice packs, Bebo. P.S. We did lose the game after all that." Please keep Bebo in your prayers for a quick recovery! (from Myspace.com/BeboNorman; from JFH)
Sarah Kelly
Grammy nominated artist Sarah Kelly is confirmed to perform @ the world famous "GIG" on Melrose June 9, 2006 @ 8:30 P.M. This is a first "listen" experience for Sarah's closest friends and new fans. Please join Sarah as she sings songs from her unreleased album Where the Past Meets Today. The space will be limited so we're asking that you please RSVP through Sarah's Myspace (www.myspace.com/sarahkelly) or at sarahkellypromo@yahoo.com. Also, if you'll be attending you can email sarahkellypromo@yahoo.com and you'll be sent a flier for $4.00 off at the door. You must have the flier in hand to receive this discount. Age is 21+ I.D. required. Cost at the door is $12.00 without flier. (from Sarah Kelly)
Christian music festival Frenzy takes place once again this weekend at The Highland Hall, Edinburgh, Scotland with Delirious?, Hillsong United, Tree63 and David Crowder Band all on the bill. Other artists confirmed for the UK's biggest one-day Christian music event include Tim Hughes, Kendall Payne, Starfield and Verra Cruz. For tickets or more details, visit www.frenzyfrenzy.com (from )
*Saturday, June 3rd, 2006*

Switchfoot
Switchfoot never seems to tire of giving back to their fans. In a newsletter sent out yesterday, the band has offered a brand new exclusive song entitled "Daylight To Break" free to download! "Hi friends, we've been busy working on our new record here in San Diego," announced bassist Tim Foreman, "and we're feeling really good about it. The new songs are sounding great, and we're hoping to have a new record out before the end of the year (uh-oh, did I say that out loud?). We wanted to thank you guys for supporting a little band from San Diego for past 10 years (can't believe it's been that long!), and we can't think of a better way than to give you a free new song. Thanks for being a part of our music, enjoy!" To download "Daylight To Break" for free, click here! In other band news, Switchfoot earned a spot on ASCAP's Top 50 list of the Most Performed Songs of 2005 with “Dare You To Move” from their double-platinum 2003 release, The Beautiful Letdown. The band was honored at the 23rd Annual ASCAP Pop Music Awards celebration held May 22, 2006 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles. Switchfoot, Eurythmics and Papa Roach performed at the event. (from Switchfoot)
Third Day
On Sunday, May 28th, multi-platinum-selling, GRAMMY and Dove Award winning rock band, Third Day led worship for the drivers chapel service at NASCAR's Nextel Cup Coca-Cola 600 in Concord, NC. Motor Racing Outreach (MRO), the chaplain program serving the racing community, invited the band to lead the worship service that was attended by several drivers, crew members and their families, just prior to the 400-lap race held at the prestigious Lowes Motor Speedway. The service was broadcast to the NASCAR racing community on Fox Sports via Direct TV. Following the service, the band was presented with an official NASCAR racing helmet autographed by all current drivers on the Nextel Cup circuit. Earlier this year Third Day received its fourth consecutive GRAMMY nod for its Live Wire CD, and completed the Spring leg of its “Wherever You Are Tour” selling out theaters and arenas all over the country. Over the past decade, Third Day has amassed 22 #1 radio singles and sold almost six million albums, with RIAA certifications including one Platinum record, one Platinum DVD, and five Gold records. (from Provident Music Group)
T-Bone
Flicker Records recording artist T-Bone has a featured role in the MTV movie, All You've Got, which stars artist Ciara and Laila Ali, the daughter of boxing legend Muhammad Ali, among others. In addition to playing a "crazy, Hip Hop volleyball announcer," in the film, two of T-Bone's songs, "Follow-T" and "Bounce" also are featured in it, according to T-Bone's web site. The movie premiered on MTV on May 20 and was released on DVD on May 22. (from GMA)
RSJ
While Rebecca St. James is closing out her current European tour with a televised concert this weekend from Moscow, she tops both the album and singles charts in her Australian homeland as her current single "You Are Loved" and latest album If I Had One Chance To Tell You Something (EMI/Forefront Records) this week hit #1 simultaneously on "The Rock Across Australia" (TRAA) chart-Australia's key industry radio/programming pulse for Christian music. Noted Wes Jay of Woodlands Media, the voice of TRAA, in talking about St. James' current dual #1 chart placements and her overall impact on the Australian music scene: "Since TRAA began tracking airplay in 1999, Rebecca St. James has consistently shown that her music and her message resonate with the heartbeat of this generation. ‘You Are Loved' is one of several #1 singles and numerous Top 10 hits for her on Australian Christian radio. She is simply an outstanding communicator and whether she's onstage or off stage her life is consistent with her message in music." TRAA's Top 30 is published weekly, presenting the most played songs on Australian Christian radio as compiled from airplay reports, collated and weighted by population and average spin rates per station. St. James' current tour of Europe today finds her in Oslo, Norway-nearing the end of a schedule that has taken her to 11 countries in less than three weeks. Tour stops have included UK, Wales Austria, Switzerland, Germany, Estonia Bulgaria, Hungary, Faroe Islands, Norway and upcoming televised concert this Sunday, June 4th, in Moscow. In mid-June Rebecca will return to Europe as a headliner on the celebrated EO Youth Day Concert to be held in Holland and expected to attract upwards of 20,000 concert goers for the event that will be telecast throughout the continent. (from Morning Star PR)
*Friday, June 2nd, 2006*

Bebo Norman
Artist/producer/composer Bebo Norman has announced the September 19th release of his fifth studio album, and first in two years, Between the Dreaming and the Coming True, on Essential Records. The new project was co-produced by Bebo Norman and artist/producer Jason Ingram. Track 6, “The Way We Mend,” was produced by Glenn Rosenstein. According to Norman, “Between the Dreaming and the Coming True is a turning point for me as an artist. Everything feels new to me again; from the writing process to production and performance. I really couldn’t be more pleased with how these songs turned out, and I can’t wait to get on the road and play them live.” With the arrival of the new album, fans are certain to see and hear a new Bebo Norman, one that has fully stepped into a new place in life. Norman adds, “I’m at a place in my life where I realize it’s alright to be confident... that you can’t be the underdog forever.” The result of this new-found confidence can be heard on the project through string and horn arrangements that provide more lush and majestic moments, while still being raw in places. String arrangements for the project were done by John Painter. Norman, along with Painter, arranged horns on “I Know Now,” with Painter playing French horn, trumpet and trombone on the song. Instrumentalists on Between the Dreaming and the Coming True are: Adam Lester - guitar; Tony Lucido - bass; Ken Lewis - drums/percussion; Gabe Scott - accordion; Shane Keister – piano; among other extraordinary musicians. The first nine songs on the album tell a story, one that Bebo did not set out to tell, but is thankful it came together. Bebo shares, “I’ve never written a group of songs that expressed more intently life lived in the real and in the everyday. It is about hope eternal played out against the backdrop of a difficult world and a sometimes dark age. This is a record about a life of true and honest hope lived somewhere ‘Between the Dreaming and the Coming True’.” “The title Between the Dreaming and the Coming True was inspired by a book by Robert Benson with the same name. It was so poignant to me because this really is where life as a believer is lived,” says Norman. The story unfolds in the following eleven tracks: “Into The Day,” “Be My Covering,” “Time Takes Its Toll,” “I Know Now,” “I Will Lift My Eyes,” “The Way We Mend,” “To Find My Way To You,” “Bring Me To Life,” “My Eyes Have Seen Holy,” “Sunday,” and “Now That You’re Gone.” Norman will be touring heavily this fall. For upcoming tour dates and additional information on Bebo Norman, visit www.bebonorman.com. (from Provident Music Group)
Texan pop/rockers The Afters will be featured this Saturday June 3rd on Entertainment Tonight on MTV! Tune in to see this exclusively taped piece at 10:30 am EST on Saturday (it will re-air on Sunday, June 4th at 7 am EST) (from The M Collective)
The "Lifesong Tour" may have closed its' remarkable three month spring run in early May but the relationships built and the lessons learned by Beach Street Records' young singer/songwriting discovery Josh Bates have enriched his life forever. The artist, whose current single, "King Of Glory" is nearing the top of the national music charts in the Inspo catagory, termed the opportunity of touring with Casting Crowns "a tremendous honor and the opportunity of a lifetime for me spiritually!" Josh's participation in the spring edition of the Lifesong Tour put him onstage before an audience of 209,000 concert goers in the 47 city run that posted 19 sell-outs. More than crowds, Josh appreciated the ministry value of the tour with fellow artists Casting Crowns, Nichole Nordeman, and speaker, Tony Nolan. "I come from a ministry background- my dad is the senior pastor at the church where I serve as the praise and worship youth leader in my hometown of Independence, Kentucky. I love more than anything to see people being saved and giving their hearts to the Lord, so to be a part of a tour that's ministering so mightily and impacting lives the way the Lifesong Tour did was a major thrill to me," notes Josh. "I count Mark Hall as not only one of the greatest songwriters of our time, but he's also one of the greatest youth pastors, and leaders of the faith," Josh continues. "He's become a mentor to me because of the tour. We had Bible study every single night-and we had prayer every day on the tour. I had people come up to me on the road after the concerts and say, ‘we think that it's awesome that you are still the youth leader at your church, and that Mark Hall is still youth pastoring at his church-it's cool that you guys didn't set everything aside for awhile just to concentrate on music.' It reinforced to me the importance of continuing to use my music as a vehicle to get the message out," concludes Josh. Highpoint of the tour for him personally came on a memorable night during the concert stop in East Rutherford, New Jersey. He recalls: "A young girl with blonde hair came up to me and said ‘Josh, I don't know how to tell you how much your music has meant to me. I lost my dad a year ago and at that time I couldn't find any comfort anywhere for the longest time. Then on the radio one day I heard your song ‘Perfect Day' and immediately a peace came over me-I knew where my dad was and I was able to praise God.' She thanked me for putting out that song and I remember thinking, ‘This is what's it's all about. It's about reaching peoples' lives for Jesus." The 23 year old Kentucky native is humbled by the acceptance at radio of his second single "King Of Glory. "I think it got great response on the tour, but it was hard for me to tell each night because I was so engulfed in worship singing it, I usually didn't notice anything else that was going on," he noted. "Mark Hall told me it's his favorite song of mine from the album-so it's very special to me for that reason as well." Ahead for Josh is a series of summer festivals and concert appearances. He will also begin the writing process this summer on his second album for Beach Street, to be produced by Mark Miller. This fall Josh is set to headline his first national tour. Billed as the "Sound Of Light: Traveling Road Show," the tour will launch in early September and run in concert through early November with dates and cities to be advised. Featured with Josh on tour will be Jack Eason of Sound of Light, celebrated new artist Joanna Martino, Beach Street's new discovery Kelly Pease, and other artists to be announced. Immediately on the horizon for Josh Bates is a June 4th television appearance on Hour Of Power, originating from the Crystal Cathedral in California. The program is syndicated to a worldwide audience of an estimated 20 million potential viewers. (from Morning Star PR)
*Thursday, June 1st, 2006*

JoC
Here are official details on our April announcement of Jars Of Clay's latest recording... Multi-platinum and three time GRAMMY winning band Jars of Clay gears up for the release of its highly-anticipated seventh studio project, Good Monsters, on September 5. Long considered a critical success, Jars of Clay has also enjoyed major commercial success over its decade long career, including a double-platinum selling debut project, and more than 5 million records sold in total. Along with its loyal fan base, the band has, in recent years also found a community with poets and deep thinkers. With Good Monsters, the band set out to capture its communal experiences and have a bit of fun with the process. The result is an outstanding collection of tunes that are engaging upon first listen, and increasingly captivating with each additional spin: rock hits, without sacrificing the intelligence and depth of Dan Haseltine’s poetic lyrical genius. “I was not sure how all of the experiences of the last few years would translate into music,” Haseltine shares. “There have been so many things to look at and describe. This record is part confessional, part euphoric love poem, part bitter divorce, and part benediction. It was born out of many experiences and conversations between addicts, failures, lovers, loners, believers, and beggars. And so the language of recovery and the honest discourse about our attempts to live apart from God and apart from each other is a theme. Engaging people who are doing the hard work of laying their lives open to others, and avoiding isolation, has allowed me to see that there is both immeasurable evil and unfathomable good mixing under my own skin and it is grace, mercy and freedom that allow me to not simply be a monster, but to be a good monster.” With eleven original songs, and a remake of the Julie Miller-penned anthem “All My Tears,” Good Monsters even boasts a few stirring guest appearances: Nashville-based, singer/songwriter extraordinaire Kate York guests on “Even Angels Cry,” and formerly of Sixpence None the Richer, Leigh Nash, sings on “Mirrors and Smoke,” while the moving, “Light Gives Heat,” features the African Children’s Choir. Good Monsters, completely self-produced by the band, contains the first single, “Work,” which will be serviced to CHR formats on June 23rd, and AC formats on July 7th. Additionally, mainstream radio promotional efforts are pending at this date, as well as plans for an extensive Fall tour. For more information please visit: www.jarsofclay.com (from Provident Music Group)
Big Idea
Universal Pictures brings everyone’s favorite talking vegetables back to the big screen worldwide in early 2008 with the release of The Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything–A VeggieTales Movie. The CG-animated family film is based on Big Idea’s enormously successful VeggieTales franchise and features the creative team behind the series, Phil Vischer and Mike Nawrocki. The announcement was made yesterday by Universal marketing heads, Adam Fogelson and Eddie Egan, and Big Idea COO, Terry Pefanis. The Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything–A VeggieTales Movie will be directed by Mike Nawrocki and is based on a script written by Phil Vischer, who will also serve as executive producer through his production company, Jellyfish Labs. Big Idea’s David Pitts will produce. The film will feature an original soundtrack by Kurt Heinecke. Cast with a boatload of VeggieTales stars, The Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything is a comedic adventure filled with family-friendly lessons on the importance of doing what is right, even when it’s difficult and discovering that real heroes don’t have to be tall, strong, handsome…or even human. VeggieTales’ second feature film follows the highly successful 2002 release of Jonah–A VeggieTales Movie that grossed over $25 million theatrically. Since 1993 VeggieTales has helped teach kids values like honesty, kindness, and forgiveness with its unique blend of humor, award-winning animation, and infectious “Silly Songs.” With nearly 50 million videos sold, VeggieTales is one of the most popular kids’ series in America and continues to be an innovator in values-based family entertainment. "The beloved and hilarious VeggieTales characters, and the beautifully designed and rendered CG animation have made this franchise a favorite of families everywhere," said Fogelson and Egan. "We're delighted to be partnering with Big Idea on bringing these vegetables back to the big screen in an all new adventure full of fun and music." “It’s great to see Bob and Larry attracting new generations of fans more than a dozen years after we first introduced them,” said Vischer. “I’m looking forward to working with Mike, Big Idea and Universal to bring The Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything–A VeggieTales Movie to the screen for all our fans, both young and old.” Added Nawrocki, “We couldn’t ask for a better partner than Universal in bringing VeggieTales back to the big screen.” The Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything - A VeggieTales Movie opens in modern day suburbia at the local pirate themed restaurant, where derring-do and turkey legs go hand-in-hand five nights a week. But not for Sedgewick, Elliot and George (Mr. Lunt, Larry the Cucumber and Pa Grape). While they love all things piratical and dream of taking the stage in the big show, Elliot’s timidity, Sedgewick’s laziness and George’s lack of self-confidence relegate them to busing tables and refilling drinks. When they finally do get up the courage to audition, the three would-be swashbucklers manage only to destroy half the stage set. Out of luck and out of work, they stand dejectedly outside the restaurant as a strange, ancient-looking metal ball lands at their feet. It is a “Helpseeker,” sent from another time and place in search of heroes. After scanning the three moping misfits, it sets in motion events that will send them back to the 17th century to face real pirates in a real pirate adventure, and in the process challenge everything they believe about themselves. (from Hoganson Media)
Fusebox
According to a recent newsletter from modern worship act Fusebox, Hero! The Rock Opera is going back on tour this Fall! Fusebox's Billy Buchanan will be revisiting his Dove Award-nominated role as Kai, The High Priest. Visit for some tour dates. Speaking of Fusebox, after a slight delay, the band is back in the studio finishing up their next album, Transparent. The release has been pushed back to January 2007, but the first single should be out by the end of the summer. (from Fusebox; Jesusfreakhideout.com)
Krystal Meyers
Dove Award-nominated artist Krystal Meyers has landed the #1 spot with her anthemic single, “Anticonformity” on general market radio in Japan, ousting legendary rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers from the top. Coming on the heels of the release of her self-titled album in Japan, “Anticonformity” is currently atop the domestic and international general market radio charts in Japan. Additionally, Meyers is currently gracing the covers of Nylon Magazine Japan (June edition) and Bounce Magazine (June edition). “I simply cannot believe this,” exclaims an ecstatic Meyers. “Overwhelmed doesn’t begin to describe how I feel towards the reception I am receiving in Japan. God wanted this all to happen and I am so thankful to be a part of it.” Meyers is returning to Japan for the second time this year to visit with media and retail. During her first outing, between March 25 and April 1, she performed a show for over 500 contest winners, saw retail and media, interviewed with MTV Japan, and did her cover photo shoot for Nylon Magazine Japan. Since the U.S. release of her debut album on Essential Records, seventeen year-old Meyers has garnered a Dove Award nomination for New Artist of the Year, had three Top 10 singles (“The Way To Begin”, “My Savior”, and “Anticonformity”), and performed before more than 400,000 people. Krystal Meyers’ second studio project, Dying For A Heart, will be in stores September 19. (from Provident Label Group)
Starfield
Award-winning Sparrow Records' band Starfield received unprecedented first week sales for its critically acclaimed sophomore recording, Beauty in the Broken. The album not only received a 100% sales increase over their 2004 self-titled debut, but also landed the No. 1 spot on the iTunes Inspirational chart. With fully 20% of its sales attributed to scans from digital service providers such as Napster, SonyConnect and iTunes, Beauty in the Broken also claimed the No. 15 spot in iTunes? Alternative Top Album chart and No. 54 on the overall Top Album chart amidst such acclaimed bands as Coldplay, Keane, Goo Goo Dolls and Madonna. "The strength of the Beauty in the Broken debut has been achieved by reaching Starfield's generation through not only traditional retail, but the gaining popularity in digital sales," says Bryan Ward, Sparrow Label Group's Director of Artist Development. "Starfield is meeting their generation where they live: online." For the first time, Starfield's generation also has the ability to download the band's songs as ringtunes for their cell phones. Downloading information can be found at www.StarfieldOnline.com. (from Hoganson Media)
Radial Angel is one of those bands that you just can not get enough of, and with Waiting On Love you will be able to get more. Radial Angel has been working hard in the studio trying to put together their best album to date. With their most recent hit “Beautiful” this record is bound for greatness. Since the band’s formation in ‘99 in the heart of Oklahoma, they have turned out several independent albums with sales topping 30,000. Their first self-titled independent release with the single “Down” was high on the charts and was largely responsible for their being named amongst the Top 20 Impacting New Artists by Progressive Airplay Journal in 2001. The band’s major label debut, One More Last Time, was released in 2003 and included the long-time radio favorite single “She.” Since then, Radial Angel has found even greater success despite the dissolve of Squint Entertainment, proving to their fans as well as the industry that they are at the top of their game and here to stay. Grammy nominated producer, Eric Delegard, was brought on board for the band’s last record, Summer Fade, their most successful album to date. Sky’s the limit for Radial Angel and with Waiting on Love set to release June 13th there is no turning back on what will most certainly be a hit record. Radial Angel will be touring throughout the summer and into the fall. For more information visit www.radialangel.com. (from Big Machine Media)

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