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June, 2012


*Friday, June 29, 2012*

Amy Grant
Last weekend, multi-platinum and Grammy Award winning artist Amy Grant welcomed nearly 600 of her biggest fans to enjoy a weekend with her in Tennessee. The event kicked off Friday night with an Amy Grant and band 'by request' concert, followed by a Saturday morning session to hear Grant and popular author Donald Miller share about the beauty of our individual and collective stories. Saturday afternoon the gates to her farm opened and fans spent the afternoon riding hot air balloons, skeet shooting, playing picnic games, painting, chatting with Grant and listening to members of Grant's band perform cover tunes... all while enjoying...
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Next week, Hillsong LIVE will release their latest church release, Cornerstone, on July 03, 2012. This album will mark the 21st LIVE release from Hillsong. Hillsong LIVE is the expression of worship from the globally influential Hillsong Church. Pre-orders of Cornerstone are available now at iTunes, which already went No. 1 on the iTunes' Christian & Gospel Chart during the pre-sale...
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BeBe Winans, the critically acclaimed superstar R&B and gospel vocalist-songwriter-producer, and six-time Grammy Award winner, has released his latest album, AMERICA AMERICA (Razor & Tie). Winan's will perform on July 4th on ABC's Good Morning America and his television special, BeBe Winans' America America, will also air on July 4th on Centric at 8:00 PM EST (with an encore presentation at 11:00 PM EST). Legendary singer Gladys Knight will join Winans on "America the Beautiful" and the great Cicely Tyson will contribute special readings to the evening. BeBe Winans will also be featured on QVC July 3rd at 10:00...
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*Thursday, June 28, 2012*

Nichole Nordeman
Dove Award-winning singer/songwriter Nichole Nordeman offers a poignant and personal look at God's relentless pursuit of humanity with Love Story, due August 28 from Worthy Publishing. Subtitled The Hand That Holds Us from the Garden to the Gates, Nordeman's first book traces God's unyielding mission from the beginning of time to rescue His beloved, in our most fragile and broken condition. Based on the best-selling multi-artist recording, Music Inspired By The Story (EMI/WOW), which Nordeman co-wrote...
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MercyMe
Proving their unparalleled ability to connect with listeners, Grammy-nominated, American Music Award and multiple GMA Dove Award winners MercyMe have been standing tall in the top spot on the Christian AC chart for a solid month now, with their multi-week No. 1 smash "The Hurt & The Healer." As the lead single from the studio album of the same name--the band's seventh project--the song has also snagged the No. 1 position for multiple weeks on other charts including AC Indicator...
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Lillenas Publishing Company announces today an expansive agreement with LifeWay Worship, joining forces to facilitate sales and order fulfillment of their church music repertoire over the next five years. The new partnership makes way for Lillenas Publishing Company to relocate its administrative offices to Nashville, Tenn. where they accepted an offer from Trevecca Nazarene University to house the Lillenas Publishing Company administrative offices on campus...
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POD
P.O.D. has released a track by track video for their forthcoming new studio album Murdered Love -WATCH HERE at Metrolyrics.com. The video offers an exclusive music preview and band commentary for the full album. P.O.D.'s first new album in four years, Murdered Love , is set for release on July 10th 2012 on Razor & Tie- available now for pre-order now on iTunes. The official video for the band's first single "Lost In Forever" is available on...
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Asthmatic Kitty's husband & wife duo The Welcome Wagon released their second full-length album, Precious Remedies Against Satan's Devices, on June 12, 2012 much to the joy of fans and critics alike. Vito and Monique Aiuto, a Presbyterian pastor and his wife who make up The Welcome Wagon, simply invited others to join them for 51 minutes of church...and they came running! Here's what critics are saying...
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Casting Crowns
Following the successful auction of his “Han Solo Carbonite Desk,” which raised more than $10,000 for charity in 2010, Casting Crowns’ frontman and movie memorabilia collector Mark Hall is at it again. Currently, Hall is auctioning his one-of-a-kind “Marvel Superhero Desk,” inspired by box office hit “The Avengers,” now in theaters, with all proceeds going to World Vision’s WASH (Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene) program...
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*Wednesday, June 27, 2012*

Jason Gray
Two of Christian music's most innovative and talented artists are scheduled to launch their first tour together this fall. An Acoustic Evening With Jason Gray And Todd Agnew Tour marks the first time the pair has toured together and will bring their chart-topping music in an intimate stage performance. It's a chance for audiences to hear the inspiration behind such songs as "God Undefeatable," "Grace Like Rain," "Remind Me Who I Am" and "More Like Falling in Love." The tour kicks off on September 28th in Bend, OR and concludes November 12th in South Padre Island, TX...
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Israel Houghton
Four-time GRAMMY, multiple Stellar and Dove, and Soul Train Award winner Israel Houghton will share the stage for the very first time with peers Kirk Franklin, Marvin Sapp and Donnie McClurkin on The King's Men tour. The 15-city major market US tour begins Sept. 16 at Comerica Theatre in Phoenix and travels coast-to-coast through Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, Atlanta, Washington, DC and more before culminating in Brooklyn, NY at Barclays Center Oct. 14. Tickets for the tour are on sale now at Ticketmaster.com...
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*Tuesday, June 26, 2012*

Deas Vail
Deas Vail release a new EP featuring 6 poetic and emotionally filled, acoustic, rare and unreleased tracks, titled The Side Effect EP, available digitally from Mono vs Stereo, on June 26. "We're excited about "The Side Effect" EP as a compilation of songs that are special to us but haven't had the attention they deserve. 'The Side Effect' is one of our favorite songs from the self-titled recording sessions because we really stretched ourselves in it. We were able to create some great moments in that song. Although it didn't...
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Poughkeepsie rock group Abel have premiered the first new track, "Fire Walk With Me," from their forthcoming album, Make It Right, which is scheduled for release on September 18. The track is streaming now, exclusively at Altpress.com: http://bit.ly/MPHQL4. Formed by four close friends with a passion for creating honest art, Abel released their first full-length, Lesser Men, in late 2010 to over 14,000 downloads and an aggressive touring schedule...
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Sidewalk Prophets
Sidewalk Prophets, 2010 Dove Award winners for "Best New Artist," treated Nashville Sounds' fans to an hour-long concert Friday night at Greer Stadium just prior to the baseball game against Oklahoma City. The Fervent Records' artists performed the title track, "Live Like That," from their new album which resides at No. 2 on Billboard's Christian Songs chart. On March 27, Sidewalk Prophets released their sophomore effort, Live Like That, on Fervent Records...
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Integrity Music is celebrating 25 years of music and ministry with a landmark anniversary double-CD and bonus DVD, 25 Songs That Changed The Way We Worship, releasing today! Song stories for each of the 25 songs are included in the packaging, and a few of these compelling stories are included for you inside the full report...
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The 9th Annual CCM Network International Songwriting Contest has announced its Songwriter of the Year, Keith Elgin. The singer/songwriter, whose winning song is "Made For More" from his self-titled EP, will receive prizes including studio time with one of the industry's top record producers. CCM Networking International was founded in 2004 to offer resources to the current and next generation of Christian music artists, songwriters and worship leaders...
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*Monday, June 25, 2012*

House Of Heroes
Gotee Records band House of Heroes are road ready and looking forward to the release of their new album COLD HARD WANT, produced by Paul Moak (Mat Kearney, Lovedrug) and mixed by J.R. McNeely, in stores and online July 10. Starting today until July 6, House of Heroes will premiere lyric videos for each song from COLD HARD WANT at select sites for 24 hours only, a daily tweet from @coldhardwant will reveal the link to the site with the exclusive each day. Follow House of Heroes at http://twitter.com/#!/coldhardwant...
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Thousands of students from 25 colleges throughout the southeast contributed more than $21,000 to help provide waiting orphans with forever families through Show Hope™ adoption grants. In the process, more than 67,000 students were exposed to Show Hope's Red Bus Project this spring in the newly launched orphan care program featuring a British double-decker-bus-turned-rolling-thrift-store. Show Hope is a movement to care for orphans founded by Steven Curtis Chapman and his wife Mary Beth...
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*Sunday, June 24, 2012*

As I Lay Dying are making a brand new song available as a free download for tomorrow, June 25th, only! The band announced: "Beginning at midnight PST on June 25th, a free download of our brand new track "Cauterize" will be available at http://www.asilaydying.com/ for 24 hours only. "Cauterize" is an advance track that will appear on our upcoming album, available this September. Get ready"...
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*Friday, June 22, 2012*

POD
P.O.D. has released a new lyric video for "Murdered Love," the explosive title track from its forthcoming new studio album. -WATCH HERE at Loudwire.com. The new song is another look into Murdered Love (Razor & Tie), P.O.D.'s first new album in four years set for release on July 10th 2012. The album is available now for pre-order now on iTunes. Earlier this week, P.O.D. also filmed an official music video for "Murdered Love" with Ramon Boutisveth (All That Remains, For Today, Trivium) in their hometown of San Diego, California...
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Authentic Media, a leading UK-based book publisher and distributor, and EMI CMG Distribution have signed a long-term fulfillment and retail distribution agreement to establish Authentic Publishing, the North American division of Authentic Media. Greg Bays, Senior Vice President of sales and marketing for EMI CMG Distribution said: "Authentic Publishers has a genuine vision for delivering quality Christian resources around the world. EMI CMG Distribution is excited to be part...
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Former Tooth & Nail Records rock band Search The City continues to rise up from the ashes, with the guys preparing for a new demo, titled "Watch The Stars Fall," releasing June 27, 2012. The band's brand new lead vocalist, Travis Bobier, addressed fans a few hours ago in a classy way about his new position and replacing former vocalist Josh Frost...
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*Thursday, June 21, 2012*

Owl City
Owl City has announced details of his new full-length studio album The Midsummer Station - due out August 21st on Universal Republic. It was a month ago when we announced news of the new album and gave fans a taste of what to expect with the release the Shooting Star EP on Tuesday, May 15th. Since then, through a series of incredibly successful Twitter interviews where #OCTMS trended worldwide, Owl City revealed the details of the album along with the incredible cover art...
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Hawk Nelson
Since the announcement that the band's guitarist, Jon Steingard, would be replacing lead vocalist Jason Dunn as the front man for the pop punk/pop rock outfit Hawk Nelson, the now-trio has been hard at work on new songs and preparing for life as the new line-up. Check out Jon's recent reflections, from HawkNelson.com, of last Friday's first live performance (at a festival) as the band's new incarnation...
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Paul Baloche
This week marks the release date for Bellarive's debut album, The Heartbeat (Sparrow Records). Produced by Bellarive and Joshua Silverberg (Luminate, Abandon) and mixed by Allen Salmon (Gungor, Building 429), The Heartbeat made an unprecendented debut at No. 1 on iTunes' Christian & Gospel Album chart, holding the top spot for two days. The album can be purchased from iTunes and from Amazon and at all Christian retailers...
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John Schlitt
Multiple Grammy and Dove Award-winning recording artist John Schlitt has hit the Billboard and Christian Music Weekly (CMW) music charts with "Hope That Saves The World," the lead single from The Greater Cause, the legendary vocalist's fourth solo CD. The single, co-written by Schlitt and his producer, Dan Needham, landed in the No. 29 spot on Billboard's Christian Rock chart and No. 25 on CMW's Rock chart. "With the new chart positions, it's clear that people all over the world are responding...
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Paul Baloche
Dove Award winning songwriter and worship leader Paul Baloche ("Open The Eyes of My Heart," "Hosanna," "Above All," "Your Name") hits the road June 25 for a "Brown Bag" tour with his Integrity Music labelmate and Saddleback Church worship leader Travis Ryan, ("Fearless," "Jesus, Precious Jesus"). The two are joined by recording artists Haley Morgan Smith and Allan Scott for free worship concerts hosted by Christian radio stations in Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Washington, DC...
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*Wednesday, June 20, 2012*

Chris August
As the lead single from the appropriately dubbed The Upside of Down-due out August 21st-"Center Of It" is certainly the new center of attention at Christian radio. As Chris August continues to recover from an April skateboarding accident that left him hospitalized, the Dove Award winner had both Christian AC and CHR's most-added single in its debut week for "Center Of It." The single is being played at 64 stations so far, receiving support from an impressive 57 total stations in its first week impacting radio. Additionally, the song, co-produced by August and Ian Eskelin, is now available via iTunes®, where it debuted in the Top 10...
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Reach Records, home to award-winning artists such as Lecrae, Trip Lee and Tedashii, is proud to present KB as its newest hip hop artist to join their diverse roster. Together, they will unveil the debut album Weight & Glory, available in stores nationwide starting July 17, 2012. Weight & Glory is the follow-up full-length album to Kevin Burgess' (otherwise known as KB) 2011 mixed-tape, titled Who is KB? Since its debut, the project has quickly become a fan favorite garnering over 30,000 downloads to date. In addition, KB has been featured on many Reach Records projects including...
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toby
Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) celebrated the songwriters and music publishers behind the past year's most-performed songs in Christian music tonight during the organization's annual Christian Music Awards, held at BMI's Nashville offices on Music Row. Consistent chart-topper tobyMac earned his third consecutive Christian Songwriter of the Year crystal and shares the 2012 honor with Casting Crowns frontman Mark Hall, singer/songwriter Matt Maher...
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Arthur Maurice "Ruffian" Ayler, 28, of South Salem, died Sunday, June 17, 2012 at Adena Greenfield Medical Center. He was born Sept. 4, 1983 in Fayette County, the son of Rudolph and Evelyn (Mitchell) Ayler Jr. He was a forklift operator at C-Mold in Greenfield, and in the summertime he assisted Baxter's Pool Installation and was a music artist through the Scribbling Idiots group, with the stage name of "Ruffian." He was a member of Masterline Youth Ministry...
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in:cast events brings Stepping Up National Men's Simulcast event featuring FamilyLife's Dennis Rainey, James MacDonald, Robert Lewis, and Crawford Loritts to churches and men's groups Saturday, August 4, 2012. "We are excited to partner with FamilyLife for the Stepping Up simulcast," said Chris Thomason, chief executive officer of in:cast events. "Their credibility and servant heart in ministry is unparalleled and the perfect organization to deliver this timely and important message on courageous manhood from a Biblical perspective...
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*Tuesday, June 19, 2012*

Tal & Acacia
Sister duo Tal & Acacia have begun work on putting together their second studio album, Black & White, but need fan support to fully produce the new recording. The twosome released their debut album together as "Tal & Acacia" back in 2009, titled Wake Me, via Essential Records, exclusively in digital format before re-releasing it in early 2010 on CD. Last year, Acacia teamed with Superchick guitarist Dave Ian for a special Christmas project he put together, while the sisters last released new music together on the compilation Freedom: Artists United For International Justice Mission in late 2010...
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Tenth Avenue North
Acclaimed band Tenth Avenue North announces "The Struggle" fall tour, its biggest headlining tour to date, visiting more than 35 cities from mid-September though late November. The tour, featuring guest artists Audrey Assad and Rend Collective Experiment, will support Tenth Avenue North's Aug. 21 studio release, The Struggle, whose lead single "Losing" debuted with an incredible 73 adds out-of-the-box that included the KLove, WAY-FM and Air1 networks. Kicking off Sept. 13 in Sewell, New Jersey (Philadelphia area), "The Struggle" fall tour...
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Andrew Peterson
It's with great excitement that Centricity Music announces the upcoming release for Andrew Peterson, Light for the Lost Boy, in stores August 28, 2012. The project, produced by longtime friend and producer Ben Shive (Jeremy Camp, Sara Groves, Matt Wertz), along with Cason Cooley (Katie Herzig, Mat Kearney, Audrey Assad), features ten new songs written by Peterson. The album will be available in three formats; CD, special edition CD with a 32-page booklet written by Peterson and seven acoustic extra songs, and on a vintage vinyl record. The special edition and vinyl projects will only be available online and at Peterson's concerts. The album's title and several of the songs reflect the growing up years of the Peterson children, while at the same time bringing...
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Children 18:3
Tooth & Nail Records' rock trio Children 18:3 receives rave reviews for their third label release, On The Run, available today. In addition to the media praise, Children 18:3's current radio single "Moment to Moment" broke into the Top 10 on the Rock charts. Watch the album trailer here to get a taste of what fans are talking about. This week, media outlets such as JesusFreakHideout and IndieVisionMusic are featuring this Minnesota-based rock group on their homepages as well as this...
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Tim Hughes
Kingsway announces the global release of Tim Hughes Ultimate Collection, a 16-track album from the Dove Award winning writer of "Here I Am To Worship." With a heart and passion to encourage worship in the local church, Hughes has penned numerous songs, including "Beautiful One" and "Happy Day," that have become standards in congregations around the world. The Tim Hughes Ultimate Collection celebrates Hughes' journey, from his early days leading worship at Soul Survivor, to his arrival at Holy Trinity Brompton in London and his role as leader for the London-based Worship...
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Open Your Doors, the latest full-length recording from folk/pop singer/songwriters Jenny & Tyler, released April 3 to widespread critical acclaim. Produced by Mitch Dane (Jars of Clay, Bebo Norman), the project features 10 selections written or co-penned by Jenny & Tyler Somers, along with two instrumental offerings. CCM Magazine proclaims, “If you’re looking for the next hot act (and if you’re not already hip to them), then Jenny & Tyler are the husband/wife duo you’ve been searching for.” “…on Open Your Doors, Jenny & Tyler follow the lead of couples...
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*Monday, June 18, 2012*

Project 86
Orange County rock band Project 86 has announced plans to release their long awaited, new album, Wait For the Siren, on August 21. After a catalogue of successful releases on both major and independent labels, P86 decided to go an entirely new route with this new release: partnering directly with their fans. After a successful Kickstarter campaign which raised tens of thousand dollars, they have emerged with a reinvented sound which demonstrates why they are one of the most formidable rock bands around. To celebrate their loyal fan base, the band is offering a free MP3 download of their first single from the album, "Fall, Goliath, Fall...
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SCC
Show Hope, a nonprofit founded by Steven Curtis Chapman and his wife Mary Beth, helps care for the most pressing needs of orphans around the world and is getting ready to celebrate ten years of ministry in 2013. As that milestone year approaches, the Chapmans and the entire staff of Show Hope invite you to help reach the goal of 10,000 sponsors, helping provide loving adoptive families and medical care for thousands of orphans worldwide and in the U.S.! "We are so excited about this dream, this idea to get our Show Hope sponsorship number to 10,000, doubling our impact for orphans...
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Despite continuing to headline countless local, regional and national shows and co-headlining a show with A Plea For Purging, Corpus Christi has been hiding away from the spotlight since the release of their second album in 2010, A Feast For Crows. However, they've slowly begun giving out details on some upcoming new music from the band. Their song, "Seeing You Again," from A Feast For Crows, was recently featured for the UFC fighter Victor O'Donnell and aired on MTV 2 on March 16th. The band also had their name featured on the fighter's shorts. In late May, the guys announced that pre-production...
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Has the church orphaned its own men to outside culture? Based on their behaviors, the unequivocal answer to that question is a resounding "yes" with few exceptions. Men are the most under-reached audience within our churches, with millions affiliated, but not activated. When men are aligned with culture: the church, women and children suffer. When men are aligned with God: the church, women and children thrive. SLEEPING GIANT is the total solution and process that equips pastors and leaders to empower the men of the church to align with the senior pastor's vision, transforming not only individual churches, but the surrounding...
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*Friday, June 15, 2012*

For Today
For Today drummer, David Morrison, has announced that he will be stepping down as drummer for the Christian metalcore band. Morrison will be moving to South America in September to do missions work in Ecuador through Extreme Nazarene. The For Today replacement drummer will be David Puckett, formerly of the band The Crimson Armada). David Morrison prepared a video statement to address For Today's fans which can be viewed HERE David has also released the following statement...
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Vertical Church, the newly launched Harvest Bible Chapel platform to comprise book, music and film projects, announces its first audio worship release: Live Worship From Vertical Church by its worship team, Vertical Church Band. The 13-track CD, delivered in partnership with Essential Worship/Provident Label Group (one sonic society, Elevation Worship), will be available July 31. The project will release in conjunction with pastor James MacDonald's (Chicago-based Harvest Bible Chapel and national Bible teaching ministry Walk in the Word) new book, "Vertical Church" and supported by a 40-city national tour which will feature members of Vertical Church Band...
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Pillar
Rock fans will be sporting a big grin today as Grammy nominated artist Rob Beckley's first solo single "Value of my Heart" becomes available today. In addition to being Beckley's debut as a solo artist, "Value of my Heart" will also make history as the first single exclusively released by next level record label idefi Music. "This song was something my old friend and producer Travis Wyrick and I worked up" he says. "It's a song about knowing your worth something, in relationships and in life. Never take that for granted." For years Beckley served as lead vocalist for the band Pillar...
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Hailing from San Antonio, Texas, southern belle Marlene Brehm took a chance and dropped everything she knew and made her move to the Golden State to pursue her dreams of music, acting and business….and what a success she has been thus far! With her work featured in Chicken Soup for the Marketing Soul and Success from Home Magazine, Marlene continues to expand her dreams in California by officially creating her first album, Reach The Sky, under Dream Records / EMI CMG...
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Surrounding this Father's Day, a few of Word Entertainment's artists wanted to share their family traditions, favorite gifts and ideas, and even a few special stories celebrating their very own Father's. Happy Father's Day from Warner Music Nashville and Word Entertainment...
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*Thursday, June 14, 2012*

Bleach
This year, Murray Hill Theatre, one of Jacksonville, Florida's longest running live music venues, is commemorating their 17 years of operation by holding a 2-day festival style event in August featuring some of music's biggest names: Disciple, Bleach, A Plea For Purging, Sent By Ravens, House Of Heroes, Nine Lashes, My Epic, Run Kid Run, The Wedding, As Hell Retreats, Onward To Olympas, To Speak Of Wolves, Becoming The Archetype, Wolves At The Gate and several local bands; plus several acoustic singer/songwriters on the Café stage. The festivities are scheduled for August 17 & 18, 2012 at the Murray Hill Theatre, located at 932 Edgewood Ave South, Jacksonville, Florida...
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Acclaimed Actress, NAACP Image Award Nominee and Dove Award-Winning Singer TAMELA MANN is set to release her highly-anticipated Gospel CD BEST DAYS on August 14, 2012 through TillyMann Music Group Inc. and distributed by Central South Distribution. That week, Mann also celebrates the release of Sparkle, starring Jordin Sparks and Whitney Houston, in which she is featured playing the role of Houston's best friend, "Sarah Waters." The film hits theaters on August, 17, 2012. The first single from BEST DAYS, "Take Me To The King," penned and produced by Tamela's long-time friend and Gospel icon, Kirk Franklin, is taking radio by storm. The first week of release, the track was the most added and received most increased plays debuting at #20 on the Gospel chart. This week, "Take Me To The King" climbed to #11 on the Gospel radio chart...
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*Wednesday, June 13, 2012*

House Of Heroes
Gotee Records band House of Heroes are road ready and looking forward to the release of their new album COLD HARD WANT, produced by Paul Moak (Mat Kearney, Lovedrug) and mixed by J.R. McNeely, in stores and online July 10. AbsolutePunk.net says, "They make rock music without the compromise we see (or hear) from other bands" and Highwire Daze thinks "it shows a band at the very height of their creativity, ready to rock their hearts out once again." Starting this week at www.coldhardwant.com more of the album...
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Building429
Pop/rock band Building 429 (Essential Records) sets a new record on the Billboard National Christian Audience chart with "Where I Belong" holding the top spot for 15 consecutive weeks. The group continues its momentum through 2012 with an impressive summer festival circuit and non-stop fall touring. Written by Building 429 frontman Jason Roy, and award-winning songwriter/producer Jason Ingram, "Where I Belong," is from the band's fifth studio project, Listen to the Sound, released in May of 2011...
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Dream Records is very excited to announce the summer releaseof Polarized by Dowler. Featuring a high energy track list of Dowler's trademark organic, wide-open 'Rock and Roll' sound with songwriting that explores where hardship and hope meet. Polarized, Dowler's first release with Dream Records, is an honest and soulful delivery that explores a number of challenging themes, revolving around relationships ranging from marital to political to the personal connection we each have with Christ. Added to the gutsy rock and roll is versatile honest songwriting, making Dowler sound equally at home...
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My Block/Columbia Records inspirational duo and WE tv reality stars Mary Mary participated in one of the largest celebrity studded surprise events this decade, Friday, June 8th. Faith-based entertainment mogul, Bishop T.D. Jakes was honored by worldwide dignitaries, leaders, and celebrities in a surprise gala commemorating his 35 years of ministry and service. Hosted by CNN's Soledad O'Brien and director/writer/producer, Tyler Perry - friends of the mogul descended into Dallas, TX to showcase their support and admiration for his flourishing career and global impact and influence...
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The Sunrise is proud to announce the release of their second album, We Have Not Heard, featuring guest appearances from legendary guitarist Phil Keaggy and Crosby Stills Nash & Young drummer Joe Vitale. Self-proclaimed "Jesus People," James and Rebecca Mileti may singlehandedly be reviving the Jesus Music genre with their latest release from indie label The Winchester Records. The Sunrise has a sound that has been compared to 'a Christian Wilco' and the White Stripes by Jesusfreakhideout.com, while Goldmine Magazine compared...
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*Tuesday, June 12, 2012*

toby
Multiple GRAMMY Award winner TobyMac releases his brand new single "Me Without You" today, already topping the iTunes chart at #1! This summertime pop smash sneak previews his next album, EYE ON IT, available everywhere August 28. iTunes and Amazon MP3 offer a digital single bundle, which...
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*Monday, June 11, 2012*

Our Heart's Hero
Former Gotee Records pop rock band Our Hearts Hero are back with a brand new studio album, titled Shine On. Last week, the band sent out the following announcement with details about the new album and its hit title track: "This has been a very exciting week for Our Hearts Hero! We have released our brand new album, "SHINE ON". We've worked on this project for over 2 years...
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Women of Faith, the nation's largest live event for women, will unveil its most transformational tour yet: "Celebrate What Matters." The cross-country tour will highlight some never-before-seen elements including a live worship band, a new state-of-the art stage and live ballet, among others. This revitalized experience features a 4-month, 23-city North American tour launching on August 3rd in Columbus, OH with a diverse line up of 27 well-known speakers, authors, musicians and performers spread throughout. "I'm honored to return to Women of Faith and the 'Celebrate What Matters' tour...
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*Friday, June 8, 2012*

B.Reith
Hip-Hop fans know full well - and newcomers quickly learn - that B.Reith is as versatile an artist as you'll find in the industry, which means it's tough to predict what he'll think of next. He's as adept at singing a silky pop ballad as he is delivering an expertly crafted rap rhyme, and he's recently revealed a new strategy to balance the many muses that tug on his inventive mind. "I've tried before to please everybody, just to see if that was possible," Reith says. "Now, I'm focusing on one area and hitting that hard for a while...
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Worship act The Digital Age, comprised of former members of David Crowder*Band, released their debut project this week, an EP on iTunes called Rehearsals. The guys have been practicing new tunes as a band without Crowder at the helm and have been posting videos of such practice sessions on their website for the past couple months. This EP is comprised of the music from those sessions...
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Everyday Sunday
Everyday Sunday is revving up for their new studio album, A New Beginning, set to release this fall. The debut single from the new album, "Calculate," releases on iTunes on Monday, June 11th, and will be released to radio stations nationwide on June 29th. Several stations throughout the country have already begun spinning it. To go along witht he song, the band has also released a lyric video for "Calculate," which can be viewed...
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Hillsong LIVE is the expression of worship from the globally influential Hillsong Church. This year Hillsong LIVE returns with their latest church resource, Cornerstone, which will release on Sparrow Records July 03, 2012. This album will mark the 21st LIVE release from Hillsong. This local church creative team has a commitment to continually resource the Body of Christ with fresh songs of worship and a deep passion to see people connect with the Living God in a real and personal way...
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Facedown Records' new Summer Sampler is available now, for FREE, and features tons of new music from Facedown Records. You can download the sampler here: https://s3.amazonaws.com/facedown/2012_Summer_Sampler.zip...
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*Thursday, June 7, 2012*

Capital Lights
Tooth & Nail Records' announces the sophomore release from Capital Lights titled Rhythm 'N' Moves releasing in stores and on digital outlets July 17. This is a follow-up to the band's highly acclaimed 2008's debut This Is An Outrage! Media are already following in love with this new release as this early review states, "It's definitely a summertime ready album full of memorable hooks and unforgettable melodies" (IndieVisionMusic). Next week, June 11, Tooth & Nail Records will be premiering the song "Coldfront Heatstroke...
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A PLEA FOR PURGING will be playing our final U.S. shows alongside long time friends, AS HELL RETREATS in August and September of this year. The run has been dubbed the "QUIT YOUR BAND AND GET A JOB TOUR." The last seven years have been amazing so come have one more party and a few more stage dives with us at one of these final shows...
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*Wednesday, June 6, 2012*

Project 86
Anticipation is rising for rock band Project 86's newest studio album, Wait For The Siren, their first independently released record since the 2003 initial release of their fan-favorite record, Songs To Burn Your Bridges By. Wait For The Siren releases August 21, 2012, but you don't have to wait until then to get new music from the album. Sign up now for the band's email newsletter and receive Project 86's FREE download...
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For Today
Razor & Tie's latest developing act For Today's new studio album Immortal crashes into the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart this week debuting at #15 and #3 on the Independent Chart with over 14,700 albums sold in its first week out. Immortal also lands on a number of other Billboard charts including: #1 on the Hard Music Chart, #1 on the Christian Current/Contemporary Chart, #1 on the Top Christian/Gospel Chart and #7 on the Rock Music Chart...
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RSJ
Recognized as one of the Christian music industry's most acclaimed foreign globetrotters, Grammy Award winning artist Rebecca St. James will take her music and ministry across the Pacific to Japan this weekend for a much anticipated concert and conference event at Yokota Air Force Base. The base located just outside of Western Tokyo is home to a military personnel community of more than 14,000. "Rebecca this weekend has the very unique opportunity of reaching...
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B.Reith
Xist Music and UpLift! Group have joined forces with world-leading child-sponsoring organization Compassion International to present the MOVE TOUR-the highly anticipated follow up from the producers of the acclaimed 25-city MISFiT Tour 2011. MOVE TOUR 2012 is a movement to challenge, refresh and ignite the world through a life-changing MOVE of God. This annual tour brings excitement, inspiration and a strong transformative Biblical message through an electrifying musical experience that will engage any audience...
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Mary Mary
Following the release of a hot single ("Go Get It") and a new hit album of the same name, R&B/gospel recording duo Mary Mary still make time to get around town. On June 3rd, for the second year in a row, superstar sisters Erica and Tina Campbell attended the 7th Annual 'A Cinderella Ball,' a yearly event in the nation's capital that seeks to improve the quality...
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Israel Houghton
Following two back-to-back Billboard Top 200-selling, GRAMMY Award-winning solo studio albums, Israel Houghton returns with New Breed for their first live recording in five years, Jesus At The Center, releasing Aug. 14 on Integrity Music. Recorded live with thousands of worshippers at Houston's Lakewood Church, this double-CD, 17 song album with three additional studio singles features Israel & New Breed returning to their roots, delivering new anthems for the modern day church. The recording follows the group's critically acclaimed, GRAMMY Award-winning, A Deeper Level...
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*Tuesday, June 5, 2012*

The City Harmonic
Gathering a "New Artist of the Year" GMA Dove Award nomination in the midst of its 65-city tour with newsboys that wrapped up last month, The City Harmonic immediately launch into the festival season with main stage appearances at major events across the US. Known for its engaging live performances, the band also announces its first national US headline tour in support of its highly acclaimed and first full-length album, I Have A Dream (It Feels Like Home). The headline "I Have A Dream Tour" begins in November and features special guest artist Daniel Bashta...
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MARS HILL CHURCH is excited to announce the launch of the MARS HILL MUSIC label. This new venture is made up of a variety of musicians and worship leaders who serve throughout the 14 Mars Hill churches. Mars Hill Church is known for innovation. From its early beginnings in 1996, Mars Hill has been committed to the philosophy that each local Mars Hill Church would engage the culture in its local surroundings and point people to Jesus. With each of the bands and artists, listeners can quickly get a sense of the community where the songs and the artists were established...
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Incorporated in 1987, Integrity Music is celebrating 25 years of music and ministry with a landmark anniversary double-CD and bonus DVD, 25 Songs That Changed The Way We Worship, releasing June 26. The collection features the original songs by the leaders that have helped shape the sound of worship over the last 25 years, including "Open The Eyes of My Heart," "Give Thanks," "Shout to the Lord," "Ancient of Days," "Trading My Sorrows," "Revelation Song," "How He Loves" and 18 more. Helping to launch the ministries of Paul Baloche, Israel Houghton, Hillsong, Darlene Zschech, Kari Jobe, Lincoln Brewster...
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The Choir
The Choir is set to play the final day of the Cornerstone Festival on July 7, 2012 at Bushnell Campground outside of Chicago, Illinois. The Cornerstone Festival began in 1984, and The Choir had the honor to play at that very first festival to a crowd of 5,000. "Cornerstone Festival is honored to be sharing our final event with a wonderful band like The Choir," shares Cornerstone Festival Director, Scott Stahnke. "From our first event in 1984 to our last event in 2012, it has been a joy to have them bring their remarkable music to the Cornerstone stage year after year...
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Pop/Rock act Phao just announced the June 19th release of Playing with Fire. The full length follows the successful Something Cold EP. In addition, the band announced plans for a CD release show in Canada, other spot dates and a summer festival in the United States. When Something Cold dropped two months ago, it quickly climbed the charts and debuted at #5 on the iTunes rock charts (Canada), ultimately landing at #4. The four-track EP acted as a preview of the full length - each song appearing on both records. It received excellent reviews...
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The Premier Foundation, in partnership with CBA (The Association for Christian Retail) today released the slate of honorees for the 2012 Champions of the Faith Awards and Benefit Concert. Those scheduled to be honored in their respective catagories include: Business, Ed Kobel (DeBartolo Development); Music, EMI CMG; Charity, Campus Crusade for Christ; Sports, Pat Williams (Orlando Magic); Author, Lysa TerKeurst (Proverbs 31 Ministries); Christian Vendor, Thomas Nelson Publishing; Christian Retailer, For All Bible Center...
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Sara Groves will be appearing at the secluded Laity Lodge in Leakey, Texas from June 28-July 1. Relax, unwind and immerse yourself in the beauty of the Frio River Canyon in the breathtaking Hill Country of Texas. Attend the upcoming retreat at Laity Lodge and your soul will be refreshed. Guests are invited to join the Laity Lodge family for a retreat titled "Get Found: Moving Out of Hiding Into Community." The retreat, held Thursday, June 28 - Sunday, July 1, is designed to help Christ-followers...
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Men-need to restore your zest and vigor for life? The answer may not be in a little pill after all but between the pages of the new book from David W. Pierce-To Kill A Zombie (The Year I Came Back To Life-And Why). From Leafwood Publishers, the new offering is a collection of stories of one man who was intentional about re-connecting with his fellow human beings. He took the challenge-killing the zombie within and ultimately...
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Former airline pilot, Mike Foster, is trading his wings for beans as he opens FosterHobbs Coffee Roasters. This leap of faith into the gourmet coffee market is no impulsive move, but comes after years of pursuing the finest coffees of the world and garnering this knowledge to produce the perfect cup. Combining this, his love and appreciation of coffee culture and his philanthropic spirit, the notion of FosterHobbs Coffee was conceived...
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*Monday, June 4, 2012*

JFH
Jesusfreakhideout.com™ (JFH) is one of the world's largest Christian music online resources. This August, the site will celebrate 16 years spreading faith-based music and news across the world. Formed in 1996, Jesusfreakhideout has become one of the priority portals for all things music and faith-based entertainment as fan’s first source for reviews, exclusive interviews and concert reviews. With the strong industry relationships built over the years, Jesusfreakhidout has hand-picked and compiled some of their favorite unsigned or indie label artists to create their first ever free MP3 compilation. JFH is proud to announce the release of Songs We've Been Trying To Tell You About (And Others We Haven't), Volume One...
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PFR
On the 20th anniversary of its Grammy-nominated album debut, Pray For Rain, on Sparrow Records, Dove Award-winning Christian rock band PFR has reunited and is prepping for the 12 in 2012…And Beyond Tour, their first national tour since 1997. Concerts will take the band to Portland, Ore., Kansas City, Nashville, Indianapolis, Chicago, Atlanta, and the Arizona cities of Tucson, Phoenix and Flagstaff. For the tour, the legendary band has partnered with ChildFund International to encourage sponsorship of special needs children throughout the world. PFR chose to work with ChildFund, in part, because of bass player and vocalist Patrick Andrew's personal story as the father of two special needs children...
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Sanctus Real
Many of you may have heard the news that the tour bus of Sanctus Real was involved in a fire early yesterday morning, destroying the entire bus and losing all of their personal belongings. Thankfully, everyone that was on the bus got out safely and no one was injured At approximately 4 a.m. Sunday morning, the band members and a few of their family members, including four children, were all on the bus departing from their performance in Mitchellville, Maryland, on their way to return home to Ohio and Tennessee. While on the Pennsylvania Turnpike, their bus driver saw flames via the side...
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Me In Motion
Renowned songwriter, producer and Centricity Music artist, Seth Mosley has signed a new long-term contract with Centricity Music Publishing, extending his working relationship with Centricity for another season. Mosley, front man for Centricity Music artist Me In Motion, has been recorded by some of the biggest names in Christian music that include; Jason Crabb, Mercy Me, Phillips, Craig, and Dean, Mark Schultz, Jason Gray, Moriah Peters, Disciple, Peter Furler, Dara Maclean, Mikeschair, Samestate, Veggie Tales, Everfound, Audio Adrenaline, and Plus One. He also served as producer on newsboys...
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*Sunday, June 3, 2012*

Sanctus Real
This morning, Sanctus Real's tour bus went up in flames while the band was on the Pennsylvania Turnpike, having just played at Six Flags America in Upper Marlboro, MD with their families. Thankfully, everyone on the bus got off of it in time and is fine, but the band's faithful means of transportation burned right to the ground within hours. With it, the guys lost a lot of their clothes, personal belongings and technology (like laptops and such). Given that their bus is their home while traveling, they lost a lot of things personal to them. At this time, it is still unclear as to what exactly caused the fire...
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*Friday, June 1, 2012*

Anberlin
Top indie bands Anberlin and Mayday Parade announced today the launch of t-shirts that directly support the band's favorite charities. The bands partnered with Downtime, the NY-based service that helps artists and bands use their "downtime" to benefit causes. "We are thrilled to launch with two bands that consistently use their platform to benefit others," said Downtime founder and music executive Jay Harren. "Anberlin and Mayday Parade - with their fans...
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