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June, 2013



*Friday, June 28, 2013*


Newsboys
Newsboys' single "Live With Abandon" is available at digital retailers everywhere this week. Their new single is featured on RESTART, their upcoming full length album which releases September 10th. Check out this video from Michael Tait and Duncan Phillips about the song-- and listen to the new tune on iTunes or Amazon MP3...
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Sparrow Records and Capitol Christian Music Group announce the "GRACE Unplugged" movie soundtrack, set for release on August 27th at both retail and online. "GRACE Unplugged," a Lionsgate/Roadside Attractions feature film starring AJ Michalka, James Denton, Kevin Pollack, Jamie Grace and more, is slated to hit theatres nationwide October 4. The soundtrack features the music heard throughout the movie, including three brand new recordings from Michalka ("Grace Trey")...
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Watch the Hillsong LIVE Pre-Release Event for Glorious Ruins now until Saturday. Click here to view the special evening held at Hillsong earlier this week in anticipation of the release of their 22nd LIVE album on Tuesday, July 2nd. You can hear three new songs from Glorious Ruins as well as the heart and message behind this project from Hillsong's worship leaders Ben Fielding, Jad Gillies, Matt Crocker, JD and more. Glorious Ruins includes 12 fresh new songs...
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FreQ Media Network has launched it's brand new website featuring all original music programming at FreQazoid.com (link). The new media company launched earlier this year under the direction of former Radio & Records Christian music editor Rick Welke. The network is currently offering up a Retro Rock station and a Teen/Tween Pop station. The newest channel on the network that bows this week is a new music Top 40 station featuring the best new art available...
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Syntax's latest venture pairs worldwide digital distribution with a dynamic organization aimed at helping Christians defend their faith. Answers in Genesis, the mastermind company behind the Creation Museum near Cincinnati, OH, produces media for all ages that explains the origins of the universe from a biblical worldview. For the first time ever, the music of Answers in Genesis will be available through Syntax's wide selection of online music service providers...
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*Thursday, June 27, 2013*


Hearts of Saints films a music video for its lead single "Merciful God" from the band's January sophomore release, For All of Us, in Jacmel, Haiti last April. The video, produced by Carl Diebold (Rascal Flats, Gavin Degraw, Switchfoot), was shot over six days during Hearts of Saints' mission trip with non-profit Conduit Mission. The song, and video, were inspired by the earthquake and Haitian people, as frontman Craig Felker explains, "[w]e witnessed how poverty and joy coexist there. We witnessed a hope and love that...
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*Wednesday, June 26, 2013*


Switchfoot
Switchfoot has debuted the trailer for their upcoming documentary, Fading West. Read on for their official newsletter announcement... "We couldn't be more excited to finally share these announcements with you -- after months of preparation, we're now able to release the full trailer for Fading West, our fall tour dates and the lineup for this year's Bro-Am! We can also officially say that our new album, also titled Fading West, will be in your hands this October! The official trailer for Fading West lets you dive a bit deeper into our journey last year, following us through amazing adventures, inspiring places and some heartbreaking struggles. This is still just a taste of what's to come, though, and we absolutely can't wait to share the full-length version with you this fall! Check the tour dates below for where you can catch a screening of the film...
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Derek Webb
People say one of the hardest things to do is admit when you are wrong. Not so in the case for perennial critic favorite Derek Webb who is using his new studio album, I Was Wrong, I'm Sorry & I Love You, to do just that. Announced last week on RelevantMagazine.com, the long-awaited new project will be available beginning September 3. Included in the reveal, Relevant Magazine also gave readers a sneak peak into the release with a full stream of the album's title track (garnering over 5000 streams in the first few days). I Was Wrong, I'm Sorry & I Love You marks the 10 year anniversary of Webb's solo debut (She Must and Shall Go Free) and continues the conversation that began from his first record. In addition to playing almost every instrument on I Was Wrong, I'm Sorry & I Love You...
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Love and the Outcome
Word Entertainment's Love & The Outcome, recently included in Billboard's "Bubbling Under" feature on new and noteworthy acts, are gearing up to release their self-titled debut album on August 27. The 11-track album recalls the highs and lows of the journey vocalist Jodi King and bass player/vocalist Chris Rademaker have braved since departing their homeland of Canada, risking it all to pursue their musical dreams. That Jodi and Chris are also husband/wife makes the story that much more vivid. The album features the duo's debut single, "He Is With Us," which skyrocketed to the Top 25 on Billboard's Christian Songs chart and No. 10 on Canada's CCRC chart in a little over a month since its release (iTunes link here). On Tuesday, Love & The Outcome launched an online campaign here by asking fans to share their own story about how He is with them by tweeting with the tag #HeIsWithUs...
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We As Human
The bar has been set very high for new rock band WE AS HUMAN. As the flagship artist on the Hear It Loud imprint label (via Atlantic/Word Records) and the touted prodigy band of Skillet's John Cooper, expectations could not have been higher for WE AS HUMAN and their debut, self-titled release that hits stores this week. Fortunately for fans, WE AS HUMAN has delivered. In addition to feature articles in the Houston Chronicle, HM Magazine, CCM Magazine, Rock Edition and an exclusive album premiere on...
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*Tuesday, June 25, 2013*


Decyfer Down
It's been a five-year wait for new music from North Carolina hard rockers Decyfer Down, but it was time well spent. The follow-up to the successful 2008 release CRASH, will floor their long-time fans boasting a tantalizing mix of moody anthems, driving guitars and a heavy sound that is matched by weighty spiritual lyrics. Scarecrow, which releases on August 27, 2013 proves the old adage, "good things come to those who wait." Leading the pack to release date is "Fight To Win," the band's first single off the record which hits digital retailers today including iTunes and Amazon. Additionally, their song "So In Love" became...
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Skillet
Nearly four years since their last album, two-time GRAMMY®-nominated and platinum selling rock band Skillet aren't showing signs of slowing down. The new release, out today, comes as the highly anticipated follow-up to Skillet's mega-selling project AWAKE. The praises for RISE are pouring in with the project being called one of the "Best Rock Albums of the Year." With a Top 5 slot on the iTunes® Overall Chart and the deluxe edition not far behind at No. 7, the band is also narrowing the gap on the iTunes® Rock chart, holding both the No. 2 and No. 3 slots...
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for King & Country
On Saturday night, for KING & COUNTRY took the stage at New Life 91.9 FM WRCM's "Faith, Family and Freedom Celebration" at Charlotte Motor Speedway in front of an audience of over 16,000 fans. The celebration also featured performances by Building 429, Mandisa, Sanctus Real and Plumb. In addition, this weekend the band's critically-acclaimed debut album, Crave, launched back into the Top 10 on the iTunes' Christian Albums chart over 70 weeks after its initial release...
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Chonda Pierce
Chonda Pierce is known for Southern charm, neck snapping wit and a consistent ability to fill an arena, so it's no surprise that the sassy sensation was recently honored as the 'Top Certified Female Comedian' by the RIAA for career certifications comprising eight gold and three platinum long-form DVDs. In addition, on Saturday, June 22, Pierce performed to a sold-out, hometown crowd at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium. The venue echoed with laughter as she delivered three hours of non-stop hilarity. The event was captured on film and will become her 10th long-form DVD. From Spanx and plastic surgery to men and 'tips...
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The highly-anticipated new sophomore solo album RESET, from Stellar Award-winning gospel star, songwriter, producer and actor Isaac Carree is available now, today June 25th, in stores and online everywhere. Featuring Carree's powerhouse vocals, with brilliant lyrics and catchy melodies that leave a strong impression on mind and spirit, RESET marks another captivating creation from one of gospel's most innovative talents. His Top 10 hit single, the R&B-tinged "Clean This House," continues to rise, skyrocketing to #2 on the latest Gospel radio charts out this week...
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Matthew West
Four-time GRAMMY® nominee Matthew West is set to play at Nashville's famed Grand Ole Opry tomorrow, Wednesday, June 26. Appearing on the Opry stage for the third time in his career, West will be appearing alongside Opry members Bill Anderson, Larry Gatlin and Ricky Skaggs, as well as Keith Anderson, Sunny Sweeney, Aaron Tippin, and newcomer Sara Haze. This performance follows his debut at the first ever "Sunday Morning at the River" held during the recent 2013 CMA Music Fest. On the Opry stage, West will be sharing some of his favorite hits with the audience, such as his most recent No. 1 hits...
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Spoken word artist and emcee Propaganda, also known as Jason Petty, sheds light on the issue of identity, which affects so many youth today, through a new short film in partnership with the movement I am Second. Propaganda has gained respect in the hip-hop world as a master of the performance art of spoken word, pairing lyrics and rhythm to create a powerful combination. His album, "Excellent," released from Humble Beast Records in fall 2012, moved 27,000 units in week one, hit No. 4 on the iTunes Hip-Hop Chart and landed on the Billboard Top 200...
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In an effort to help bridge her new adult-oriented worship album, "Roots for the Journey," with her younger fans, Yancy has created a free companion app that will help parents teach each song's scriptures and Biblical truths to their children through devotions, conversations, prayers and activities. "Roots for the Journey" was released on May 21st from Elevate Entertainment, and the app is available now...
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*Monday, June 24, 2013*


Dara Maclean
Fervent Records' soulful recording artist Dara Maclean debuts the music video for her new single, "Wanted," today on Myspace (Link here). Directed by Heidi Groff and shot over two days on the small Mexican island of Isla Mujeres, the video showcases Maclean touring the streets of the city and spending time with the local children. "Wanted" is produced by Paul Mabury (All Sons & Daughters, Meredith Andrews, Hillsong) and written by Justin Ebach, Mabury and Maclean. "'Wanted' is about a universal need, speaking to the child in all of us that is desperately...
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Texas-based rock band Sleep for Dreaming has partnered with JesusFreakHideout.com, one of Christian music's top online destinations, to host today's exclusive world premiere of their debut music video "Memories." Produced by Revolution Media Group, the video further explores the song's lyrics that point to God reworking a relationship according to His plan, resulting in something better than either party ever imagined...
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Norma Jean
Norma Jean has premiered their first single "If You Got It at Five, You Got It At Fifty" from their forthcoming new studio album, Wrongdoers, on mainstream website Metal Sucks. Wrongdoers will be released on August 6th through Razor & Tie. The album was recorded at Covenant Recording Studios in Kansas City with producer Josh Barber and was mixed by Jeremy Griffith. Pre-order bundles for Wrongdoers are available at MerchNow...
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Press Play
Dove Award-nominated band PRESS PLAY recently announced their October 1st release for their highly anticipated new album #LITO. The band's 4th studio album on DREAM will have fans pleased with songs ranging from the up tempo self-titled radio single, "#LITO" to the slower yet hugely emotional, "Songs For The Broken". PRESS PLAY recorded the album in Minneapolis, MN, where the group teamed up with producer, David Thulin, who also worked on World Anthem...
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Pop/rock band Hearts of Saints signs a publishing agreement with Daywind Music Publishing at Daywind's offices in Hendersonville, Tenn. earlier this month. Chad Green, senior creative director at Daywind, comments: "It has been a privilege getting to know the members of Hearts of Saints, their music, and their ministry over the past year and I am very excited to partner with them going forward...
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Capitol CMG
Capitol Christian Music Group (CCMG) announced today the promotions of Greg Bays and Steve Blair. Bays will now serve as Executive Vice President of Capitol Christian Distribution, and Blair as Vice President of Sales and Catalog Development. “Greg has effectively led our distribution company as its Senior Vice President through the digital market transformation while maintaining a steady focus on Christian retail including...
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*Friday, June 21, 2013*


Building429
The accolades continue for Essential Records pop/rock band, Building 429, at BMI's 2013 Christian Awards last night. The group's frontman, Jason Roy, took home the top honor for Christian Song of the Year due to the enormous success of the hit single, "Where I Belong." The song was co-written by Roy and award-winning producer/songwriter, Jason Ingram, and became Billboard's Christian Song of the Year in 2012 and was the longest running No. 1 single in Billboard's NCA chart history at fifteen weeks. Building 429 was also honored with opening the night's festivities, where the band delivered a memorable performance of "Where I Belong"...
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Without divine interference, it is very unlikely that Christian Hip Hop fans would have ever heard of Tony Tillman. With the June 25th release of his upcoming project entitled, "The Tillman EP," the Reflection Music Group artist's music and ministry continue. Tillman enlisted the help of some of his friends this time around, and the six-track EP includes collaborations from such artists as Beckah Shae, Tedashii, Canon, Sho Baraka and more. Tillman grew up in a single parent home in the projects of Arkansas, surrounded by gangs, drugs, crime and very little hope...
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New Day Christian Distributors now counts the wildly popular Duck Commander® line of products among its latest retail offerings. The hit brand, which includes items such as "Uncle Si's Tea Cup," the "Faith, Family, Ducks" t-shirt, souvenir cups, bracelets, mugs and more, has become a best-seller since New Day introduced the line in March, with new products being added daily. Duck Commander® is both the name of the famous duck call and subsequent multi-million dollar enterprise...
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*Thursday, June 20, 2013*


Tricia Brock
Multi-talented singer-songwriter and artist Tricia, of the GRAMMY-nominated group Superchick, shines through with her solo album, Radiate available on August 13, 2013. The long-awaited project follows her recent three-song EP, Enough, which gave fans a preview into Tricia's new music. Radiate includes the singer's lead single "Enough," which journeys through the reminder that God's love is always enough. With high-energy elements and pop ballads, the 12 track release stands as a bold statement to Tricia's natural progression into her career as a solo artist...
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Audio Adrenaline
Israel Theme Tours is proud to announce that Audio Adrenaline will be taking fans to Israel, January 5-14, 2014. The 10-day, VIP-style tour of the Holy Land will offer fans a once-in-a-lifetime vacation experience for the entire family. The Audio Adrenaline Holy Land Tour will feature band members Kevin Max, Will McGinnis and Jason Walker, plus founding member Mark Stuart of Hands & Feet Project and special guest speaker/author Jamie George. Audio Adrenaline will join the tour group each day for a variety of activities, including exclusive fan...
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Centricity Music's breakout rock band, Unspoken, has broken the label's record for first week radio adds with their new single, "Lift My Life Up." The follow-up to the band's top 10 hit, "Who You Are," had thirty Christian radio stations adding the song "out of the box." The adds include such major stations as The Fish/Los Angeles, CA; SOS Radio Network/Las Vegas; NV, New Life Media; KTIS/Minneapolis, MN; WCSG/Grand Rapids, MI; WTRJ/Jacksonville, FL. The single is from Unspoken's latest EP, The World Is Waking, which will be available at all digital music outlets June 25th...
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Mark Lowry
Home to a diverse collection of artists from every genre, Syntax Distribution expands yet again to partner with contemporary Christian music legend and comedian Mark Lowry as he releases Unforgettable Classics. The album features pop standards from the era of Frank Sinatra and Nat "King" Cole. Syntax gives these vinyl favorites a new life through digital distribution. "Unforgettable Classics is a collection of songs I hope young...
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It’s no secret that Hip-Hop is a male dominated genre. With current ladies of Hip-Hop often displayed as vixens, there is a void in true representation of today’s woman. Who can adequately and accurately speak to women’s issues? National recording artist, and GRAMMY-Award winner, Thi’sl, provides answers in his forthcoming label release: GIRL CODE. “I wanted to contribute to the lack of female presence in Hip Hop. There are some powerful women in this industry that just haven’t been heard. My goal is to bring dope female artists to the limelight, and to introduce some new voices that many in Christian Hip Hop haven’t heard,” Thi’sl said...
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Tim Chaddick, author and pastor of Reality LA, one of the fastest growing churches in the heart of Hollywood, announces the release of BETTER: How Jesus Satisfies the Search for Meaning. Hitting stores nationwide on September 1, 2013 through David C. Cook, Chaddick's latest project addresses questions we often avoid but inevitably must ask while unveiling the answers to anyone asking the "Why" questions of life. In Better, Chaddick unpacks the ancient wisdom of Ecclesiastes...
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*Wednesday, June 19, 2013*


Amy Grant
On June 20, six-time GRAMMY® award winner Amy Grant will appear on ABC's "The View" to perform her next single "If I Could See." The appearance kicks off the beginning of a national television media blitz for Grant in support of her best-selling and first studio record in a decade, How Mercy Looks From Here. Grant is also set to tape an interview and performance with WNYC radio's popular Soundcheck show, which will stream live here on the 21st at 2pm ET and is scheduled to air on the station June 25. Additionally, she will take to the outdoor plaza stage, performing on "Fox and Friends" June 22 and appear on ABC's popular lifestyle show "The Chew" on July 19...
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Veteran Christian Music Artist, Crystal Lewis, is entering the next season of her music. She has launched her campaign via Kickstarter in an effort to raise $40,000.00 to fund both an English and Spanish version of the album. Kickstarter is a popular crowd-funding platform for creative projects. "It's been 26 years since the release of my first solo album. That is a long time to do the same thing but I believe that God loves taking us to new heights. He is giving us glimpses of His grace from new angles and using us in new ways we never would have dreamt. While technology has changed substantially in the last 26 years, I believe that God's message of love...
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Relient K
After four years since their last full-length studio album, GRAMMY®-nominated Relient K returns with their seventh LP project, Collapsible Lung, on July 2 (Mono Vs. Stereo). Fans can pre-order the album now at iTunes for $7.99 and get an exclusive track, "That's My Jam," that's cleverly written with 90s band titles and names and features Owl City. Click here to pre-order Collapsible Lung. This album will be a digital only release with physical and special edition vinyl copies available at Relient K shows this summer. Relient K is a band that writes from personal experiences...
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MultiTracks.com, the largest digital retailer of original master MultiTracks in the U.S., announced the release of a new mix platform called CustomMix™ that allows their customers to mix and export a song straight from their web browser. Since launching in 2006, MultiTracks.com was the first company to introduce the download of multi-tracks created from original master recordings where a worship leader can use any combination of individual part to enhance their live sound. MultiTracks has pioneered agreements with many of the largest music labels and publishers in the Christian music industry including Capitol CMG, Integrity Music...
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All Things Bright & Beautiful: Hymns for the Seasons, an instrumental collection produced and arranged by acclaimed singer/songwriter Andrew Greer, has topped Neilsen Christian SoundScan's Instrumental chart for eight consecutive weeks. Created exclusively for Parable Christian Stores by Lucid Artist Management and co-produced by Chris Kimmerer and Johnson Roberts, All Things Bright & Beautiful has also been Parable's overall best-selling recording for seven weeks, according to the Parable Christian Stores/CMW National Retail chart...
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American Vision is pleased to announce the release of "How to Answer the Fool: A Presuppositional Defense of the Faith" on DVD. Produced by American Vision in association with Crown Rights Productions and Absolute Apologetics, the feature-length film and companion study guide are now available for a limited time exclusively at AmericanVision.org. Both items will be in stores nationwide on August 6th, with distribution by Elevate Entertainment. Not since the late Dr. Greg Bahnsen debated...
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*Tuesday, June 18, 2013*


Everfound launches the pre-order for their self-titled Word Entertainment debut album today in their official online store (store.warnermusic.com/everfound) and at iTunes (http://smarturl.it/everfound). Everfound, scheduled to be released July 16, features their Top 15 hit "Never Beyond Repair" and their song "What Love Means" which was first introduced on The Bible: Music Inspired by the Epic Mini-Series. In addition, leading up to the album release fans have been able to vote at everfoundmusic.com/listen using Twitter to unlock a new full song stream each week...
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Today marks the release of Christian Rap and Hip-Hop pioneer Mr. Del's fourth studio album, "Faith Walka." Released on Mr. Del's own Dedicated Music Group (DMG) label and distributed by longtime partner Universal Music Christian Group, the album is available wherever music is sold, including digital outlets such as Amazon and iTunes...
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Christian music's premiere and multi-faceted booking agency, Michael Davis And Associates, is thrilled to welcome America's favorite trio of triplets, Red Roots, to the Dominion Agency. The trio, which is signed to the Red Hen division of Daywind Records, continues to take the world by storm, winning hearts everywhere through their great Christian music and endearing personalities. They've been nominated for numerous awards...
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*Monday, June 17, 2013*


Little Rock, Arkansas-based death metal band Soul Embraced will be releasing their fifth album Mythos July 9th on Rottweiler Records (The Order of Elijah, Every Knee Shall Bow, Abated Mass Of Flesh, Grave Robber). The thought-provoking, spiritually charged power metal album features guest appearances by Bruce Fitzhugh (Living Sacrifice) and Jeremiah Scott (Demon Hunter). The album's first single "Like A Corpse" is currently available at digital retail outlets worldwide and, for a limited time, can also be downloaded for free on the music-sharing site NoiseTrade. The free download also includes a minute and a half teaser clip for the full album...
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Anger. Depression. Loneliness. Guilt. These are emotions that powerfully affect our lives. We find them hopelessly undesirable-but God wants to use them for good. In his book Runaway Emotions: Why You Feel the Way You Do and What God Wants You to Do About it, seasoned pastor Jeff Schreve writes about the power of negative human emotions and God's desire to use those feelings for joyous, abundant living...
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Merge PR, a boutique PR firm based in Franklin, Tennessee, is thrilled to announce the addition of a new Publicity Executive to their team, Elizabeth Ingram. Ingram comes to Merge PR with five years of experience as a PR and marketing practitioner at Erwin Penland, an advertising agency in Greenville, S.C. Ingram's background consists of public relations and brand management. Past clients she has worked with include Bojangles', the Greenville Humane Society, Firehouse Subs, BI- LO, BI-LO Charity Classic...
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*Friday, June 14, 2013*


TFK
Modern rock favorite THOUSAND FOOT KRUTCH will release its second remix EP, Metamorphosiz II The End Remixes Vol. 2, as an exlusive to digital retailers, including iTunes®, Amazon.com and others, on July 2. The EP features six songs from the independently released, five-star acclaimed and No. 1 selling Billboard Hard Rock album, The End Is Where We Begin, by noted remix talent Robbie Bronnimann, Andy Hunter, Solomon Olds, Rui Da Silva and Joshua Silverberg...
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All-female pop group 1 Girl Nation (1GN) becomes the latest talent signed to Reunion Records, a division of Provident Label Group. The group's hook-laden, self-titled debut album will release August 20 and has already captured the attention of program directors nationwide with the release of lead single "While We're Young" this week across all radio formats. In addition, 1 Girl Nation announces plans to join the Secret Keeper Girl "Crazy Hair" Tour this fall. 1 Girl Nation is made up of five talented girls...
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*Thursday, June 13, 2013*


Norma Jean
Norma Jean will release their new studio album, Wrongdoers on August 6th through Razor & Tie. The album was recorded at Covenant Recording Studios in Kansas City with producer Josh Barber and was mixed by Jeremy Griffith. Wrongdoers is the band's sixth full length album and their second Razor & Tie album to date. The album is the follow-up to the band's critically acclaimed 2010 release, Meridional...
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Hillsong United
Hillsong UNITED is riding the wave of their USA "WELCOMEZION" Tour this summer, surpassing 15,000 in attendance at the famed Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, as they cross the country captivating capacity crowds. On Thursday, June 13, the Australian-based worship group brings their "WELCOMEZION" Tour to a sold-out audience at Red Rocks in Denver. The tour will be one of the top attended Christian tours of 2013 with nearly 80,000 people in attendance...
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Building429
Building 429 generates more groundbreaking news, as its sixth career album from Essential Records, We Won't Be Shaken debuted at No. 1 this week on Billboard's Christian Albums chart and No. 53 on Billboard's Top 200 Albums Chart. This marks the first No. 1 album and No. 1 debut for the band, while first week sales nearly doubled early sales for Listen To The Sound in 2011. At the same time, the title track and current single has reached No. 5 on the Billboard AC Indicator chart, No. 7 on NCA Overall Chart and No. 2...
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Cheri Keaggy
Dove Award-winning singer/songwriter Cheri Keaggy will be a guest on the Friday, June 14, episode of TBN's Praise the Lord, which is scheduled to air at 9 p.m. C.T./7 p.m. P.T. The show, hosted by Jason Crabb, was taped in front of a studio audience at TBN's Nashville studio. In addition to her interview with Crabb, Keaggy performed the title track from her current CD, So I Can Tell, accompanying herself at piano, along with a performance of the song "There Will Be One Day...
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Show Hope
To commemorate the past decade of service and dedication to orphan care, Show Hope recently celebrated its 10 Year Anniversary in Nashville, Tenn. during Memorial Day weekend. Families from around the nation came together for the two-day event to celebrate the thousands of lives that have been transformed. Many of the attendees came with their adoptive children to thank the organization, which has helped more than 4,000 children through adoption grants in order to provide them with forever families...
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Holly Starr
Acclaimed singer/songwriter Holly Starr is slated to appear on FOXNews.com/Live's "Spirited Debate," hosted by FOX News Channel religion correspondent Lauren Green, at approximately 1:15 pm ET tomorrow. Starr will discuss her latest recording, Focus, which features the current single, "Through My Father's Eyes." The song lands at #21 on Billboard's Christian Hot AC...
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Ashley Cleveland
Multiple GRAMMY Award-winning singer, songwriter Ashley Cleveland shares her personal story of pain, music and beauty that shines through brokenness in her first self-penned book, Little Black Sheep, A Memoir releasing in September from David C Cook. A true story of life on stage and on the streets from the back rooms of Nashville to the churches and clubs of the San Francisco Bay area, Little Black Sheep invites readers to see how their own deepest pain might just be a place of hope...
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John Schlitt
More than 420 backers have partnered with legendary vocalist John Schlitt to help fund his next music project, an as-yet-untitled Christmas album. The Grammy and Dove Award winner, who utilized the popular crowd funding platform Kickstarter, surpassed his goal of $35,000 when the Kickstarter campaign officially ended June 8. The final amount of pledges totaled $40,066, 114 percent of the original goal...
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*Wednesday, June 12, 2013*


Family Force 5
Family Force 5 announces the June 18 release of "Reanimated," a 12-track electronic album. This will be a digital release with physical copies available on the band's online store as well as at summer festivals. The album will be a perfect addition to any Family Force 5 collection, as it features three new songs and nine remixes of FF5 songs from releases "III" and "III.V" in addition to classic throwback tunes from "Business Up Front, Party In The Back...
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Plumb
Plumb has always been an advocate for children in need, especially in the inner city. This week, she is traveling to Brooklyn to spend a weekend working first hand with Metro World Child, and beginning a long-term partnership with the organization. Plumb will be raising awareness and sharing her experience with Metro World Child at www.plumbinfo.com/metroworldchild, adding more videos and content through the summer...
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THESE HEARTS have released their first studio diary in anticipation for the release of their sophomore album Yours To Take, out July 9th. Go behind the scenes for a look at what has gone into making their most dynamic release to date as the band talks about what the album means to them, the sacrifices they've made, the bands they look up to and understanding what makes an album truly great. Watch the first studio diary here....
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Paul Baloche
Integrity Music announces the June 25 global release of Glorieux (Glorious), a 14-track French worship album from Dove Award-winning modern hymn writer and worship leader Paul Baloche. Glorieux is the second full-length French recording from Baloche, writer of such top-ranking CCLI songs as "Open The Eyes Of My Heart," "Above All," "Hosanna," "Your Name" and "The Same Love." The album follows his 2009...
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Duck Dynasty fans from around the world will now have the opportunity to vacation with A&E's popular reality TV cast when Premier Vacations and Events (formerly Premier Christian Cruises) sets sail on the Carnival Victory Ship next summer. Departing from the Port of Miami, passengers will travel to Key West and Cozumel from July 17-21, 2014. Booking for the cruise begins Monday, June 17 via www.duckcommandercruise.com...
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Carman
The following is a first-hand story written by artist Carman about his recent battle with cancer... "My trainer asked me if I wanted to go to a local park and see a flight of stairs that professional UFC fighters train on. Of course I said, "Yes," but I knew there was more to it. So when we arrived, this is what I saw (see image above). It looked like the road ahead of me. All uphill, intimidating and way over my head. So I tried to run up it and got about halfway before my lungs felt like they were going to burst...
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*Tuesday, June 11, 2013*


JFH
Following two successful independent music compilations in 2012, Jesusfreakhideout.com (JFH) recently launched a third compilation, this time focusing solely on the world of metal and hardcore music. Titled Rock, Paper, Scissors, METAL, the compilation features independent acts, acts signed to familiar record labels like Come&Live! and Facedown Records, as well as those signed to lesser-known labels like Sancrosanct and Rottweiler Records. Click here to download the free 26-song metal sampler!. For...
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Seabird
Seabird is a band of brothers from Kentucky. Aaron and Ryan Morgan have been making music together for 7 years and decided to release their 3rd full length album independently. With their new found independence, Seabird has decided to release Wind & Whisper and share a few songs from each of their releases with Credential Recordings (EMI), 2 unreleased tracks, and 3 songs from their newest album, Troubled Days, to be released July 16th...
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Skillet
Two-time GRAMMY®-nominated and platinum selling rock band Skillet have teamed with USA Today for the premiere of "Not Gonna Die," the fourth track issued from their upcoming album, RISE (Atlantic/Word). Described by USA Today as "the kind of stirring rock Skillet fans have come to expect," the song can be heard here, and is also available for purchase on iTunes®...
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For Today
Non-profit, HeartSupport, the online community built to encourage, inspire and bring a message of hope, have announced that they will be sponsoring this years, iMatter Festival. The festival will be held at Eldridge Park, Saturday, September 7th in Elmira, NY. This years line up includes: August Burns Red, For Today, The Color Morale, MyChildren MyBride, My Heart to Fear, Fit For A King, Those Who Fear, GHOSTxSHIP, and Sirens & Sailors. Additional bands will be announced throughout the summer. You can check out the HeartSupport tent all summer long on the Vans Warped Tour...
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Wyoming rock/metal act on the rise, Righteous Vendetta, has teamed up with Groupees for a charity campaign to benefit LeSEA Global Feed the Hungry (www.feedthehungry.org). For one week only, fans can download three Righteous Vendetta releases - Lawless, 'Vol. 1' EP and The Dawning - for a minimum $2 donation, with a portion of the proceeds going to the charity. Get great music and support LeSEA Global Feed the Hungry at: http://groupees.com/rv...
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*Monday, June 10, 2013*


Starfield
Tim Neufeld, one half of award-winning modern worship band Starfield, releases his first ever solo project, TREES. TREES is a collection of congregational worship songs that have influenced Neufeld both personally and professionally, a tribute to those who inspired him to pursue a career in worship. Produced by Allen Salmon, who is responsible for Starfield's I Will Go (2008) and The Kingdom (2012) records, the idea for TREES was born during a Starfield sabbatical. With the down time to, as Neufeld recalls, "literally do whatever I wanted, I decided to celebrate and honor the songs of others for a change...
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Following the success of their Top Ten hit, "Who You Are," Unspoken is poised to release their second EP on Centricity Music, The World Is Waking. The 5-song project will be exclusively available to online digital music outlets June 25th, with physical copies on sale at all Unspoken tour dates. The album was produced by the award-winning songwriter and producer, Seth Mosley, and the single, Lift My Life Up, was co-written by Mosley, Unspoken and Jason Ingram. The song will be going for adds at radio on June 14th. "The very first time I heard Unspoken perform, I...
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Erica Campbell's rising radio hit "A Little More Jesus," will be on sale on June 25th. Fans can download the single on all digital retail outlets including iTunes, Google Play, and Amazon as well as can add the ringtone to your Verizon phone for Black Music Month. The upbeat jam is the perfect summer song that features Campbell's signature vocals backed by a throwback beat. The hand-clapping high-energy track provides a message of encouragement that gives all of us a much-needed boost. The song has already become one of the most added songs on gospel radio. Radio has responded in a big way, Elroy Smith of Radio One said...
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*Friday, June 7, 2013*


Skillet
Skillet have now released the official video for current single "Sick of It," the first single off the band's forthcoming album, Rise, which will be released June 25th via Atlantic/Word. Rise follows the Grammy-nominated band's 2009 album, Awake, which was certified platinum in the US...
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Jaci Velasquez
Celebrating this upcoming Fathers Day, Jaci Velasquez and father David Velasquez record together for the first time in 20 years. The song is the Irving Gordon classic "Unforgettable" originally recorded by Nat King Cole in 1951-later turned into a duet in 1991 adding his daughter Natalie Cole. The song was awarded three GRAMMY awards for Song of The Year, Record of the Year, and Best Traditional Pop Vocal Performance. David and Jaci's song is available now on iTunes and will be available at other digital service providers in time to celebrate Fathers Day...
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Matthew West
Four-time GRAMMY® nominee and recent ASCAP Christian Music Songwriter/Artist of the Year winner Matthew West is set to perform at the first-ever “Sunday Morning At The River” as a part of Country Music Association’s 2013 CMA Music Festival. The event will also include performances by 14-time GRAMMY® winner and country/bluegrass legend Ricky Skaggs, as well as country music duo Joey + Rory. Pastor Mike Glenn of Brentwood Baptist Church will give a special message. Admission to the event is free to the public...
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Under The Radar (UTR) is presenting the first annual Escape To The Lake music event on the shores of Geneva Lake in Wisconsin, July 4-7, 2013. The 11 world-class indie artists participating in this gourmet music getaway have donated songs for the Escape To The Lake Album, which is being offered as a free download on Bandcamp (http://escapetothelake.bandcamp.com). The album features world premiere songs by Andy Gullahorn and Nick Flora...
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*Thursday, June 6, 2013*


Brandon Heath
Award-winning singer/songwriter Brandon Heath wraps an eventful week, headlining another successful "Love Your Neighbor" benefit concert, while also participating in activities surrounding the first-ever K-LOVE Fan Awards. Heath and renowned producer and songwriter Jason Ingram hosted their sixth annual "Love Your Neighbor" benefit concert to a standing-room-only crowd at Fellowship Bible Church in Brentwood, Tenn. The locally-minded show raised more than $16,000 through audience donations for New Hope Academy...
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John Schlitt
Santa's elves have nothing on John Schlitt as the legendary vocalist approaches the final hours of his Kickstarter campaign aimed at raising funds for Schlitt's next music project, an as-yet-untitled Christmas album. Up to his elbows in flour, sugar and butter, the Grammy and Dove Award winner and his wife, Dorla, have already started the Christmas baking that serves as one of the many incentives for financial partners who are supporting Schlitt's Kickstarter goal...
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Artist solutions company, The Fuel Music & Management Co, has entered into an exclusive marketing and distribution alliance with Bethel Music, an organic extension of Bethel Church in Redding, CA. On June 1, Fuel Music began representing both current and catalog Bethel Music albums, containing original songs by senior worship pastors Brian and Jenn Johnson, worship leaders Jeremy Riddle, Steffany Frizzell-Gretzinger, William Matthews, Matt Stinton and other emerging artists into worldwide markets. Handling both physical and digital retail sales into Christian and general market stores internationally though its Fuel Distribution/Tonetree Music arm...
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Matthew Barnett, NY Times bestselling author and founder/pastor of the Dream Center in Los Angeles announces his third book to date with God's Dream for You: Finding Lasting Change in Jesus. Releasing nationwide on September 10, 2013 through Thomas Nelson, Inc., Barnett's latest project follows bestselling titles, The Church That Never Sleeps and The Cause Within You (www.matthewbarnett.com). God's Dream For You is a revolutionary book that gives readers step by step instructions on how...
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In just two years time, Sleep for Dreaming has blossomed from a burgeoning upstart to one of the southwest's brightest buzz bands. With the upcoming release of their debut EP, "Memories," they are poised to expand their audience to a national level. "Memories" will be available June 18th at all major digital retailers including iTunes. Hailing from Amarillo, Texas, lead vocalist Zoe Bohlen, drummer Bryan Singer, bassist Calvin Barker and lead guitarist Ismael Armendariz have crafted a sound that is equal parts pop, punk and modern rock. Fans of Jimmy Eat World, MXPX, Paramore, Taking Back Sunday and Anberlin will find Sleep for Dreaming to be a welcome addition to the current music...
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*Wednesday, June 5, 2013*


Just a few hours ago, legendary rock band White Heart announced via Facebook plans for a reunion tour this fall. The band writes, "Coming this October...Rick Florian, Gordon Kennedy, Mark Gersmehl, Billy Smiley, Jon Knox & Anthony Sallee in a special limited night WHITE HEART Reunion Tour. Details coming soon...so tell your friends to LIKE our page to get the updates. And you won't believe who is going to be touring with us. This is going to be exciting!...
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Natalie Grant
Five time GMA "Female Artist of the Year" winner Natalie Grant continues her consistent high impact presence on Christian radio with the release of her latest Curb single, "Hurricane." Since its May 3rd launch, the single established tracking as the #1 'most added' record across four Billboard Christian and MediaBase charts. Since then, the new single marks Natalie's fastest rising single to date in her storied career. Within hours of its launch, the new single peaked at #1 on the Top Christian Songs Chart on iTunes...
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DREAM Records is proud to announce the signing of Sumerlin to their growing roster. The Wilmington, NC based group recently released their EP, Motives that rave reviews and ROCK radio success (reaching the top 15) with their song, "Just A Dream". The guys will be going into the studio this fall to release their first full length debut in early 2014...
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Monk & Neagle
Acclaimed singer/songwriter and popular touring artist Trent Monk is set to release his highly anticipated new single, "Rise," to Christian radio this month, with an add date of June 28. The single will be available at iTunes June 25. Produced by Ed Cash (Chris Tomlin, Kari Jobe), "Rise" was penned by Monk earlier this year and has quickly become a concert favorite. "Every once in a while, a song seems to write itself," said Monk...
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Casting Crowns
Provident Music Group, which includes Provident Label Group and Provident Films, received top honors at the first ever K-LOVE Fan Awards, held Saturday evening at Nashville’s famed Ryman Auditorium. Multi-Platinum-selling group Casting Crowns and Sherwood Pictures film “Courageous” took home awards in the categories of Group/Duo of the Year and Movie Impact, respectively...
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Singer, songwriter and worship leader Allan Scott is receiving significant acclaim and media coverage surrounding his "God In Me" single that released to radio last week and is available now at iTunes®, Amazon.com and other digital retail outlets. The song declares the redemptive, hopeful prayer of Scott's life after experiencing the hope of the gospel in his jail cell as a former drug addict, dropout, thief and loser...
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Syntax Distribution partners with the organization Missional Music to give its vast audience more than just great music-it's a chance to give to an important cause. Missional Music represents singers, musicians and other like-minded individuals coming together to spread hope and resources to impoverished areas. Headed up by longtime friend of Syntax Records-and member of Sackcloth Fashion-the multi-talented Sam Hart, Missional Music seeks to reach the unreached. The first project Missional Music...
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*Tuesday, June 4, 2013*


toby
Winners were announced on Saturday evening at the K-LOVE Fan Awards, the first ever fan-voted awards show in Christian music history. The K-LOVE Fan Awards were held in front of a sold out audience at Nashville's historic Ryman Auditorium and heard live on air on the K-LOVE radio network. The entire weekend, tapped as the Ultimate Fan Experience, sold out weeks earlier. This inaugural three-day event, which brought together the biggest names in Christian music, sports, books and movies, began Friday, May 31 and culminated yesterday, Sunday, June 2, highlighted by Saturday's Awards show...
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Manafest
BEC Recordings and AIR1 presented the "Club Awesome Live Tour," which concluded its second leg last month. BEC Recordings' artists' Manafest, KJ-52, 7eventh Time Down and Shine Bright Baby joined AIR1’s Brant Hansen. Each night was a dance party with a purpose: to help heal kids in the developing world through CURE International. The free shows traveled from Texas to Oklahoma to Arizona to California to Washington during the tour. With nine shows, there were more than 10,000 in total attendance...
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Just months after making waves with their blistering EP Lost Between Brilliance and Insanity, Williamsport, PA metallers My Heart To Fear are set to release their debut full-length album, Algorithm, in stores and online July 9th via Solid State Records. Algorithm builds off of the promise shown on Lost Between..., reinforcing to a wider audience what the band’s carefully cultivated fanbase had previously known - that My Heart To Fear’s uncompromising...
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Walkin’ On Faith, the debut from Salvation Road recording artist Brandy Allison, bows today on iTunes. Produced by Mark Liggett (New Kids on the Block, Blessid Union of Souls) and Jerry Lane (Blessid Union of Souls, Shanice), the six-song EP features “My Hallelujah,” aBillboard Top 10 Soft AC hit and one of Christian Music Weekly’s Top 40 Inspirational songs of 2012. In addition, the project’s title-cut and current single, “Walkin’ On Faith...
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*Monday, June 3, 2013*


Inhale Exhale
Hardcore act Inhale Exhale is the latest band to announce that they're unplugging their instruments and hanging up the mike. Yesterday, guitarist John LaRussa made the announcement on the band's official Facebook page. You can read John's letter to the fans below... "As of right now, after touring 10+ countries, releasing 4 studio albums internationally, and shooting videos and singles and all that goes along with being in this band, Inhale Exhale is coming to an end. We will be playing Alliance Festival that we have up on our tour page...
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for King & Country
It was a big night Saturday for critically-acclaimed duo for KING & COUNTRY as they took home the award for Breakthrough Artist of the Year at the K-Love Fan Awards voted on exclusively by the fans. In December, iTunes also selected their debut album, Crave, as their "Breakthrough Christian & Gospel Album of 2012." In addition to the big win they also performed their hit song "The Proof of Your Love" before a roaring sold-out crowd at the fan-filled Ryman Auditorium in Nashville...
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Silverline is pleased to announce that, "Vicious" will be the band's follow up rock single to their highly successful #1 single, "Lights Out". The song's deep lyrical content, which addresses bullying and how to overcome it through the strength with God, has had an overwhelming response to the song amongst it's fans and so the band felt it would be great to highlight...
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Big Daddy Weave
Saturday night was a momentous evening for Big Daddy Weave as they took home one of the evening's top honors by picking up Song of the Year for their hit song, "Redeemed," at the K-LOVE Fan Awards. During the award show the band also played a stirring rendition of the fan-voted favorite in front of a packed Ryman Auditorium. In addition to the K-LOVE Awards, "Redeemed" also received a nomination for Christian Song of the Year at the 2013 Billboard Music Awards. "Redeemed" is the most successful song of Big Daddy Weave's career having spent 12 weeks at No. 1...
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