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May, 2011


*Tuesday, May 31st, 2011*

Matt Hammitt
This September, Sanctus Real singer Matt Hammitt will release Every Falling Tear, a very special solo album featuring songs he wrote last year as his newborn son, Bowen, went through a season of surgeries for a rare heart condition. "All of Me," the first single from Every Falling Tear, is available now wherever you buy digital music including iTunes and Amazon. A new single from the record will be released digitally each month leading up to the September release...
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The Katinas
Five-brother singing group The Katinas will release its first studio album in three years, Collage, on June 21. The project is The Katinas most collaborative record to date, with contributions by some of Christian music's biggest names. Produced by Dan Needham, Otto Price and The Katinas, Collage features The Katinas signature catchy hooks and colorful, eclectic sound paired with influences from the brothers' journey these last 21 years...
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Da T.R.U.T.H.
Xist Music (Xist) and The UpLift! Group (UpLift!) are proud to announce a partnership with Pastor Chris Durso, author of the Zondervan bestseller MISFIT: Dealing With Our God-given Discomfort, to present MISFIT Tour 2011 this Fall, from September through November. The nationwide tour is a fierce, creative explosion of seven of today's leading voices in Christian music and spoken word and will feature Hip Hop artists including three-time Stellar winner Da' T.R.UT.H. and Christian Hip Hop pioneer and GRAMMY® nominee The Ambassador, R&B/Soul phenomenon Mali Music, R&B/Hip Hop artists Sean Simmonds and Rhema Soul...
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*Friday, May 27th, 2011*

Skillet
On June 14th, Warner Bros. Records will release the album to the hotly anticipated motion picture Transformers: Dark of the Moon — the third film in the Oscar®-nominated summer blockbuster Transformers series, which hits theaters nationwide on June 29th. The album will feature the rock radio mix of "Awake & Alive" from Skillet, which earned Ski llet their first No. 1 Mainstream Active Rock hit and a No. 1 at CHR and Christian Rock radio. The track was also the first No. 1 Mainstream Active Rock hit to feature female vocals in the charts nearly 14-year history, and made Skillet the only Christian act to have crossed over to the Active Rock format with a No. 1 single...
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*Thursday, May 26th, 2011*

David Crowder Band
In light of the tornado-stricken landscape and imminent flooding in Southern states, Rock the South will become a disaster relief fund-raiser to help those in need. One of Premier Festival’s summertime music festivals, Rock the South is scheduled for June 11, 2011 at Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium, in Jackson, Miss. The festival will feature concerts by NEWSBOYS, David Crowder* Band, Tenth Avenue North, Family Force 5, Lecrae and Manic Drive, along with an inspiring message by...
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From Facedown Records today: "We are proud to announce the re-signing of A Plea For Purging to Facedown Records! A Plea For Purging came to Facedown Records in 2007 with a reputation for fire-breathing and amazing technical ability. The band has since released three albums, the most recent being 2010's The Marriage of Heaven and Hell, a terrifyingly honest look at the age old wolf-in-sheep's-clothing theme and an auditory thrill. Now the band is looking toward releasing the follow up...
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NewSong
Continuing an unprecedented year for the band, One True God, the 17th recording from Grammy-nominated NewSong, debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Top Christian/Gospel Albums chart and at #27 on The Billboard 200, with more than 14,000 total units sold for the week ending May 22. Bowing May 17, on the heels of NewSong’s record-breaking Winter Jam 2011 Tour Spectacular—the #1 tour in the world for the first quarter of the year—One True God...
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Atlanta-based songwriter, worship leader Aaron Keyes releases his sophomore album, Dwell, June 21 from Kingsway with EMI CMG Distribution in the US. A modern collection of 13 songs composed in the battle of the everyday, forged in the fires of sacrifice and sharpened by the iron of Scripture, Dwell follows Keyes’ acclaimed album, Not Guilty Anymore. Pulling from 60 to 70 songs that Keyes “road tested” while leading worship, Dwell producers John Hartley (Matt Redman, Rebecca St. James) and Stu G (Delirious?) helped handpick the best of these anthems...
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Chris Sligh
Grouptune (http://www.grouptune.com), a first-of-its-kind group-buying platform, launched on May 17, 2011 offering fans amazing deals on the best Christian music. Grouptune’s inaugural ‘deal’ is a free 10-song sampler featuring music from top Christian artists like Natalie Grant, Israel Houghton, Aaron Shust, Chris Sligh, Lecrae, Plumb and others...
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*Wednesday, May 25th, 2011*

Deas Vail
“I don’t know what love is…” Despite the humble admission that opens the self-titled September 6 new release from Deas Vail, the album sizes up the emotion with some beautifully poetic and eloquent metaphors. Over the course of twelve songs, love takes the shape of a fiery dragon, a closed doorway, a distant tower and an unpredictable ghost, this follow up to the band’s 2009 release Birds & Cages...
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Stepping back into the spotlight after a decade away takes an unusually high degree of musical integrity. For folk-rock pioneer Burlap to Cashmere, a band that built a reputation for both exceptional studio projects and as an unyielding touring act in the late ‘90s, that integrity shines through on a new self-titled, 11-track project due July 19 on Jive/Essential Records. Its initial single “Build A Wall” goes for adds at AAA radio on June 26 while early fan and industry buzz reflecting...
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*Tuesday, May 24th, 2011*

Skillet
The RIAA Gold certified Awake continues to garner recognition for the GRAMMY® nominated Skillet as they were honored with their first Billboard Music Award Sunday night for “Top Christian Album.” The 2011 Billboard Music Awards were televised live from Las Vegas, Sunday, March 22nd on ABC. In addition, the band has landed a coveted spot on the upcoming TRANSFORMERS 3 DARK OF THE MOON Soundtrack (June 14). More details about the soundtrack will be announced soon...
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Third Day
Acclaimed Atlanta-based rock band Third Day continues to both dazzle and inspire fans with its riveting tour this spring, as 19 of the 33 dates on its “Make Your Move” spring tour – featuring the breakthrough pop band, Tenth Avenue North and singer/songwriter Trevor Morgan – have sold out, paving the way for a high-impact of 2011. Third Day’s “Make Your Move” tour has impressed sold-out crowds in the following markets (19 of 33 to date) : Longview, TX.; San Antonio, TX.; Indianapolis, Ind. (two shows); Brookfield Wis...
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Matt Redman
Prolific worship leader and GRAMMY ® nominated singer/songwriter Matt Redman has been giving life to worship songs for over fifteen years. Penning church favorites such as “Blessed Be Your Name,” “Heart of Worship” and “You Never Let Go” to the more recent "Our God," and “You Alone Can Rescue” he has led worship for thousands at Passion conferences and events held around the globe. This summer Redman will continue unleashing inventive anthems for the church on his eighth album sixstepsrecords release 10,000 Reasons available July 12...
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The Premier Foundation, in partnership with CBA (The Association for Christian Retail) proudly presents the first annual Champions of the Faith Awards and Benefit Concert on Sunday, July 10, 2011, at 8:00 pm in the Thomas Murphy Ballroom at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia. Scheduled to coincide with CBA’s International Christian Retail Show (ICRS), the event is open to the public, media and conference attendees. The awards will honor Christian businesses, organizations, entertainers, individuals and Christian retail and vendors. The evening will feature the awards presentation...
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*Monday, May 23rd, 2011*

The Afters
On the heels of their No. 1 hit “Light Up the Sky,” The Afters’ latest radio single “Lift Me Up” has also lit up the airwaves with over 60 stations supporting the song such as KLTY Dallas, JoyFM St. Louis, AIR-1 and Way-FM among others. In support of the song, The Afters recently released a music video that was filmed in Canada. "The Afters’ ‘Lift Me Up’ is inspiring on it's own,” comments producer Gavin Michael Booth of Mimetic Entertainment, Inc. “It's a tough gig to find visual stories and issues that will enhance a song this powerful...
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Award-winning Australian singer/songwriter -- Nathan Tasker’s eOne Christian Music debut, Home, released to critical acclaim last week. In celebration of the project, “An Evening With Nathan Tasker” was held on release day. Hosted by album co-producer Charlie Peacock at his Art House Nashville, the event featured special appearances from Plumb, Bebo Norman and Keith Getty, and was streamed live by www.JesusFreakHideout.com...
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Anthem Lights (Reunion Records) vocal pop group is making a strong showing with its May 10 debut self-titled release as indicated by current radio momentum and early digital sales numbers. Such impressive initial response only adds to the energy felt in Anthem Lights’ live show which will hit 15 festivals nationwide this summer. Having wrapped a 27-city “Rock and Worship Roadshow” tour headlined by supergroup MercyMe this winter and recently stepping...
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Chris Tomlin
Last night in Las Vegas, multi-platinum selling artist Chris Tomlin was named “Top Christian Artist” and his No. 1 hit “Our God” was honored for “Top Christian Song” at the 2011 Billboard Music Awards. The star-studded event was hosted by comedic actor Ken Jeong and broadcast LIVE on ABC. “Our God,” written by label mate Matt Redman, Jonas Myrin, Chris Tomlin and Jesse Reeves, was first heard on Passion: Awakening and re-recorded for Tomlin’s latest album And If Our God Is For Us......
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RSJ
In the era of instant ‘down-loadable contact,’ with the music of favorite artists,Grammy® Award winning Christian singer, Rebecca St. James has been on a unique cross country course of personal connection with her audiences to present the new worship music from her recently released CD I Will Praise You (Reunion/Provident Label Group). Since the CD's April release, St. James has taken her new music from I Will Praise You and her passionate heart for its presentation directly to the platforms...
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*Sunday, May 22nd, 2011*

David Crowder Band
In what may seem as a surprising move with a new album and the recently announced fall The 7 Tour on the way, David Crowder*Band is calling it quits. Check out their detailed and thoughtful explanation below for full details on why the guys are parting ways and what may be to come... "First of all, we can't begin to express how excited we are getting about The 7 Tour this fall. If you haven't heard yet, we're doing a national tour with some of our favorite artists ever...
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*Friday, May 20th, 2011*

Phil Keaggy
CORNERSTONE FESTIVAL continues to be a truly unique Christian Festival. Not only in that their focus includes seminars, art, sports, film and discussion, but in their commitment to bring together all ages and genres of music. This year continues that tradition with an unprecedented JESUS RALLY, with artists more common to the genre in the 70s and 80s. As the festival itself was groundbreaking in bringing a voice to some of the more creative and fringe artists in the genre, for 2011 Cornerstone decided to bring a new audience to the artists...
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Jeremy Camp
Singer/songwriter Jeremy Camp can add another accolade to his name now: author. The popular BEC Recordings artist has just released his first book, titled I Still Believe, available through his website JeremyCamp.com for just $12.95. Check out more details on the book below [Click here to read the first chapter of I Still Believe]...
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*Thursday, May 19th, 2011*

Newsboys
After an astounding 44 weeks since its initial release, Born Again, the best-selling project by Newsboys, has once again reclaimed the #1 spot. According to Soundscan, Born Again was the best-selling album on both the AC and Contemporary Christian Soundscan charts for the week ending May 15th. The CD has produced back to back #1 hit singles with "Born Again" and "Way Beyond Myself," and their newest single, "Save Your Life," is already #23 on Christian CHR Radio and goes...
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Brandon Heath
Reunion Records’ cornerstone artist Brandon Heath, twice-honored as the Gospel Music Association’s Male Vocalist of the Year, brings the stories, messages and meaning of his most recent project Leaving Eden (1/18) to life again this fall, as his “Leaving Eden” tour makes its way around the U.S. Heath’s amazing skill as singer and songwriter has continued to be bolstered by his presence as a live performer, most recently on the Shelter Tour with label mates Jars of Clay...
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12 Stones
12 STONES--Paul McCoy (vocals), Eric Weaver (guitars), Justin Rimer (Guitar), Michael McManus (drums)--will release their fourth album, ONLY HUMAN, August 23 on the Executive Music Group label via Fontana/Universal. The band joined forces once again with producer Skidd Mills (Saving Abel, Skillet, Saliva), who had previously worked with 12 STONES on 2007’s ANTHEM FOR THE UNDERDOG, which was inspired by the effects of Hurricane Katrina on their hometown of New Orleans. The first single and video from ONLY HUMAN—which was mixed by Mike Shipley...
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7eventh Time Down
BEC Recordings’ is thrilled to announced the newest rock signing to the family - 7eventh Time Down. The four-member band hailing from Kentucky has been touring together for the past seven years while sharing the stage with such names as Skillet, Kutless, Pillar, Disciple, Fireflight, Stellar Kart, Family Force 5, Decyfer Down, Jars of Clay, and many more. The band will release their first CHR and Rock single “Alive in You” on June 3rd. They will be releasing their label debut on September 13th - more details to follow...
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*Wednesday, May 18th, 2011*

Manafest
BEC Recordings’ and two-time JUNO nominated Manafest is set to release his first live DVD/CD Manafest Live in Concert on June 7th. This DVD/CD is just another career milestone for this artist that has sold more than 200,000 albums worldwide along with 45,000 digital singles of his hit “Avalanche” from his recent release The Chase, which is also currently No. 1 Soundscan Canada - Canadian Christian Chart. Manafest fans can check out a preview of the DVD/CD...
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Jaime Jamgochian
Centricty Music’s Jaime Jamgochian, joined artists from the Christian and Country genres in support of the recent tornado and flooding victims in the southeast. Jamgochian joined such artists as Danny Gokey, The Roys, Committed and Michael English at the taping of Somebody Cares For The Southeast benefit concert. Jamgochian performed a newly written song Over All, an upbeat tune explaining how God is over everything through every circumstance. God is near and you are not alone/He’s got you in the palm of His hands/Even when you don’t understand. The show airs on FamilyNet TV Sunday, May 22nd at 7:00 pm CDT...
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Grammy nominee Montell Jordan and Dove nominee Beckah Shae delivered the debut performance of their new single, Shake Heaven, at the taping of Somebody Cares For The Southeast benefit concert. The show airs on FamilyNet TV Sunday, May 22nd at 7:00 pm CDT, with additional airings that can be located at www.familynet.com. And stay tuned as several other networks will broadcast the show with dates and times to be announced soon...
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*Tuesday, May 17th, 2011*

August Burns Red
Fans of August Burns Red will have more than just a few buying options (make that six) when the Solid State Records band drops their new album Leveler on June 21. Included in the goodies fans can obtain are a special vinyl version of the record, baseball cards, journal, pencil, bandages, posters, a flashlight, and a special edition CD with extra tracks (and more)... "We've posted a new song "Empire" up on the BandPage of our Facebook...
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Peter Furler
Multiple GRAMMY nominated, Dove Awards winning Peter Furler offers his first solo album, on fire, today for pre-sale on select retailers, including iTunes (http://tinyurl.com/3p7zslx), Family Christian Stores (http://tinyurl.com/3sgqf4a), Amazon (http://tinyurl.com/3q899ey) and LifeWay Christian Stores. Furler returns to music after ending his long tenure in 2009 as the lead singer of newsboys, the band he founded in Mooloolaba, Queensland, Australia. Refreshed and reawakened to the joy of music, Furler releases the full album June 21 on Sparrow Records...
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Bebo Norman
BEC Recordings Bebo Norman is premiering the debut music video from his release Ocean today. The music video for “God of My Everything” can be seen on Bebo Norman’s site beginning today along with the story behind the poignant song (http://bebonorman.com/god-of-my-everything/). This radio single is currently climbing the charts as it lands at No. 5 on the Inspo chart and New and Active on AC Indicator this week...
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Chris Tomlin
Starting today, one of the most successful and influential artists in contemporary Christian music, Chris Tomlin is partnering up with iTunes® for an exclusive premiere of his brand new music video “I Lift My Hands,” the latest single from his seventh record And If Our God Is For Us... “I think the song is really saying that it’s one thing to lift our hands in celebration and lift our hands in the triumph and in the victory," explains Tomlin...
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About a week ago, metal act Still Remains announced that they're back together! Check out their official letter to the fans below... "Hey! Maybe we shouldn’t have called it a break-up. Maybe we needed a few years to purge the strain of having six or seven full-time roommates living in a van, and get back to having fun. When Haste The Day asked us to come back for one show none of us immediately said yes. Obviously, we eventually did. Getting together and playing those songs again in a tiny little corner-room in Mike’s basement had a bigger effect...
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From the church team that brought the critically acclaimed live worship project, Broken Restored Loved with Josh Lopez, the Community Bible Church (CBC) of San Antonio, TX has announced the formation of CBC INSPIRE Worship Academy, an eight-week course geared to bring a fresh vision and passion to worship leaders and their teams. CBC INSPIRE Worship Academy is targeted for worship pastors, choir members, musicians, songwriters, sound technicians, children and youth worship leaders...
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*Monday, May 16th, 2011*

SCC
On August 9, multi-platinum selling artist Steven Curtis Chapman will unveil re:creation, his 17th album release over his iconic 20 + year career. The new album features five new songs from the five-time GRAMMY ® Award winner and all new re-imagined recordings of his eight biggest hits. (See full track listing below)The entire record has a progressive and fresh acoustic sound, which reflects the energy and life found in the songs. The title speaks to the actual recreation of these songs, which are entirely new re-recordings in a new musical space...
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POD
San Diego rock band P.O.D. had announced a special string of dates in Europe a few months ago, but today the band had to make the unfortunate announcement that those dates have been postponed until the Fall. On their MySpace blog, they band stated, "P.O.D. is being forced to postpone their May and June European touring plans due a contractual breach by the organizing tour promoter. More disappointed than their fans, the band will be working with different promoters to return to Europe in the Fall with specific announcements coming soon." Keep your eyes locked to their MySpace page for upcoming news of rescheduled dates...
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Matt Kearney
Mat Kearney’s new single “Hey Mama” is out now and is the first single from his new album – Young Love – due out August 2011 on Universal Republic. “Hey Mama” is a catchy, clap-inducing tune perfect for summertime drives, so it’s no surprise that it’s already taking off on commercial radio. The Nashville by way of Portland musician recorded Young Love in Nashville with his longtime friend and producer Robert Marvin as well as Jason Lehning. The new album is Mat’s fourth full-length studio...
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Owl City
Owl City is set to release his new single “Deer In The Headlights” next week via his own web site and all digital retailers. In anticipation of the release, he’s giving fans a little glimpse into his creative process this week. Fans can literally watch the song unfold before their eyes starting today when he kicks off a Pro Tools-like player via the home page of www.owlcitymusic.com. Over next 5 days he’ll stream a new layer of the song each day through the player; today the drums...
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Wisconsin native Danen Kane releases his latest collection of songs on Love Is Waiting, available via digital music outlets June 21. The project is in keeping with Kane’s signature introspective lyrics and pure, acoustic sound, delivering a message of hope amidst the trials of everyday life. Written and produced by Kane, while mixed by all-star engineer Mills Logan (Taylor Swift, Toby Keith, Montgomery Gentry), Love Is Waiting...
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Chris August
Fervent Records’ reigning Dove Awards “New Artist of the Year” Chris August is unwrapping the music video for “Candy Wrap," a fun, light-hearted song about loving all types of candy. “Candy Wrap” is one of the Texas native’s most requested songs and a fan-favorite. "All of my songs come from an honest place and well... ‘Candy Wrap’ was inspired by my love for candy, all varieties that is. I don’t discriminate!" laughs August. "I started playing this song live and the audience loved it. So I recorded it for fun, and even shot a music video. I hope my fans enjoy it and join me in the candy wrap. Reese's anyone?" ...
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*Friday, May 13th, 2011*

JFH
LIVE Streaming Begins at 7 pm CDT Visit JesusFreakHideout.com on Tuesday, May 17 for further details. Live performances include Plumb, Bebo Norman, Keith Getty and Nathan Tasker. Video stream will appear at this link! Simultaneous LIVE Chat at twitter.com/eOneChristian. One of Australia’s top Christian recording artists, Nathan Tasker's eOne Christian Music debut, Home, will be available May 17....
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Building429
Dove Award-winning band Building 429 celebrates the release of its fifth studio album, Listen to the Sound, this week with a No. 1 CHR single and top positioning on iTunes’ Christian & Gospel Albums chart. The record’s momentum continues to build, as Building 429 trades in a successful spring headlining tour for the “Listen to the Sound K-LOVE and Air1 Listener Appreciation Tour” through late May. In less than two months, listeners and stations have helped to catapult “Listen to the Sound” to No. 1 at CHR, No. 7...
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MyChildren MyBride
Reaching far beyond his home on stage alongside his band mates in the hardcore Christian heavyweights MyChildren MyBride, Joe Lengson has spread his literary wings and released Sleeping in Parking Lots, a novel about love, faith, struggle and the road that can easily be prepared to such hits as blue like jazz . In fact, Lengson wrote the book all over the world while on tour with his band which gives the book a wide array of documented experiences that instantly put the reader right in the story...
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My Epic
My Epic are back with Broken Voice, an acoustic-based EP filled with beautiful misfit songs written during the creation of 2010's Yet that didn't quite fit with the sound of that album. Now the band has made a home for those songs, simply written then fleshed out in the studio, on Broken Voice. According to Aaron Stone, "More than anything else Broken Voice is about joy. The last year of my life has been about finally learning that I don’t have to fight G-d to get what I need...
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Gideon have just released the video for "Virtue," the first single from their Facedown Records' debut Costs (Mar 2011). Gideon were ranked among Alternative Press Magazine's "100 Bands To Know in 2011" and they continue to make their mark with an appearance at last month's Facedown Fest and now releasing their debut video directed by Drew Russ. The video for "Virtue" is streaming at the band's Facebook profile now: http://www.facebook.com/GideonAL Gideon will be playing a benefit show Friday, June 3rd with all proceeds going to help five families in the Birmingham community that lost everything in the recent tornado...
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Las Vegas-based worship leader Beth Williams released her debut EP, You Can Be Loved, this week on the N Season Records label. The project, distributed by Universal Music Christian Group, features stellar production from Dove Award winner and Grammy nominee Joe Beck (Anadara, Carl Cartee) and Dove Award winner David Zaffiro (Point of Grace, Passion), and incorporates the songwriting talents of Beck (Diamond Rio, Carl Cartee) and Grammy winner Charlie Peacock (Switchfoot, Amy Grant), as well as CCM and country music hitmaker Brian White (Steven Curtis Chapman, Rodney Atkins)...
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*Thursday, May 12th, 2011*

Switchfoot
The Switchfoot Bro-Am Presented By Hurley will take place on Saturday, June 18th, at Moonlight Beach in Encinitas, CA. The surf contest/beach concert is the centerpiece in a weekend full of activities conceived by GRAMMY® winning rock band SWITCHFOOT to give back to their local community and benefit the San Diego and Oceanside chapters of StandUp For Kids (www.standupforkids.org), a national nonprofit volunteer outreach organization dedicated to making a difference in the lives of at-risk, homeless and street kids. The line-up for the concert will be announced soon...
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TFK
After 15 years of bringing fist-pumping, in-your-face rock music to their fans, Thousand Foot Krutch has recorded their first live CD/DVD, Live at the Masquerade, which will release June 7th on Tooth & Nail Records. Recorded on May 28, 2010, the CD/DVD was shot inside the historical Rexall Place arena in Edmonton - the home of the hockey great Wayne Gretzky and the Edmonton Oilers. Fans can view a clip from the forthcoming CD/DVD at TFK’s Facebook by “Like”ing their page now...
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Abandon
The coolest song you're likely to hear this week is absolutely free right now on iTunes; Abandon's killer catchy funk-rock single "Feel It In Your Heart" is the site's Discovery Download this week and comes from the Texas band's raved about new album, Control. iTunes compares Abandon to "Duran Duran, U2, the Police and other icons of '80's British rock' and says "Control makes clear that they know how to combine these influences into a distinctive sound dedicated to...
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NewSong
One True God, the highly-anticipated 17th recording from Grammy-nominated NewSong, is slated to bow May 17, on the heels of the band’s record-breaking Winter Jam 2011 Tour Spectacular. Helmed by reigning GMA Producer of the Year Ian Eskelin (Francesca Battistelli, Hawk Nelson) and Grammy-nominated Christopher Stevens (TobyMac, Sanctus Real), as well as David Garcia, One True God features 10 new pop selections with songwriting credits from some of Christian music’s top names, including members of NewSong...
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Sandi Patty
Gospel Legend Sandi Patty has a lot to celebrate after receiving her 40th DOVE AWARD at this year’s awards ceremony. Patty won for the “INSPIRATIONAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR” category for her latest album, THE EDGE OF THE DIVINE as well as a tribute from THE DOVE AWARDS to reflect and honor what the songstress has contributed to the industry which reflects her gospel icon status. This is the icing on the cake with her recent induction into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame which reflects the singer’s 30 years in the business with winning 5 Grammy Awards, 4 Billboard Awards and dubbing her “The Indiana Living Legend Award.” “What an honor to work at something that I have loved for 30+ years...
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*Wednesday, May 11th, 2011*

JoC
Blood: Water Mission—the organization that began as the vision of GRAMMY® winning, platinum selling Christian band Jars of Clay’s Dan Haseltine to impact Africa with safe water in the fight against HIV/Aids—had reason to celebrate last night (10th) in Nashville. The concert staging of the “Well: Done Celebration” was held in honor of the successful completion of the ‘1000 Wells Project’ now providing fresh water wells in communities throughout Africa and directly providing positive impact to the lives of over 600,000 through the work of Blood:Water Mission. The event held at the historic Ryman Auditorium raised over $100,000 Tuesday night...
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Well over a year ago, ska-core band The Insyderz announced a return to music with work being underway on an already titled new album, The Sinner's Songbook. Little was heard about it after awhile, but now The Insyderz have launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funding for the album. Check out their pitch below and then visit this link to help! "The Insyderz have been playing music since 1995. We have been on many a label and have been accused of being the "kiss of death" due to every label that signs us...
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Israel Houghton
Debuting Fall 2011, Reverence Gospel Media will release its debut soundtrack through RGM Records, to follow and support the upcoming feature motion picture, I'm in Love with a Church Girl. RGM Records will also release high profile soundtracks for each upcoming RGM film project and will release full length albums from T-Bone and other profoundly inspirational artists. Sharing the vision for the upcoming record and movie projects slated for release through Reverence Gospel Media...
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*Tuesday, May 10th, 2011*

Royal Tailor
Essential Records’ newest signing, pop/rock band Royal Tailor will release its label debut, Black & White, June 7, 2011. The album’s debut single, “Hold Me Together,” is already garnering early momentum at radio, while the band has been selected to perform at The Recording Academy® Nashville Chapter’s GRAMMY® Block Party on May 10. Produced by Aaron Lindsey, Chuck Butler, and Daniel Kinner, Black & White showcases Royal Tailor’s distinctive musical blend, highlighting influences that range from Bruno...
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David Crowder Band
In November 2010 Premier Christian Cruises hired Durwood Fincher, aka "Mr. Doubletalk," to be a part of the Music Boat Cruise. A unique comedian and corporate speaker, Fincher has appeared on The Huckabee Show, The Today Show, Live with Regis and Kelly and others. Consummate entertainer, humorist and comic interviewer, Fincher has been a mainstay on the corporate speaking circuit for more than 25 years, regaling Fortune 500 companies, such as Apple Computer, BellSouth, Holiday Inn, Price Waterhouse, and Sprint, to name a few. His winning formula is simple – he makes people laugh...
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Big Idea
Big Idea Entertainment, a leading studio and producer of children’s and family programming, characters and brands, announced today they will release an all-new princess-themed DVD title, VeggieTales®: Princess and the Pop Star, on August 13 and August 16, 2011 in Christian and general market stores respectively. VeggieTales: Princess and the Pop Star will feature plenty of high-energy, family-friendly music, including the new song, “You Never Are,” written and performed by this year’s Dove Award-winning Artist of the Year, Francesca Battistelli...
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*Monday, May 9th, 2011*

Shonlock
On the heels of the chart-topping #1 radio hit “Something In Your Eyes,” Arrow Records recording artist Shonlock will release his debut album NEVERODDOREVEN (Universal Music Christian Group) on June 21, 2011. Best known to Christian music fans as a member of TobyMac’s Diverse City, Shonlock has been busy preparing to step out into a spotlight of his own. He spent much of 2010 on tour with TobyMac and Skillet for their record-breaking Awake Tonight Tour...
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RSJ
Freshly back from her honeymoon following her April 23rd wedding in San Diego, Rebecca St. James will re-connect with viewers tonight with a guest appearances on the Fox News Channel’s “Hannity.” (9:00 P.M. Eastern/8:00 Central). Rebecca will be on satellite from Los Angeles to debate the recent 'dress code' protests held by women marchers in Toronto, and her outspoken beliefs on the role modesty plays in today's culture...
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*Friday, May 6th, 2011*

SCC
Tomorrow, music icon and five-time GRAMMY ® Award winner Steven Curtis Chapman will help close out the academic year for Anderson University’s Class of 2011 at their graduation ceremony held on campus in the Ward Fieldhouse of the Kardatzke Wellness Center. Chapman will deliver his commencement speech during the afternoon engagement that is set to begin at 3PM EST. In addition, the multi-platinum selling artist and former student of the university...
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Owl City
Nearly one month from the release of his highly anticipated new album All Things Bright and Beautiful, Owl City is releasing the new galactic mission themed music video for “Alligator Sky.” The music video is debuting on Owl City’s website today, www.owlcitymusic.com. “Alligator Sky,” features Los Angeles rapper Shawn Chrystopher. “’Alligator’ and ‘sky’ are two words that don’t really go together...
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Third Day
Four-time GRAMMY® Award-winning band Third Day will be joined by an all-star lineup of musicians and Alabama radio/TV personalities for the “Make Your Move Alabama Tornado Relief Benefit,” which will take place on Sunday, May 15th, at Birmingham’s BJCC Arena, beginning at 6 pm CT (doors open at 5 pm). Spearheaded by Third Day, the concert will also feature performances by Tenth Avenue North, Trevor Morgan and Rush of Fools, along with appearances by special guest radio personalities Rick & Bubba, Alabama’s ABC-TV 33/40 meteorologist James Spann and author/speaker David Nasser. Additional performers will be announced in the coming days...
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*Thursday, May 5th, 2011*

Blindside
They have been seen on “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” have collaborated with music icons including Smashing Pumpkins leader Billy Corgan and heard around the world on World Wrestling Entertainment. Now, after four years since the release of their last project, rock band Blindside is partnering with INO Records/Sony RED to unveil their sixth album, With Shivering Hearts We Wait, on June 7...
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CeCe Winans
Nashville based gospel singer, entrepreneur and conference founder CeCe Winans continues Sharing The Vision and empowering youth with her three day conference. Always Sisters, Forever Brothers is back for its’ 5th year at the Curb Event Center located at Belmont University in Nashville, TN July 21-23. In 2005 Winans launched Always Sisters to promote the true value of pure sisterhood and friendship. Her long-time dream to reach young girls was created so that the older sisters could pour love...
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Circleslide
Critically-acclaimed Christian pop/rock band Circleslide has been wowing fans with their latest release, Echoes of the Light. Now the fans are returning the favor as Echoes of the Light has been nominated in the Pop/Pop Rock/Contemporary Album of the Year category in the fan-determined 2011 JesusFreakHideout.com Reader's Choice Awards. Others in the category include Chris Tomlin, Dave Barnes, Israel Houghton, MercyMe, Jeremy Camp, tobyMac, Gungor, and more...
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POD
Since 1984, Cornerstone Festival has spent 28 years pushing boundaries and challenging the concept of what a Christian Festival “should” look like. Cornerstone is an annual pilgrimage for people of faith of all ages, styles, and denominations from around the world. Attendees join together 20,000 strong in the hills of Western Illinois for a week-long celebration that invigorates belief, inspires creativity, and showcases the best in pop culture, faith-based entertainment, spiritual engagement, and fun activities...
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*Wednesday, May 4th, 2011*

Family Force 5
Here’s your chance to see what all the kids are talking about. Family Force 5 to stream full concert live from The Rave on May 13. Stream will include band interview and full set where Family Force 5 will be playing brand new tracks from their upcoming late summer CD release. The stream is $2.99 if purchased in advance, and $3.99 if purchased day of show. Visit http://www.theravelive.com to be a part of this exclusive event. TheRaveLive.com has been broadcasting live concerts from The Rave/Eagles Club since 2009...
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Mandisa
Two time GRAMMY ® Nominee Mandisa has landed her first No. 1 single with “Stronger.” The song which took the No. 1 spot on the AC Indicator chart this week is from her latest album, What If We Were Real. “’Stronger’ makes such a great connection with our audience,” comments Mike Prendergast, Program Director for KLTY/Dallas. “The lyrics plus the tempo, energy and positive message, make this song the perfect fit...
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Call To Preserve
Call To Preserve are about to embark upon their final tour in support of their last release Validation. Validation will be a 7" vinyl record containing 4 brand new tracks from the band, released on July 5, available only on vinyl or digitally. "We’ve wanted to put out vinyl for years and felt we had a few more things to say before we go, so this seemed like the perfect time and place to put out a 7”," says the band. The tour kicks off later this summer with Dead Icons and Strike First Records' Dynasty...
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toby
Recent BMI “Songwriter of the Year” winner TobyMac lead “Team TobyMac” in the Country Music Half Marathon last week in Nashville, TN, part of the larger Powered by Hope half marathon team. Team TobyMac brought in more than $100,000 to help support the education provided at New Hope Academy in Franklin, TN. Powered by Hope team members were on a mission to turn racial division, class segregation and spiritual poverty into community, possibility and vision...
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Jamie Grace
The stellar debut for newcomer Jamie Grace continues as her first single “Hold Me” featuring multiple GRAMMY ® winner tobyMac has garnered the No. 1 spot at CHR. This marks the first No. 1 for the Gotee Records’ newcomer. “Jamie is a true songwriter, blossoming before my very eyes. She’s such a natural, beautiful next step for our industry,” explains tobyMac. “I have not been this excited to work with an artist in a long time.” The song was also chosen as the iTunes ® Discovery Download late last month. To see a video of tobyMac calling Jamie Grace about her first No. 1 visit, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=svhN2d-ou4k...
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Last year families were introduced to the upbeat, kid-friendly animated band called The Rizers. This group made a huge wave with parents and kids as they presented culturally relevant music instilling a love for Jesus Christ and His Word through scripture memory, praise and worship. Now The Rizers are back and gearing up for their second round of scripture songs, while giving their fans an opportunity to be a part of the new project...
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*Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011*

Dara Maclean
Fervent Records’ soulful new artist Dara Maclean is packing for the next chapter in her life with the release of her debut single “Suitcases” to CCM radio. The Texas native already has 31 stations in her bag, making it the most added song on the Christian airwaves this week. “Suitcases” is available on iTunes beginning today, May 3 and will be featured on her debut album entitled You Got My Attention to be released July 12. Co-written by Maclean and Ian Eskelin, “Suitcases” is driven by an infectious beat and a vocal approach that is alternately intimate and soaring...
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Francesca Battistelli
For the Dove Awards darling Francesca Battistelli, her fans are ‘the stuff.’ And to say thank you, Battistelli is unveiling a fan-directed music video for her smash No 1 hit “This Is The Stuff.” The video features a compilation of footage shot by fans during the Winter Jam tour. To see which fans’ films made the final cut, tune in to Francesca’s website – www.FrancescaMusic.com or click here: http://www.francescamusic.com/news/stuff-live-music-video...
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Nicole C. Mullen
Seven-time Dove award winner and two-time Grammy nominated vocalist Nicole C. Mullen released her new worship album Captivated today, May 3, 2011 through Maranatha Music (format CD and deluxe edition CD with extended songs & videos). Nicole’s new 6-session small group curriculum on DVD from Isaiah 61 in the Inspiring Women series, entitled “Captivated By Prayer,” released today as well. In this new curriculum, Nicole shares life-enriching wisdom, scriptural concepts and practical tips on how to pray and explores how Jesus used the Lord’s Prayer to teach believers how to pray...
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Pastor and author, Kyle Idleman will hold a live webcast and audience event from the well known, 29,000 member, Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, KY on Sunday, May 22, to share the message of “Not a Fan,” which has been made popular through his messages, DVD teaching series and new book releasing on May 31 through Zondervan (ISBN: 0310331951). The event is in reaction to a growing movement in churches across the nation as congregations declare that they are “Not a Fan” of Jesus. The night will also include a personal message from New York Times bestselling author, Lee Strobel, and a special performance of “Until the Whole World Hears...
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John Waller
John Waller's eagerly anticipated enhanced CD, As For Me and My House, releases today through City of Peace Media and Provident-Integrity Distribution. Waller, who co-produced the CD, is celebrating the release at American Family Radio's "John Waller As For Me and My House All Day CD Release Party," where he is scheduled to open the day by leading staff devotions in the morning. Then, he will appear live in the studio all day long on shows such as "JJ & Ron in the Morning," "Mid-days with Meeke Addison," "The John Riley Afternoon Show," and "Focal Point with Bryan Fischer." Waller will also appear on the AFR Talk Network and will perform an acoustic set that will be featured online...
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Mission Six
iShine Records artists Mission Six, The Rubyz and Jonnie & Brookie each have new albums hitting stores today, May 3, 2011. All three releases, available in iShine’s new MVP format, are available in stores (through Provident-Integrity Distribution) as well as through digital retailers such as iTunes. Popular iShine artists Mission Six and The Rubyz are each releasing their third albums, Shockwave and Reflection. The two teen acts have spent the past few years performing nationwide on the...
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Building429
Essential Records artist Building 429 films the music video, due out later this month, for its breakout single "Listen to The Sound" at NuMynd Studios in Nashville, Tenn. on April 18 under the direction of Ry Cox (Brandon Heath, Third Day). The song, currently No. 5 on the Billboard National Christian Audience chart and No. 2 at CHR, is from Building 429's forthcoming release, Listen to the Sound, in stores May 10. For more information, visit www.Building429.com...
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Rush Of Fools
The devastation of their home state has deeply affected the band members of Rush Of Fools, who live in the Birmingham area. They have quickly volunteered to roll up their sleeves and actually get to work to help rebuild the devastation of last week’s tornadoes. Rush Of Fools has teamed with local Christian radio station, 93.7 WDJC to help publicize the major donation effort that will begin tomorrow, Wednesday, May 4th, 7:00 am...
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The City Harmonic
The City Harmonic’s hit radio single “Manifesto,” from the band’s critically acclaimed Introducing The City Harmonic EP, continues to ascend the radio charts while simultaneously serving as an anthem that is unifying Christians across North America. As the K-Love Radio Network moves the single to heavy rotation, with numerous other stations just now adding the single six months after it was released, “Manifesto” has also been heard at Major League Baseball stadiums, and has been chosen as the theme music for the National Day of Prayer’s “Pray Nashville” promotional...
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Husband-wife recording duo/worship leaders Dave & Jess Ray emerge with Music For The Radio, a six-song EP releasing May 15, offering hope to the people of Sudan. In partnership with Aid Sudan, all proceeds will go towards purchasing hand-held radios, which will enable people in southern Sudan to access the Gospel, as well as vital community information. Produced by Scott Williamson (Lincoln Brewster, FFH), Music For The Radio features the debut single, “Better,” along with “Into The Night,” “Music For The Radio,” “Never Gave Up” and “Breathe.” All selections were written by Dave Ray, with “Breathe” co-written by Jess Ray...
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*Monday, May 2nd, 2011*

Tricia Brock
Tricia Brock, the frontwoman of the GRAMMY-nominated rock band Superchick, has announced she is releasing her first solo effort, The Road, on June 7th (Inpop Records). While Superchick is still very much a band and currently in the studio recording for their next project and on tour throughout this summer and fall, Brock couldn't resist God's calling to release a worship project. While fronting her band, Tricia Brock never set specific plans to record a side project but last year...
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From time to time Amazon.com offers select mp3 releases for the bargain buy of just $5.00. Right now Amazon's latest sale features over 40 selections from the Christian market. The sale runs through the month of May...
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