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November, 2005


*Tuesday, November 29th, 2005*

Relient K
This week's newsletter from Relient K alerts fans on how they can support the band... on their phones! "Got something to say about Relient K? Simply want to dedicate a message on their Nokia Unwired at Hard Rock Live episode on MTV at 8 PM this Wednesday, November 30th? SHOUT OUT by sending a text message to 74774, standard rates apply. Remember to include your first name and last initial so we know who it's from." Fans can also pick up the band's latest release, if you haven't yet, entitled Apathetic EP - in stores now! (from Relient K)
Kirk Franklin
Kirk Franklin and his wife Tammy will be appearing on The Oprah Winfrey Show this Wednesday, November 30 to discuss his long battle with and victory over pornography. Don't miss this very special edition of Oprah as she talks with both Kirk and Tammy to confront this very sensitive issue. Check local listings for stations and air times. Show your support for Kirk for taking a big step for the Kingdom by pulling the cover back on a "dirty little secret" that has plagued people for far too long. Be sure to pass the word on and encourage others to tune in! (from Fo Yo Soul Entertainment)
Tree63
Tree63 are proud to announce the return of their original drummer, Darryl Swart. Swart was a founding member of Tree63 back in December, 1996, and played all the drums on the band's seminal albums up until his two-year "holiday" beginning in July 2003. Darryl was temporarily replaced by another South African, Theunis Odendaal, who moved on in June, 2005. Tree63 had the privilege of playing with Bobby Blazier for the rest of 2005 before the recent return of Swart. John and Daniel proudly welcome back their friend to the band. Be sure to check out the band's latest release Worship Volume One: I Stand For You, which hit shelves last week! (from Tree63.com)
Haste The Day
Last Monday, the 21st, Haste The Day vocalist Jimmy Ryan announced his departure from the band. The following is his official announcement he wrote on the band's official website, HasteTheDay.com... "So….. I’ve decided to leave the band. Before anyone jumps to any conclusions, it was my own decision. I feel like this chapter in my life is coming to a close and it is time for me to move on. The guys in my band are my best friends and my brothers and my decision to leave has been a difficult one. I will miss them quite a bit as they continue on and as the band continues to grow as I am confident it will. The past 4 years have been some of the best years of my life. I want to thank everyone that I’ve met while traveling all over the nation for sharing your lives, your homes, your cities, your emotions and your love with me and the band. I have a list of people about 10 miles long that I want to thank but I could go on for days about how you all have affected my life so positively. So let me thank you all here, you know who you are. I’m stoked to move on but sad to say goodbye after these last few weeks on tour as I finish out the year with the guys. My last show will be December 30th @ The Knights of Columbus in Indianapolis, Indiana. If you can come out, please do so we can have one last dance. Thank you and God Bless you, Jimmy" The next day, the band posted some answers to fans' questions regarding this crucial change, "This will not affect our Europe/UK tour. We WILL have a replacement. Jimmy will be finishing the year out with the band so the From First To Last tour will be your last chance to catch the band with Jimmy. Jimmy's last show will be December 30th @ the Knights of Columbus in Indianapolis, IN. You can get tickets at www.kulture-entertainment.com. We are looking for a new singer and if you are interested and you have touring experience (not just a week or a bunch of weekeends, legitimate long term touring experience) and you can sing and scream, then please email management@kulture-entertainment.com. We are DEFINITELY going to keep going! Lineup changes are an unfortunate reality sometimes. Jimmy will be missed but we will have a replacement and we will keep rocking!" Please keep the band in your prayers during this difficult transition. (from HasteTheDay.com)
Transition, the latest signing to the Floodgate Records growing roster, has just confirmed that MXPX's frontman, Mike Herrera, will be producing their debut album for the label. The project is yet untitled, and the Pittsburgh based band will start recording on December 26th at the Clubhouse in Bremerton, WA. “I saw Transition play a set at The Warped Tour and I was really impressed,” explains Herrera. “I knew immediately that I wanted to do the record, and I am glad that it’s going to happen.” Dan Smyers, vocalist for Transition, continues. “We grew up on MXPX so it’s an honor to get to work with Mike. They are legends to us! We all look up to him and are amazed that he likes our band. We are really excited to get to work together on this project.” Transition just completed a run of shows with Reel Big Fish, followed by a show with The Matches. Currently, the band is spending a week dedicated to more writing before leaving on the Boys of the Atlantic Tour with Chasing Victory, Far Less and Sullivan. (from Biscuit PR)
Hawk Nelson
Hawk Nelson's big screen debut is in theaters now! As we reported a few months ago, the band performs as the band at a party in new film Yours, Mine, & Ours, starring Dennis Quaid and Rene Russo. In the film, the band plays a brand new song called "Bring 'Em Out," which can also be heard in its entirety at YoursMineAndOursMovie.com, as well as a portion of their song "Things We Go Through." For our review of the film, click here! (from Jesusfreakhideout.com)
Congratulations to Erica and Tina of Mary Mary for their exciting win at last week’s American Music Awards, where the girls received the Favorite Artist/ Contemporary Inspirational Award! After 18 weeks on the Billboard charts, their self-titled album is still selling strong and has sold more than 300,000 units. Congrats gals! (from Spinhouse PR)
toby
Crave Entertainment, a leading publisher of console videogames, announced last week that they have shipped The Bible Game for PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system and Xbox video game and entertainment system from Microsoft. The Bible Game combines wholesome family fun with an engaging challenge of Biblical knowledge, and is available at retailers throughout North America for a MSRP of $19.99. The Dove Foundation has given The Bible Game the Dove Family-Approved Seal and has rated The Bible Game "family-friendly." The Bible Game casts players as contestants on a game show with fast-paced, "beat the buzzer" action and a comical off-screen announcer as emcee. 20 mini- and micro-games entertain players along with 1,500 questions focusing on inspirational Old Testament teachings such as Jonah and the Whale, David and Goliath, Noah's Ark, and many more. Multiplayer mode for up to four players encourages family members of all ages to play together, and provides a fun alternative for family game nights. Action takes place against an upbeat soundtrack provided by some of today's hottest Christian artists, including TobyMac, Newsboys, Kutless, Jeremy Camp, and more. The Bible Game is also available for the Game Boy(r) Advance handheld video game system later this month. Play as either Billy or Jenny on their quest to collect the Armor of God and tackle 1,500 questions from both the Old and New Testaments. Stories, teachings and personalities are intertwined with exciting action and adventure that plays out over seven levels. Three difficulty levels make the game accessible for all ages. (from Biscuit PR)
*Wednesday, November 23rd, 2005*

Fireflight
Modern rock band Fireflight has solidified its place on Flicker Records’ 2006 release schedule. Its national debut is slated for May 2006 and features production by celebrated talent James Paul Wisner (Underoath, Further Seems Forever, New Found Glory). Comprising Dawn Richardson (lead vocals), Wendy Drennen (bass), Glenn Drennen (guitar), Justin Cox (guitar) and Phee Shorb (drums), Fireflight formed five years ago in Orlando, Fla. A fixture of the local rock scene, Fireflight is familiar to national music audiences as well. Its self-released EP, On The Subject of Moving Forward, also produced by James Paul Wisner, sold thousands of copies independently. Additionally, Fireflight was named “Band of the Year” in 2004 by Songwriters Showcases of America. “We are thrilled that Fireflight has chosen Flicker Records as its label home,” comments Troy Vest, Flicker Records’ vice president and general manager. “The band’s amazing songs, crazy work ethic and impressive live performance makes them a dream to have on board. Our goal is that Fireflight will be among the industry’s most talked about new talents of 2006.” Mo Thieman of Nightvision Artist Management agrees, “Fireflight is likely to turn heads and solidify their place in the current music landscape. Flicker Records provides an ideal environment for fostering the band’s limitless potential.” Having performed alongside established rock acts Skillet, Emery, Anberlin, Disciple, and Kids in the Way, among others, Fireflight will continue to tour throughout 2006 and beyond in support of its debut release. The band has signed an exclusive booking agreement with The Jeff Roberts Agency. Additional information on Fireflight’s new album is forthcoming. For more about Fireflight, visit www.fireflightrock.com, www.flickerrecords.com, or their JfH Artists page. (from Savvy Media)
Pillar
Pillar has released their brand new video for their latest single “Frontline.” Fans can now watch a clip of the video at pillarmusic.com. In the coming weeks, the band's home label Flicker Records will make the entire video free to download. Pillar is currently headlining the See Spot Rock tour with Day of Fire, Falling Up, Stellar Kart and The Wedding. Look for dates in your area here www.seespotrock.com. Also, be on the look out for a new album from the band next Summer. (from Flicker Records)
Switchfoot
Switchfoot will be performing their hit "Stars" from Nothing Is Sound on NBC’s Tonight Show with Jay Leno this Friday at 11:35 p.m. EST /10:35 p.m. CST! In other news, Switchfoot visited Rome High School in Rome, Georgia, recently to launch the 2005-06 Channel One ‘In Concert’ series sponsored by Verizon Wireless. Channel One televises news directly to almost eight million students in nearly 12,000 schools across the United States. The special Switchfoot concert aired across Channel One’s national network of member schools on November 16, and footage will be streamed online at ChannelOne.com. Switchfoot members also co-anchored the day’s Channel One News broadcast that was filmed on the Rome High School grounds. (from Hoganson Media)
Ginny Owens
Rocketown recording artist Ginny Owens is scheduled to appear live on CNN's "Live From..." program next Monday, Nov. 28, during the 1-2 p.m. Eastern hour. Owens will be interviewed by CNN anchor Kyra Phillips about her non-profit organization, Fingerprint Initiative, and its partnership with Habitat for Humanity to build Hope Village in Covington, Louisiana. Be on the look out for a new interview with Ginny coming soon on Jesusfreakhideout.com... (from Rocketown Records)
Newsboys
Due to popular demand, Our Daily Blog, a book by Pastor Jim Laffoon featuring reflections by Peter, Phil, Jeff and Duncan of Newsboys has been put into hard copy form and released by Zondervan. Featuring 366 daily devotions, based on characters and stories from the Bible, this book can picked up at the band's online store or in a retail store near you. For our review of a recent date the band did in Philly, click here! (from Newsboys)
Natalie Grant
Curb recording artist Natalie Grant performed a duet with country superstar Wynonna at last week’s 11th Annual Inspirational Country Music Awards, which were broadcast live on Great American Country (GAC). Grant and Wynonna performed “Bring It All Together,” from Grant’s critically-acclaimed Awaken, one of the top-selling albums by a female solo artist in Christian music this year. The Inspirational Country Music Awards will be rebroadcast December 22 and 25 on GAC. Grant’s first Christmas album, Believe, released last month, and she will headline a multi-city Christmas tour, which is scheduled to hit Los Angeles, Dallas, Seattle and Cleveland, among other markets. In addition, “Held,” the breakthrough single from Awaken, remains a Top 20 mainstream AC hit. (from Turning Point)
Point Of Grace
Word Records’ multi-Platinum, Grammy nominated and multi-Dove Award winning group, Point Of Grace, announces its 16-city Christmastime tour in support of this year’s best-selling holiday project, Winter Wonderland. Launching Nov. 30 in Camp Hill, PA and running through Dec. 18, the Winter Wonderland tour features melodies from the all-girl group’s recently released and acclaimed holiday CD of the same name, including “All Is Well,” the celebrated song as performed by Point Of Grace’s Heather Payne on the annual Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith Christmas tours in years’ past. Other favorites includes “O Little Town Of Bethlehem,” “Jingle Bells” and a special “Santa Medley,” among others. In addition to the renowned harmonies of Point Of Grace’s Payne, Shelley Breen, Denise Jones and Leigh Capillino, the Winter Wonderland tour will feature special guest John David Webster who also lends his vocals on the album’s “Let There Be Light.” “It was the perfect time for the tour,” Breen says, “and we were so excited to be able to bring back the warm, nostalgic feeling we all love about Christmas in a CD. So we set out to make an album that people couldn't resist playing at all their holiday gatherings.” (from Bozeman Media)
Audio A
With Christmas right around the corner, it's time to make a stop at the Audio Adrenaline online merchandise store and round up some goodies for your family and friends! As the band's Christmas present to you, with every order you place, you will receive an Until My Heart Caves In promo CD! Previously only available when you pre-ordered AudioA's newest album at a concert, this disc will make a great stocking stuffer! Head over to AudioA.com for more details! (from AudioA.com)
*Friday, November 18th, 2005*

Hawk Nelson
Hawk Nelson will be attending the movie screening and walking the red carpet for the Nickelodeon/Paramount film, Yours, Mine, & Ours, on Sunday, November 20 in Los Angeles. In addition, they will be on hand at the premiere party where they’ll perform their song “Bring Em’ Out,” which Hawk performs in the film, along with an additional song that is featured in the movie, “Things We Go Through,” from their 2005 Tooth & Nail release Letters to the President Special Edition. In other Hawk news... In September, the Nickelodeon Channel taped a movie special that begins airing tonight at 6:30 PM EST. The special will air again on November 19 at 6 PM EST and November 22 at 8:30 PM EST. Portions of the special were taped at Hawk Nelson’s concert at the ROXY Theatre this summer in L.A., along with their performance with Nickelodeon star Drake Bell. In the meantime, catch Hawk Nelson’s song “Bring Em’ Out” on the Yours, Mine, & Ours homepage at http://www.yoursmineandoursmovie.com (from The M Collective)
According to the NY Daily News, former Burlap To Cashmere member Johnny Philippidis was attacked this week after he and his SUV fell victim to a hit-n-run incident. Allegedly, Philippidis and the man who hit his vehicle exchanged heated words before the man beat Philippidis and drove off. The report specifies that "Philippidis suffered a broken nose and fractures to his jaw and eye socket." A "coma was induced to relieve pressure on his brain." For the full story, visit http://www.nydailynews.com/11-17-2005/news/story/366501p-311988c.html Please keep Johnny, his family, and the other party involved in this crime in your prayers. (from NY Daily News; thanks to N. Mendez)
Chris Tomlin
Sixstepsrecords/Sparrow Records’ Chris Tomlin will release his first live recording Dec. 26, Live From Austin Music Hall. Tomlin recorded the new album Sept. 18 in his hometown of Austin, TX along with thousands who came for an evening of worship at the famed Austin Music Hall. The album consists of such CCLI chart favorites as “Forever,” “Famous One,” and “Kindness,” as well as a brand new live version of “Indescribable” with Tomlin playing piano. “Indescribable” is the first No. 1 hit off the 400,000-plus selling, award winning 2004 release, Arriving. Joining Tomlin on stage for the Live From Austin Music Hall recording were special guests and fellow Texans: collegiate favorite and label mate David Crowder, singer/songwriter Cary Pierce, formerly of Jackopierce (co-wrote “Unfailing Love” with Tomlin), and Austin-based blues singer Seth Walker. Also joining Tomlin on stage was Arriving producer, Ed Cash. People gather at Austin Music Hall for the Chris Tomlin Live From Austin Music Hall taping. Recording the album before a packed Austin Music Hall, over 5,800 people came to worship with Tomlin while 2,000 had to be turned away after the hall filled to capacity and beyond. “Even if it was just one, I would have felt bad, but the venue said they turned away at least 2,000. 2,000! I could not believe it,” reflects Tomlin. "Needless to say, the crowd of worshipers was everything I could have hoped for. I am now just hoping that we captured on tape what was going on in the Hall. I was so encouraged to see how God is at work in my hometown, Austin.” (from Hoganson Media)
Want to be a part of the taping of comedienne Chonda Pierce's next project? You can! The filming, entitled A Piece Of My Mind! will take place on January 6, 2006 at the World Outreach Church in Murfreesboro, TN. Seating is General Admission with tickets costing only $12.50 a piece. Click here for more information: https://secure.birchfalls.com/Birchfalls/clients/Chonda/ (from Chonda Pierce)
*Thursday, November 17th, 2005*

KJ-52
BEC Recordings is giving away a free KJ-52 concert as well as his much-loved minivan - which recently kicked the bucket after 250,000 miles of KJ-52 touring - filled with KJ-52 goodies (t-shirts, cds, posters and more!). What do you have to do to win this extravagant giveaway? Film a music video at least 1:30 in length for the brand new song "Napoleon Dynamite" and send it to the label. The winner will be posted on the web for all the world to see. Click here for full contest details. To celebrate the release of KJ-52's new deluxe edition, which features five bonus songs and four full music videos, BEC has posted the song "Napoleon Dynamite" on Purevolume! Click here to hear it! (from BEC Recordings)
Sarah Kelly
Highly acclaimed worship leader and recording artist Sarah Kelly is currently on tour in Sweden with the New Generation student ministry, and will play in the major cities of Gothenburg and Jonkoping on November 29th and 30th respectively, in Stockholm on December 2nd and finally Orebro on December 3rd. Kelly’s sophomore effort, tentatively titled When The Past Meets Today, is currently underway and will be released on Gotee March 21st. As a part of the major city tour of Sweden with New Generation, Kelly will be performing as the main act in front of upwards of 4,000 people. New Generation is an organization that exists to create positive school environments and works with other organizations to take a stand against drugs, bullying, and racism. Founded in 1996 as a local group at Oslo University, New Generation now has expanded to include over 15,000 teenagers in Nordic countries, with additional gatherings in Germany, France, United Kingdom, Russia, Switzerland, and Hungary. 2005 has proved itself to be a year of high visibility for Kelly with her music being featured as part of Continental Airlines’ “In-Flight” radio station programming, as well as having music exclusives featured on Sony Connect (www.sonyconnect.com). In addition, the national retail store Guitar Center added her image to the "World’s Largest Outdoor Photo Exhibit,” a gallery found on the outside of 140 Guitar Center stores all around the country. Sarah Kelly unveiled her debut album Take Me Away in 2003, which merited her a GRAMMY nomination in the “Best Rock Gospel Album” category. Take Me Away grabbed the No. 12 spot on the “Top Christian Albums” Soundscan chart first week out by selling more than 4,100 units. This feat secured Kelly as the highest new artist debut in the 10-year history of Gotee Records. The single “Take Me Way” also landed a No. 6 spot on the CHR radio charts. With an average of 150-200 tour dates a year, Kelly has shared the stage with acts including the Paul Colman Trio, as well as being an opener on the Fall 2004 Jars of Clay tour. (from LB PR)
RSJ
If I Had One Chance To Tell You Something, the much anticipated new studio album from Grammy and Dove Award winner Rebecca St. James holds the promise of giving radio, listeners, and retail much to be thankful for as it releases next Tuesday (22nd) during Thanksgiving Week. The album, the first completely new studio project from St. James in four years, blends a marked return to her rock origins with an epic overlay of pop sonics and self written material that lends itself to painting her most revealing musical self portrait to date. Her overriding message with the new music focuses on the raw urgency of life and her own vulnerability and dependence on God--lessons torn not only from today's headlines but from a recent journey of deep spiritual self discovery for the Australian born singer. Rebecca credits much of the inspiration for the new music to a retreat she took late in 2004 to L'Abri, a study center situated high in the Swiss Alps that was founded by theologian/philosopher Francis Shaeffer. "My month there was inspiring and I think there's a feeling on this new album of depth and vulnerability and hope--themes that came largely from this experience and the fresh season that this time helped me walk into." The 12 song CD offers creative input from three of the industry's most currently and consistently hit productive producers: Tedd T, (who has a strong history on past hit projects with St. James), Shaun Shankel and Matt Bronleewe. All but one of the songs bears Rebecca's imprint as a writer. The first single from the album, "Alive," is currently proving to be St. James fastest climbing single to date, impacting national singles charts in both Christian CHR and AC formats. If I Had One Chance To Tell You Something releases from EMI through their Forefront label. For a limited time it will be available at retail in a Special Edition DVD packaging that includes two bonus acoustic tracks not available on the CD, concert footage, a photo gallery, and a vellum overlay cover with deluxe photo booklet and song by song content. Promotional plans for the album include a multi-city radio tour as well as media runs to major markets including New York City for television in December. A tour in support of her new music will launch in February with BarlowGirl confirmed on the billing with St. James. (from Morning Star PR)
Kirk Franklin
Thanksgiving Day is a day of full of "f's"... family, food, football, friends, fun and more. This year, you can top off your Thanksgiving Day festivities with another "f"... Franklin! Next Thursday, November 24 (Thanksgiving Day), Kirk Franklin will be making a special appearance on BET's 106 & Park to premiere his new music video, "Looking For You"! So, kick back with a big piece of pie, gather the family 'round the tv and catch Kirk represent the Kingdom and bring "Looking For You" to the 106 & Park audience. BET's 106 & Park airs at 6pm/5pm ET/CT. Bursting at the seams with the unmistakable elements of everyday urban culture, the video was co-directed by Franklin and acclaimed director Darren Grant, who also worked with Franklin on the acclaimed "Stomp" music video. The “Looking For You” video is also currently available for on-demand viewing on Kirk’s website, www.KirkFranklin.us. (from Fo Yo Soul Entertainment)
Fusebox
Fusebox is currently in the studio recording their third full length album, tentatively titled, Transparent. Rob Hawkins (the producer) is doing a fabulous job. Many of the songs, that fans gave the thumbs up at Billy's MySpace site (MySpace.com/billybuchanan), are being considered for the album, including “Transparent,” “Bring It All To Me,” “Sleep Baby Sleep,” and “Gotta Do Something.” The band is asking listener for prayers as they hope to make this the album of their careers. (from Fusebox)
*Tuesday, November 15th, 2005*

Phil Joel
Taking a turn away from the classic "solo artist" role, Phil Joel recently completed a brand new album, The deliberatePeople Album, to support the message and mission of deliberatePeople. Written and recorded in Phil’s backyard studio, the songs are transparent and personal, while carrying a strong theme of passion and devotion to the Lord. This self-produced release focuses squarely on the dire need for relationship and intimacy with God. Mixed by fellow Kiwi and longtime friend, Sam Gibson in Hereford, England, and mastered by Chris Blair at Abbey Road Studios in London, the sound is organic and fresh, and is indicative of Phil’s New Zealand roots. The message of deliberatePeople is simple: God wants to meet with His people every day. This is where it all begins – the building of a dynamic relationship with God that transforms every area of the believer’s life. deliberatePeople centers around a daily Bible reading schedule, a devotional journal, and inspired music; complimented by a multi-faceted deliberatePeople web community. “This has been our experience over the past four years,” Phil asserts. “Heather and I were abruptly awakened to the desperate need for daily fellowship with the Lord, and now have a passion to see others experience the same spiritual breakthrough. We are so excited to share these resources and this message with others. We hope to witness a growing community of like minded believers who hunger for more spiritual depth through the renewing of their minds in the Word of God.” After recording The deliberatePeople Album in their backyard studio, Phil and his wife, Heather decided that they wanted to keep within the spirit of “home-grown” and turn the mudroom in the back of their house into a packing and shipping room. Lined with stacks of boxes full of albums and journals that pile high to the ceiling, the Joel’s are ready with tape dispensers in hand to personally pack and ship each order that comes in from deliberatepeople.com. With the beginning of the new year around the corner, Phil and Heather hope to have a base group of dP members who have answered the call to embark on God’s individual destiny for them by beginning the daily reading plan and linking with others who have answered the same call. All information needed to get started on this journey is available on http://deliberatepeople.com. While Phil is committed to launching deliberatePeople, he’s also excited about his ongoing role within the Newsboys. “The band is definitely on the brink of entirely new levels of ministry and we’re excited about that,” Phil said. Both the deliberatePeople Album and other dP resources will be available Friday, November 18th, 2005 exclusively at www.deliberatePeople.com (from LB PR)
dctalk
dc Talk may not be recording a new record together anytime soon, but that hasn't stopped people from remembering the band's most groundbreaking recording to date. The record that started a revolution in Christian music and not only inspired this very site's inception 9 years ago, but it's inspired many of your favorite new Christian artists. Gotee Records is planning to release a tribute album for dc Talk's Jesus Freak record sometime next Summer. Details will be released soon, but so far, we can expect a contribution from Gotee artists House Of Heroes... (from Jesusfreakhideout.com, House Of Heroes, Gotee)
FFH
Christian recording artist FFH will release its sixth studio album Voice From Home on Essential Records Dec. 27, 2005. The project features original pop songs with a cohesive theme of God speaking to His people. This theme comes from the mentorship of FFH frontman Jeromy Deibler by pastor and author Rich Stevenson through which the close-knit band drew inspiration. Stevenson’s book, titled “A Voice From Home,” (Waterbrook Press, Sept. 2005) evoked conversation with Deibler, and further discussion with all member of FFH. Deibler and his band mates then wrote songs they describe as the other side of worship. Rather than writing songs to God, FFH wrote songs from God in words of encouragement, hope and love as expressed through biblical scriptures. “Every song on the album is routed in scripture, but it’s designed so you can listen to the Father’s voice in common everyday language,” says Deibler. “The songs on the album are in first person; it’s God talking to his people.” FFH plans to tour with Stevenson holding church events that feature scriptural teachings from Stevenson’s book with music from Voice From Home. FFH has garnered seven No. 1 radio singles including “Still The Cross” and seven GMA Music Award nominations since their debut in 1998. For more information, please visit www.ffh.net, www.avoicefromhome.com and www.essentialrecords.com. (from Provident Music Group)
Sanctus Real
Ohio-based rock band Sanctus Real entered a Nashville, Tennessee, studio last week to finish recording its third full-length album for Sparrow Records. The not-yet-titled follow-up to 2004’s massively acclaimed Fight The Tide is scheduled to release in spring 2006. “I’m really excited for you all hear this record,” Sanctus Real drummer Mark Graalman writes in an online post to fans. “God has really done some serious work in our lives this past year... I hope it will minister to everyone as much as the process of writing and recording it has brought healing to us.” Sanctus Real debuted in 2002 with Say It Loud and was named Best New Artist in the 2004 CCM magazine readers’ poll prior to the release of Fight The Tide. The latter disc has delivered a steady stream of radio hits, including the #1 favorite “Everything About You,” and exceptional media reviews. (from Sparrow Records)
Joy Electric
Joy Electric is releasing a brand new EP this month entitled Montgolfier and the Romantic Balloons EP. The CD will be available at the JE store and at live shows only and combines two EP's into one. This limited release features 5 completely new tracks, remixes from The Ministry of Archers and another unreleased track taken from the 12" vinyl release. Montgolfier and the Romantic Balloons is a 5 song story taking the listener through the history of airship travel that started in the 1800's and all but ended with the Hindenburg tragedy. From beautifully atmospheric and melancholy to upbeat and joyful, this is Joy E at their classic best. For information on how to order the EP, visit JoyElectric.com! (from JoyElectric.com)
Norma Jean
Norma Jean is planning on a re-release for O God The Aftermath sometime soon. No details have been unveiled yet, but the band plans to add a series of extras to it. The guys just came off of their recent tour with As I Lay Dying, Madball, and A Life Once Lost, but they're not planning to slow down all too much... "We are also going to try to get a headstart on writing for a new record soon," the band stated on their site earlier this month, "right now we are all home resting before the next tour starts." For more information on what the guys are up to, visit normajeannoise.com (from NormaJeanNoise.com)
*Thursday, November 10th, 2005*

JoC
When Jars of Clay burst on the scene with the hit song 'Flood' ten years ago, they hit a nerve with people looking for lyrical and musical depth in the midst of a pop-dominated music culture. That depth and willingness to explore touchy issues such as spirituality and relationships has helped Jars of Clay to build a loyal following and achieve multi-platinum sales. Jars of Clay and Essential records have partnered with Apple to bring fans a special installment of the iTunes Original Series. For the project, Jars went back to some of their best-known songs from past albums offering insights into the writing as well as their growth as a band over the years. The project released on iTunes.com this past Tuesday, November 8th. For our JfH review of the digital project, click here! (from Provident Music Group)
Switchfoot
The San Diego-based rock band Switchfoot has added more Gold to its collection… Nothing Is Sound was RIAA Certified Gold one month after its Sept. 13 release. The album debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 bestselling albums chart with true first week's sales of 131,000, marking the band's best week's sales and highest charting album position to-date. The group's previous album, the double-platinum smash The Beautiful Letdown, peaked at #16 on the Billboard 200. Switchfoot recently took part in an AOL Sessions event and performed live versions of their hit single "Stars," as well as "Happy is a Yuppie Word" and "The Blues" from Nothing Is Sound. You can also see in-studio performances and watch an exclusive interview with the band. To catch the AOL Sessions with Switchfoot, visit www.AOLMusic.com. Switchfoot’s tour that began Oct. 17 has logged 20-sellouts. You can visit www.Switchfoot.com for the full tour schedule and for the “Daily Foot,” featuring the band journaling from the road along with tons of behind the scenes and concert photos. For our coverage of a recent stop in Philadelphia, click here. (from Hoganson Media)
Third Day
Third Day debuts its eighth national release Wherever You Are at No. 1 on SoundScan’s Top Christian and Combined charts and No. 8 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart, the only Christian title in the Top Ten. With 62,561 in sales its first week, this is the band’s highest street week debut. Wherever You Are is No. 1 on SoundScan’s Christian digital album chart and also claims the highest Christian debut position in the history of SoundScan’s digital album chart at No. 3 behind new albums from Blink-182 and Santana, and ahead of first-week releases by Diana Krall and Imogen Heap. In addition, “Cry Out to Jesus,” the first radio single off Wherever You Are, maintains the top spot on R&R’s Adult Contemporary Indicator chart for a second straight week. For your chance to win a complete CD/DVD library (sans Wherever You Are) at Jesusfreakhideout.com, click here! (from Provident Music Group)
BarlowGirl
Fervent Records' acclaimed three-sister rock band, BarlowGirl, this week claims R&R's No. 1 CHR chart position with "Let Go," the first single from their highly-applauded sophomore album, Another Journal Entry. BarlowGirl's "Let Go" is the band's third No. 1 single, following their duet with labelmates Big Daddy Weave on "You're Worthy Of My Praise" and "Never Alone" from their self-titled debut. Another Journal Entry will gain additional support this fall and winter while being featured with newsboys and tobyMac. During the next two weeks, BarlowGirl will appear with newsboys at both the Youth Jam conference in Cleveland, OH and on the One By One tour hitting Tallahassee and Ft. Myers, FL. The girls will further traverse the Southern and Midwest U.S. on the Winter Wonder Slam Live tour along with tobyMac, Matthew West, John Reuben, Grits and DJ Maj beginning in Dec. For a complete BarlowGirl performance schedule and other up-to-date information, visit www.barlowgirl.com or www.ferventrecords.com. (from Word Entertainment)
Mark Schultz
Word Records’ renowned song storyteller Mark Schultz topped SoundScan’s Christian Music Video Chart for four consecutive weeks with his live CD/DVD set, Mark Schultz Live—A Night Of Stories & Songs. His fourth national release, a project featuring live performance video footage along with a Schultz-hosted documentary, debuted at No. 1 on the video chart the first week following its Sept. 27 release. Mark Schultz Live—A Night Of Stories & Songs additionally features the hit single, “I Am,” which recently garnered the No. 1 spot on PDA’s INSP chart. The song further continues to climb at radio this week with Top 5 positions on R&R’s AC and INSP charts. The project also includes Schultz’ acclaimed music video, “Letters From War,” which will further be featured in an upcoming Billy Graham Television Special. Focusing on U.S. troops, with additional commentary from Schultz following his video segment, the program will broadcast on over 150 network affiliates and cable stations the week of Dec. 3-11. (from Word Entertainment)
Derek Webb
Critically acclaimed singer/songwriter Derek Webb is ready to raise eyebrows and get people talking with his new CD, Mockingbird, his most controversial project to date. This is his third recording with INO Records and releases on December 26th, following his 2003 release She Must And Shall Go Free and 2004’s I See Things Upside Down. Mockingbird is sure to get people talking and even make some people uncomfortable, which is exactly what Webb wants. Writing and singing about concerns of social justice, poverty, war and politics, Mockingbird will immediately impact the listener with its raw and profound lyrics and get tongues wagging on both sides of the fence. Sung in the folk stylings for which Webb is well known, these new songs are easy on the ears yet pull at the heart and mind with introspective, yet provocative, lyrics. Webb hopes people will be open to what he shares on the highly anticipated project. For those who aren’t sure how their views line up with his own, all he’s asking is that they give him a chance. “I’m not trying to push buttons or make people upset. I’m just trying to be as honest as I can. Even if people don’t agree, I hope they’ll listen. I just want to get the dialogue started.” “I think Derek has delivered his best record to date,” states Jeff Moseley, President, INO Records. “I am a huge fan of the way he challenges our suppositions and makes us take a new look at the cultural trappings of Christianity. Mockingbird is a watershed recording that will raise eyebrows and evoke passionate conversation. I am proud to work with an artist that does not shy away from examining the ‘sacred cows’ through the lens of Jesus’ teachings.” Webb is also quick to point out, “We have a history of not loving people well. We live in a country that was founded on genocide against Native Americans. We haven’t loved well and a lot of people don’t like Americans. We need to own up to some responsibility there, we need to look at why, and we need to let that inform how we’re making decisions for the future.” Concerning the political aspect of Mockingbird, he exclaims, “If you look, Jesus doesn’t go straight down one party line. We try to fit Him in our western politics, but He wouldn’t land on either side.” Living in the middle is something Webb sees Jesus model and to let go of our idea that “Christian” and “Republican” go hand in hand. “We, too, have to be willing to move in and out of political systems and parties if we’re going to follow Him.” For the most updated information and tour dates, please visit www.derekwebb.com and www.inorecords.com. (from The M Collective)
August Burns Red
Solid State Records’ latest members are wasting no time blazing a trail through the heavy music scene. The Pennsylvania-born August Burns Red are finally reaching a culmination for their efforts as they release their debut full-length album, Thrill Seeker. Produced by Adam D (Killswitch Engage, Norma Jean, The Agony Scene), Thrill Seeker is a combination of catchy metal licks and a pounding rhythm section, a sound one might easily mistake for a veteran group rather than a band ranging in age from 18 – 21. To coincide with the album release, August Burns Red are also launching the Thrill Seeker e-card, filled with photos, news, downloads and more: http://www.solidstaterecords.com/augustburnsred/ecard/ In other August Burns Red news, the band continue their non-stop tour schedule as they complete their current tour opening for Bury Your Dead, Terror and Scars of Tomorrow. For more info, visit www.augustburnsred.com (from Solid State Records)
Maylene And The Sons Of Disaster
Mono Vs. Stereo band Maylene And The Sons Of Disaster unveiled their self-titled debut album with an impressive first week out, landing the #125 spot on Billboard Magazine’s Heatseeker chart, as well as the #22 spot on the Rap/Rock Alternative chart with 1,231 albums sold. Led by former Underoath lead singer Dallas Taylor, Maylene And The Sons Of Disaster includes Josh Cornutt (guitar), Scott Collum (guitar), Roman Havaland (bass), and Lee Turner (drums). The band is currently on The Southern Thunder Tour with label mates The Showdown and Chasing Victory. They’ll tour in December with Maverick/Gotee crunk-rock act Family Force Five, as well as The Chariot and As Cities Burn. Also notable is their music video for the song "Tough As John Jacobs" which will be serviced next week to MTV2, Headbanger's Ball, Fuse, Much Music, and other outlets. Radio promotions are underway to metal radio and specialty stations. (from LB PR)
mewithoutYou
Broadcasting to over 730 colleges across the country, with a combined enrollment of 6.5 million, mtvU is the largest, most comprehensive television network just for college students. And on the evening of November 2nd, Philadelphia natives mewithoutYou joined artists like Muse, Green Day and My Chemical Romance in taking home victories from mtvU’s impressive candidates for their 2005 awards. In mtvU’s “Most Original Artist” category, described as, “genre-busters, coming out of left field to surprise audiences so much, they still have no idea what section of the record store to look for them in,” mewithoutYou joined such nominees like The Arcade Fire, Matisyahu, M.I.A. And Saul Williams. Also nominated for the Most Downloaded award, mewithoutYou walked away with one win for the evening in an awards ceremony to be aired November 10th on mtvU and mtvU.com. mewithoutYou have not only received critical acclaim from television and magazines alike, but the band have been busy tearing up the touring circuit with groups like Coheed and Cambria, Dredg and The Blood Brothers since the October 2004 release of their sophomore Tooth & Nail release, Catch For Us The Foxes. Since then, mewithoutYou have been progressively gaining fans through their relentless work ethic and alluring live show. (from Tooth & Nail Records)
David Phelps
Award-winning male vocalist David Phelps announces the itinerary for his fourth-annual Christmas tour. The 12-city tour will also feature INO Records’ Anthony Evans along with comedian Darren Streblow and female vocalist Erin O’Donnell in select markets. The tour launches on the heels of the release of Life Is A Church, Phelps’ best-selling and critically acclaimed solo project which saw a Top 5 sales debut in its first week of release. This years’ Christmas tour begins on December 1 in Columbia, Tenn. and wraps up on December 19 in Springfield, Mo. The tour has grown to become one of the Christmas season’s most highly anticipated concerts and once again promises to be an interactive celebration of the season. “I love Christmas,” says Phelps. “The decorations, the songs, the food. It's always so cool to see everybody bundled up making their way into the concert hall each night of the tour. These are always my favorite concerts, and we have a great evening planned for this year’s tour.” Phelps’ Life Is A Church released on September 27 with a debut in the Top 5 on SoundScan’s Christian Retail sales chart. Additionally, the project entered Billboard’s prestigious “Heatseekers” chart at #9. The project has already received critical praise in addition to its commercial success. (from Word Entertainment)
*Friday, November 4th, 2005*

The Afters
Simple/INO/Epic Records’ band The Afters were announced as the winners for the “Streaming Video” category of the 2005 mtvU Awards Wednesday night at the Roseland Ballroom in New York City. Band member Josh Havens accepted the award during the live taping of the awards, which will air on mtvU and mtvU.com on November 9. The Afters’ video for “Beautiful Love” was voted by college students on mtvU.com winning the preliminarily rounds by eliminating artists such as Alicia Keys and Matisyahu. They went head to head in the final round beating Hawthorne Heights, My Chemical Romance and Aesop Rock to win the category. mtvU is the largest television network created specifically for college students. It is broadcasted to more than 700 colleges across the nation reaching 6.5 million students. The Afters currently are touring with Jeremy Camp and Bethany Dillon on the Restored tour. They released their national debut project this year, I Wish We All Could Win. (from The M Collective)
TFK
Tooth and Nail rock group Thousand Foot Krutch has been doing more than just playing music these days. In addition to their recent 23 city tour, they recently received three Covenant awards at the 27th Annual Canadian Gospel Music Association (CGMA) Covenant Awards, held in Toronto. The categories were, Artist of the Year, Group of the Year, and Modern Rock Album of the Year. Also, their current single, “Move,” is having continued success. Released August 23, it is currently #22 on the Active Rock Chart, #32 on the Rock Chart, and getting new adds/increased spins at Alternative, all according to Radio and Records. The video for “Move” was shot in late September and is being serviced this week to video networks. For more information visit www.thousandfootkrutch.com. For our review of their latest record The Art Of Breaking, click here! (from Big Machine Media)
Falling Up
BEC Recordings band Falling Up once again has noted success with their new album Dawn Escapes in both radio and press. The new album has debuted #4 on Billboard’s “Heatseekers” Chart and sold over 6,000 units the first week. Their new single “Moonlit” is the most added song at rock radio this week and has been chosen as a “Flavor” song on Music Choice being touted as “catchy track tailor-made for mainstream rock radio.” Their first single “Exit Calypsan (Only In My Dreams)” landed in the Top 5 on the R&R Christian Rock Chart! For our review of Dawn Escapes, click here! Keep an eye out this weekend for a review of the crazy final date of their recent Falling Up Tour... (from Big Machine Media)
delirious
Carrying on its tradition of globally relevant music, Delirious? returns with their new studio album, The Mission Bell, releasing Dec. 26 on Sparrow Records. Known as the galvanizing force that changed the face of worship and for its compelling live performances that took them into 23 countries last year alone, Delirious? speaks directly to the Church through The Mission Bell, delivering a call of action to all believers. “What are we going to do with what we have been given?” asks Delirious? member Martin Smith. “We love what we do, but there’s gotta be more. We want to make a change. Surely, this whole God thing is not just for putting Christian records out. Surely, God has called us to higher things. It’s not enough to sit back and enjoy the ride, but to be sure of the ride we’re on.” This is the shared vision of Smith, guitarist Stu G, keyboardist Tim Jupp, bassist Jon Thatcher and drummer Stew Smith, delivered in the vessel that is The Mission Bell. There is a sense of urgency, a challenge to the Church to quit talking about what it believes and to take action with all it’s been given. “I think there’s a lot of inspiration for people to get out of these songs,” says Stu G. “I think it’ll help some folks kind of work out their calling, work out what they’re supposed to be doing.” And this message will resonate all over America as the band’s first stateside radio single from the recording, “Fires Burn,” hits the airwaves next month. “There aren’t many songs about the return of Jesus and it is a healthy reminder that heaven is the destination,” says Martin. Sometimes the mission Delirious? shares also means tackling the difficult issues. In the album’s “Our God Reigns,” the band deals with the subject of social injustice, particularly A.I.D.S., abortion and the constant focus of Western culture on self-improvement and materialism, definitely not the usual subject matter for rock ’n’ roll, but something Martin felt was important to address. “All I had was the chorus when I started out, and I thought ‘Oh, fantastic, this is going to be another little church song that everyone will sing. That will be great.’ But I could not write any verses for it, and all of the sudden, these heavy lyrics came out,” Martin recalls. The album also features the talents of well-known artist tobyMac on “Solid Rock,” a remake of the hymn, “On Christ the Solid Rock.” Additionally, The Mission Bell will be enhanced with a 12-minute behind the scenes video. In anticipation of the December 26 release of The Mission Bell, Delirious? will be prepping For all the latest tour updates, go to www.delirious.co.uk. Expect an early review of the project's UK release to hit JfH within the next week... (from Hoganson Media)
NewSong
Dove Award-winning, Grammy-nominated hitmaker, NewSong plans a season of Christmas blessings with a new song, tour and network television movie appearance. The blessings start with the debut of a new Christmas song, The Christmas Blessing," featured in the upcoming CBS holiday television movie of the same name, and will include a 16-city Christmas tour featuring Sony/Integrity labelmate Anointed and new Reunion Records' artist Ana Laura. The Christmas Blessing could be destined for the same phenomenal success as their 2002 #1 AC pop hit, "The Christmas Shoes" which inspired a New York Times best-selling book by Donna VanLiere and a highly rated television movie. NewSong debuts "The Christmas Blessing" in the CBS Sunday Movie, based on VanLiere's book The Christmas Blessing, a sequel to The Christmas Shoes. The group actually appears in the movie performing the song. "The Christmas Blessing" was written by NewSong's Eddie Carswell and Michael O'Brien. Integrity Music Group is making plans for limited release of the song this year and it will be included on a Christmas CD NewSong will produce for 2006. The Christmas Blessing is scheduled for broadcast on Sunday, Dec. 18 (9:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network and stars Neil Patrick Harris ("How I Met Your Mother") and Rebecca Gayheart ("Urban Legend") with a special appearance by Rob Lowe ("West Wing") who starred in the first movie. A CBS Television press release describes The Christmas Blessing this way: "In this heartwarming holiday drama, the sequel to the highly-rated 2002 television movie The Christmas Shoes, the young boy from the original film has grown up and meets a young woman and a boy who both, with the help of a Christmas miracle, change his life. The Christmas Shoes was the second highest-rated television movie of the 2002-2003 season, attracting nearly 17 million viewers. "God continues to show up in big and unexpected ways," said NewSong founding member Carswell. "'The Christmas Shoes' phenomenon took us all by surprise and was more than anything we could have imagined. And, "The Christmas Blessing" has already exceeded our wildest dreams. We're so excited about the movie, tour and Donna's 'Christmas Blessing' book... to see God's hand at work has been humbling." (from Spinhouse PR)
Ana Laura
Ana Laura, new Reunion recording artist, sang “The Star-Spangled Banner” at Sunday’s Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Race at the Atlanta Motor Speedway. The race was aired on NBC and watched by over 10 million viewers. Prior to the race, Ana Laura performed songs from her upcoming self-titled album as drivers prepared for the race. After the concert, she spoke to The Weather Channel on Pit Row and discussed the best and worst weather to sing in. Later she attended the driver/crew chief meeting where she prayed with race associates, drivers, their pit crews and others. Race drivers welcomed Ana Laura to the track including Dale Earnhardt Jr., Rusty Wallace, Dale Jarrett, Kyle Petty and race winner Carl Edwards. Also welcoming her was Gov. Sonny Perdue of Georgia. During the event, Ana Laura was invited to watch the race from the skybox of Atlanta Motor Speedway owner and Chairman of Speedway Motorsports, Bruton Smith. Ana Laura is currently on the Girls of Grace Tour and is slated to release her debut album in early 2006 on Reunion Records. She is also featured on the opening track of the original Christmas album Come Let Us Adore Him from the producers of the City On A Hill series now available in stores. (from Provident Music Group)
Pivitplex
GRAMMY winning producer Jason Burkum has just completed producing the new Pivitplex album, The King In A Rookery. Due in stores in February 2006, the album contains 13 new original tracks. "I hope people give this record the attention it deserves. I hope they take an hour to sit down and really LISTEN to it," Burkum said. " If they do, they will discover that this record has heart and emotional honesty. I think that somehow we've captured the highest highs and lowest lows of those of us involved in this project, and it translates into some amazing music." Jason has produced hit records for Audio Adrenaline, Tree63, Kids in the Way, and Casting Pearls. Burkum earned his first GRAMMY award last year for producing Audio Adrenaline¹s hit record, Worldwide. Recently Burkum launched his own record label November Twelve Records and signed Pivitplex as it's flagship artist. The King In A Rookery is a follow up to Pivitplex¹s debut smash, Under Museum Quality Glass on BEC Recordings, which earned the band their first top ten hit, "You Know." (from Aristo Media)
Former Santana vocalist and Christian music pioneer Leon Patillo and his wife Renee narrowly escaped serious injury on Monday night when the 36' RV they were traveling in exploded in Barstow, California. The Patillo's were driving down the road following weekend concert appearances in California when there was a large explosion and smoke and flames erupted from the front air conditioning unit. Before Leon could pull off the road, the entire front of the RV was engulfed in flames. As they scrambled to get out, none of the doors would open as the fire damaged the electical system enough that the power locks were no longer operational. With flames in the front cabin, Renee finally managed to get her door open, but Leon was not able to climb over the center console due to the fire. He finally managed to break a small window and crawl out, and they began to run knowing that there were several bottles of propane on board. They managed to run about 100 yards before hearing a large explosion, and the RV burned to nothing but a frame. "Leon incurred scratches on his back from trying to go through the driver’s window, and I have a few cuts on my fingers and some under my feet from not having any shoes," says Renee. "We did not have any burns. We inhaled a lot of smoke but we are okay now." The fire destroyed Leon's keyboards, MP3 player and merchandise, as well as their clothing and luggage, cellular phones, personal effects, and the money they had received from love offerings at concert appearances over the weekend. "We are still in a little state of shock but God is giving us peace," says Renee. They are currently recuperating at their home in Las Vegas. Leon Patillo's latest CD Live Experience 2 was released in August through Nashville-based TAG Artist Group. (from Nashville Publicity)
*Tuesday, November 1st, 2005*

Third Day
Third Day and longtime promotional partner Chevrolet have teamed up to celebrate the group’s eighth national release, Wherever You Are, with an eight-city mini- tour, beginning Nov. 1 in the band’s hometown of Atlanta. The “Third Day All Access: Stories And Songs Tour” will feature the five-man band in “storytellers” type setting, presenting songs new and old, as well as sharing stories and answering questions from fans. The Third Day All Access tour’s initial performance, scheduled for 8 p.m. EST, will also be broadcast live on the internet through Earthlink LIVE and on the band’s website, www.thirdday.com, as well as on SKY 1 Radio Networks. Fans can also visit www.thirddayallaccess.com for chance to register to be part of these unique events. (from Provident Music Group)
Kirk Franklin
Platinum-selling Gospel artist Kirk Franklin will be appearing on ABC’s Live With Regis And Kelly this Wednesday morning, November 2. Franklin will be performing his latest single, “Looking For You”, which is also the new #1 Gospel single in the country, according to the Billboard Radio Monitor! Franklin’s new album, “HERO”, has been the #1 selling Gospel and Christian album since it’s October 4 release. Check local listings for stations and airtimes. For more info, log on to Kirk’s website at www.kirkfranklin.us. Also, be sure to catch Kirk's performance on BET 25 Strong: The Silver Anniversary special tomorrow night, Tuesday, November 1 at 9:00pm EST/8:00pm CST. (from Fo Yo Soul Entertainment)
POD
P.O.D.'s sixth full-length studio album Testify is now complete, looking at a January 24th, 2006 release date. The band didn’t want fans to have to wait any longer for some new music. Atlantic Records have been gracious enough to allow the band to get a very special EP out immediately. The first Warriors EP released before The Fundamental Elements of Southtown back in 1998. 30,000 copies were pressed and sold out quick, becoming a much sought after collectors item. On Tues, Nov. 15th, hit your local record stores fast, or you might even consider pre-ordering, to grab Warriors EP, Vol. 2. This will be a one time special record for the most hardcore P.O.D. fans. There are only 40,000 copies of this release being made. You will also be able to access the EP through iTunes, but only up until Testify releases. Inside the EP is also a handwritten letter from Sonny to the band's fans, the "Warriors." Check it out November 15th! (from P.O.D.; gathered by JfH)
Legendary singer/songwriter Wes King has been battling cancer in the form of Lymphoma and undergoing chemotherapy throughout this past summer. King's fellow musicians and friends have rallied to his aid in putting together ife Is Precious: A Wes King Tribute in his honor and to raise financial support for the ailing artist. The album was to boast talents such as Steven Curtis Chapman, Michael W. Smith, and Nichole Nordeman, all offering their takes on Wes's songs, but the artists' home labels have put a stop to it before it could start. According to this thread on Indieforce.net, Sparrow and Reunion have denied their artists the permission to contribute to King's tribute. However, the same thread also bears word that the labels have denied such a claim. Regardless, several noteworthy artists have rallied in King's favor, including Downhere, Phil Keaggy, Scott Krippayne, Kim Hill, Derek Webb, Paul Colman, and many lesser-known artists. For more on the project, visit http://www.wesking.com/tribute.html! (from IndieForce.net, WesKing.com; thanks to Jonathan F.)
Canadian girl group Carried Away took home two awards at the recent October 22nd Canadian Gospel Music Association’s Covenant Awards in Ontario. The trio merited both the honor of “Song Of The Year” with “I Know,” as well as “Pop/Contemporary Album Of The Year” for their debut album Closer To You. They were nominated in a total of five different categories. Carried Away is just recently off the road from the 20-city nationwide SHOUTfest tour with artists such as Skillet, GRITS, ZOEgirl, and Jump5 among others. This caps off a busy year of touring both stateside and in their homeland Canada. To date, they’ve opened up for marquee acts including Casting Crowns, Avalon, and Bryan Duncan. Also notable is an upcoming joint charity effort between Carried Away and CMC Distribution. The upcoming CMC promotion, Super Weekend, will give a portion of all sales of Carried Away albums to the Canadian Salvation Army and efforts to aid those affected by Hurricane Katrina on the Gulf Coast. The promotion will take place on November 4th and 5th in over 60 stores across Canada. (from LB PR)
Jeff Deyo
After months of work, Jeff Deyo is currently putting the finishing touches on the Surrender DVD - the companion to his Surrender CD that came out in August. This DVD features the live footage from the concert recorded at Parachute Festival in New Zealand back in January. Like any good DVD, Deyo and company have thrown in every extra they could think of. There's the 70-minute concert feature, which includes many of the songs from the Surrender CD, but also features two songs that didn't make their way onto the record. There are also lots of bonus features including interactive chord charts to help you learn how to play the songs, behind the scenes footage, interviews with Jeff on some of the spiritual teachings behind the songs, and more. Fans will soon be able to order the DVD online at the JeffDeyo.com store, as well as purchase it at his product table at any of his concerts. For at least the first few months, this DVD will not be available in stores, so check out his live show or online store to get your copy. Stay tuned to JeffDeyo.com for more info! (from Jeff Deyo)

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