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November, 2008


*Thursday, November 27th, 2008*

JoC
Today, Jars Of Clay's own keyboardist, Charlie Lowell, issued the following band news update that includes talk of their forthcoming new album, a new Christmas audio book read by the band, live Christmas music video, and more! Read on... "Greetings from Nashville, where we are slowing down, just for a few days before we speed back up. It's been a great 6 weeks or so since the Music Builds tour ended. We jumped right back in the studio and wrote and recorded two more new songs...
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SCC
In a new video blog, Steven Curtis Chapman introduces a new song that you can hear now free at StevenCurtisChapman.com. The current splash page on the artist's site reads... "Whether you voted for President Bush and love him, or you've disagreed with all his policies and dislike him... Could we all agree on this? We owe him a sincere thank you. As the historic Inauguration of President Elect Barack Obama approaches, StevenCurtisChapman.com pauses to thank our outgoing...
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*Wednesday, November 26th, 2008*

Kevin Max
Kevin Max returns December 9th with his latest recording, CRASHING GATES – an all-new 7-song studio recording that brings Max back to the passionate rock sounds that his fans have come to expect. This will be Max’s first release on the dPulse Recordings label. "This is where THE IMPOSTER left off,” says Max about the new project. “I view this EP as a more focused collection of songs about the Apocalypse." Joining with his frequent guitarists Erick Cole...
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Integrity Music and Gateway Create Publishing announce the worldwide debut CD from worship artist and songwriter Kari Jobe. The self-titled album is scheduled to release February 10. Jobe, who is a worship pastor at the Dallas/Fort Worth-based Gateway Church, previously appeared on Gateway’s recordings Wake Up The World and Living For You, which are also available through Integrity. “Kari Jobe is a refreshing new voice in worship music,” says Jay King...
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Seabird
Credential recording artist Seabird basks in its win for "Artist of the Year" at the 2008 Cincinnati Entertainment Awards presented on Sunday, Nov. 23 at Emery Theatre. The hometown heroes have also received much national attention recently, with song placements in fall episodes of "Numb3rs" and "Grey's Anatomy." Pictured (l-r) are Ryan Morgan with his wife Natalie, Aaron Morgan with his wife Celeste, and Chris Kubik...
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Superchick
Listen for Superchick's song "So Beautiful" on promotional spots for the new ABC reality program, "True Beauty." The series, executive produced by Tyra Banks ("The Tyra Banks Show," "America's Next Top Model") and Ashton Kutcher (executive producer of "Punk'd" and "Beauty and the Geek") will determine the true inner beauty of six stunning females...
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International outreach organization Mocha Club announces the kick-off of its “I Need Africa More Than Africa Needs Me” campaign next month. The initiative aims to re-cast Africa’s image as a continent of despair by raising awareness of the joy and hope that exists among the African people. Beginning Dec. 1, 2008, interested participants may go online to www.mochaclub.org and purchase one or more American Apparel t-shirts with the phrase...
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*Tuesday, November 25th, 2008*

The Afters
Teaming up with Flicker Records’ Nevertheless and Word Entertainments’ Remedy Drive, INO Records’ The Afters are bringing music and Christmas cheer as the headliner for the 12 Days of Christmas tour. The tour will make stops in nine cities starting Dec. 2. Tour dates listed below, subject to change. Adding to an already impressive list of TV exposure, The Afters’ “Keeping Me Alive” was recently used in promotion for FOX’s...
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Tenth Avenue North
Provident's Thanksgiving Buzz: Receiving its third AMA nomination early last month, Atlanta based rock band, Third Day, celebrated its first American Music Award win in the “Favorite Artist in the Contemporary Inspirational” category... Tenth Avenue North is featured in the Jan-Feb 2009 issue of Devozine, discussing why reading the Bible and being grounded in the word is so important. Mike Donehey told Devozine, “I try to incorporate scripture into my life, in every moment of every day...
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Maranatha! Music released the Christian Audio Book Classics series November 18, bringing to life four of the most beloved Christian classics of our time from preeminent authors such as E.M. Bounds, Hannah Whitall Smith, Charles Sheldon and Andrew Murray. Each audio book set features a fully dramatized narrative and a thematic ten-song inspirational music set inspired by each audio book’s text. The collection features multiple-disc volumes of the titles Power Through Prayer (E.M. Bounds)...
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New Integrity Music worship artist Kari Jobe will be having an exclusive live video chat on Revelife.com tonight! Join Kari as she discusses her new, self-titled album releasing in February, her latest single 'I'm Singing' (a co-write with fellow worship leader/artist Chris Tomlin), what's going on in her life and the vision for the future of her ministry! Everyone will be able to watch the video chat but only those who are registered users of revelife.com will be able to ask questions...
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Playdough
It's been over two years since the world last was served up a solo effort from rapper Playdough. Now the solo artist is offering a new 7 track EP from Australian label Mustard Records to the U.S. with a release date aimed for next month. Here are the details, "It's been years since any new Playdough solo material has been available and the wait is finally over. Playdough's "Goodonya" is what every Playdough fan has been blowing up inboxes asking for...
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*Monday, November 24th, 2008*

Third Day
Receiving its third AMA nomination early last month, Atlanta based rock band, Third Day, celebrated its first American Music Award win tonight in the “Favorite Artist in the Contemporary Inspirational” category. Due to a non-stop touring schedule, band members were unable to attend the awards show which aired on ABC, live from the NOKIA Theater in Los Angeles...
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Jeremy Camp
Jeremy Camp is making noise this week to get his fans to speak up, speak now, speak loud with his new release, Speaking Louder Than Before, which drops in stores and online this week. Co-produced by Jeremy Camp and Grammy Award winning producer Brown Bannister this his first project in over two years. Through the past few years and all that has happened in his life, Camp has realized the urgency of speaking louder to all. "I have walked through the valleys, the mountains, and plains," shares Camp. "That's why I'm speaking up, that's why I'm speaking now and loud...
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Joy Williams
Sensibility Music recording artist Joy Williams has announced a free new Christmas download for fans to snatch up before the holidays. Surf on over to her MySpace page now to download "Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabella" now! Here's her announcement... "As an early Christmas gift to you, I've recorded an old French Christmas carol that I recently discovered, and have made it available for you to download directly from my MySpace, Facebook, or ReverbNation pages...
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Operation Freedom Bell and Indelible Creative Group are proud to announce an exclusive partnership with LifeWay Christian Resources in the CBA (Christian Booksellers Association) retail market for Operation Christmas Bell which brings hope, encouragement and Bibles to U.S. Soldiers who are serving overseas. Holiday gifts from home are a big morale boost for military service members stationed around the world and Indelible Creative Group along with Operation Freedom Bell have partnered together with LifeWay to make this holiday season a little brighter for them...
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*Friday, November 21st, 2008*

DecembeRadio
Slanted Records’ recording artists DecembeRadio are bringing in the Christmas season with a new three-song digital EP entitled Comfort & Joy, which will be available at online outlets on November 25th. The release includes a unique rendition of the classic “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,” which has been serviced to Christian AC and CHR radio, as well as a cover of the rollicking “Run Run Rudolph,” made popular originally by the legendary Chuck Berry. “Run Run Rudolph” has been serviced to Christian CHR and rock formats...
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Michael W. Smith
Provicdent's Friday Buzz is here... Michael W. Smith, who recently released his 21st album A New Hallelujah (10/28), will be featured on the Christian Broadcast Network’s “700 Club”. The show will air Monday, November 24. The 700 Club is hosted by Pat Robertson and is a live television program that airs weekdays before a studio audience in Virginia Beach, VA. Having graced the July 7 cover of Billboard Magazine, performed on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and broken its own first-week sales records with its 10th studio album Revelation (7/29/08), Thursday night Third Day...
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Disciple
A strong line-up of popular Christian rock bands are expected to play at the annual Christmas Rock Night in Germany, to take place on December 5+6 in Ennepetal near Düsseldorf. Headlining artsts include Disciple, Haste The Day, Day of Fire on Friday and Kutless, Project 86, Fireflight and Thousand Foot Krutch. New to the German live circuit are Everyday Sunday, Future of Forestry, Breaking the Silence, HB from Finland...
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One of Christian music's most beloved and critically acclaimed bands, Waterdeep, is returning to the music scene with their most diverse album to date. Singer/Songwriter husband/wife duo, Don & Lori Chaffer, have branched out in both the music and mood of Pink and Blue, which releases December 9th. The album covers both a wide range of moods- from the fun-filled "Life of the Party" to the somber "My Second Try"- and a broad palette of musical elements- from unexpected pop grooves to familiarly vibey, acoustic timbres...
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Casting Crowns
TNT is going to ring in the holidays in musical style with its annual presentation of CHRISTMAS IN WASHINGTON, which this year is scheduled to feature platinum-selling, Grammy-winning Christian music group Casting Crowns, Tony-winning performer Kristin Chenoweth, rising country star Julianne Hough, Grammy winner Darius Rucker and a cappella sensations Straight No Chaser. Dr. Phil and Robin McGraw are slated to host the event for the fifth consecutive year...
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This afternoon, Strike First Records are happy to announce the signing of Southern California's The Rekoning. The Rekoning are a proud punk uprising taking their place on the Strike First roster among the raucous and rowdy spirits of the past. The three-piece from Riverside, California blasts out fist-pumping, old fashioned hardcore punk full of raw energy and melodic hooks. The Rekoning will release their debut full length Road Less Traveled on January 6, 2009...
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Gospel artist Kevin LeVar will join legendary artists Mary Mary and Kurt Carr on BET’s hit series Bobby Jones Gospel, airing Sunday, November 30th at 9:00 a.m. ET/PT. LeVar is scheduled to perform songs from his debut album Let’s Come Together. Let's Come Together was released on September 16, 2008 by God Glorified...
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*Thursday, November 20th, 2008*

Fireflight
Taco Bell announced the THREE winners of their "Feed The Beat" contest yesterday, which includes Flicker Records rock band Fireflight and Tooth & Nail's own Thousand Foot Krutch! Today, Fireflight responded to their fans' enthusiastic support... "We are extremely excited to let our fans know that we are 1 of 3 winners as part of the "Feed The Beat" competition from Taco Bell...
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Sara Groves
In a recent letter to Amazon.com customers, the company’s CEO Jeff Bezos talked about the ‘wrap rage’ many feel when trying to get products out of ‘nearly impenetrable packages,’ and even included a link to videos from customers showing this frustration (www.amazon.com/upload). You can read Bezos’ full letter here. Likewise, critically acclaimed singer-songwriter Sara Groves humorously talks about this in her new Christmas single, aptly titled “Toy Packaging,” from her new holiday offering, O HOLY NIGHT...
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Beautiful Faith, the newly released collection of inspirational and worshipful songs from 13 gifted Christian women singer/songwriters who forge the project’s unique and fresh alliance of sound, will put a “face” on their message next week on JCTV. A “quartet” of faces in fact, as three of the Beautiful Faith artists join fellow artist and project creator/producer, Larissa Lam, on the set of JCTV’s popular “Top 3...
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Big Idea
VeggieTales characters and qubo favorites “Bob the Tomato” and “Larry the Cucumber,” recently joined Carrie Ellis, Director, Project Management for KaBOOM!(www.kaboom.org) as guests on NBC’s Weekend TODAY Show! Weekend TODAY meteorologist, Chris Cimino, interviewed Ellis as part of the show to discuss the partnership between qubo, the multi-platform children’s programming outlet (www.qubo.com,) and the national nonprofit organization KaBOOM! (www.kaboom.org) and its 67 “Playful City USA” communities...
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*Wednesday, November 19th, 2008*

Third Day
Having graced the July 7 cover of Billboard Magazine, performed on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and broken its own first-week sales records with its 10th studio album Revelation (7/29/08), Third Day gets ready for its second late night network TV performance in just three months. The Atlanta based rock band will perform its hit song “Revelation” on “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” this Thursday night...
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TFK
Taco Bell®'s inaugural "Best of the Beat" winners were announced today as part of the leading Mexican-style quick service restaurant's Feed the Beat program. Tooth & Nail Records' Thousand Foot Krutch was one of the three winners announced today along with the bands Hit the Lights and Fireflight. Already privy to $500 in Taco Bell® Bucks for free Fourthmeal, the late night meal between dinner and breakfast, these bands will work with Taco Bell to identify and hire a well-known producer to record a single for them and then receive help in promotion by Taco Bell in the Spring of 2009...
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Showbread
Twelve CompassionArt songwriters, joined by seven genre-defining guest vocalists, have come together for an unprecedented offering to help the poorest of the poor through the 14-song charity album, CompassionArt: Creating Freedom From Poverty. This groundbreaking recording, which includes a compelling 50-minute DVD CompassionArt documentary, will be available at both physical and digital retail outlets everywhere beginning Jan. 27, 2009 in the US through EMI CMG, and Nov. 24, 2008 in Europe and Scandinavia through Fierce!/Kingsway, Asia...
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POD
Earlier this month, rumors flooded the net that P.O.D. was taking a break after cancelling a tour with mainstream act Filter. The secular band announced on their website that P.O.D. cancelled due to a hiatus, but the San Diego four has insisted in an update today that fans should not believe the rumors... "Hello Fam, just wanted to reach out and show some LOVE before we take off for South America. We have waited a long time for this opportunity and look forward to playing and meeting new Warriors. Please take a look at the updated tour dates below as there...
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pureNRG
One of Christian music’s top-selling and top touring acts, tween group pureNRG, is releasing an exclusive CD for Family Christian Stores. The album, reNRGized, will feature remixed versions of fan favorites such as “Here We Go Again,” “Pray,” “What If,” and “360.” (Complete listing is below). The project will be available for purchase at Family Christian Stores across the country on December 23, 2008, just in time for Christmas! The CD was remixed by Producer, Composer, and Songwriter, Tim Holt, who has done production and remixes for such Christian artists as Rebecca St...
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Showbread
After announcing the long awaited DVD release from Showbread months ago, front man Josh Dies has finally posted an update on the project... "Yes, after years of development and months of finalizing, the first Showbread DVD release "How Showbread Ruined My Life" is finally almost here... The final version is being completed as i type this, the artwork is ready to go... Everything goes out to the manufacturer in a couple of days. Believe me when i say, it is a colossus of content. If content where a comic book character...
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Superchick
Power pop-rock band Superchick stars in a music video for its newest single, “Cross The Line,” from the group’s current project, Rock What You Got. Filmed last month in Nashville, Tenn. the video, directed by Superchick’s Max Hsu, will be serviced to national media outlets early next year to coincide with the single’s release at CHR and Rock radio...
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*Tuesday, November 18th, 2008*

Family Force 5
Dance-derived alternative rockers Family Force 5 debuts their music video for "Radiator" on MySpace music today. Fans can view and comment on the video by going to this link. This music video will also premiere on TVU this coming Friday, November 21st. Family Force 5 is currently on the Winter Wonder Slam tour with TobyMac, Relient K and special guest B.Reith. The tour started this past weekend and continues until December 14th. Dates and information regarding the Toys for Tots drive can be found at the tour site...
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Jeremy Camp
Jeremy Camp, Demon Hunter, and The Almost fans (among others) will be thrilled to hear that they can get the latest releases from some of their favorite artists a day early. Today EMI Distribution's Sr. Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Greg Bays, announced the release date change for their projects from Tuesday, November 25th to Monday, November 24th! Below is the announcement... "EMI Music Marketing, the mainstream distribution division of EMI Music, has decided to move the Street Date for all Tuesday, November 25, 2008 releases up one day, to Monday, November 24, 2008 in the mainstream market...
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MercyMe
It’s been called the “home of American music” and “country’s most famous stage,” and this Friday, November 21st, MercyMe’s BART MILLARD will make his Grand Ole’ Opry Debut at the famed Ryman Auditorium. Friday’s Opry may be heard on AM650-WSM, XM channel 11 and on the internet at www.wsmonline.com. MercyMe will be backing up Millard as he sings “Stand Up Stand Up for Jesus” from the critically-acclaimed HYMNED AGAIN project, as well as the band’s upcoming single...
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Pocket Full Of Rocks
New music is coming in 2009 from worshippers Pocket Full Of Rocks. Below is an announcement released today by the band... "So here is the news...it's been 15 months since the release of Manifesto, and we are finally starting a new record! But here is the fun part, it's gonna be a Live one! (hear joyful shouts from the guys in the band right here...) Thats right, after two studio project with Word Records, they have suggested that we do what we love to do, lead worship with a crowd full...
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SCC
Today, Steven Curtis Chapman and his family released the news and some images from the recent wedding of their eldest daughter, Emily Chapman. All images feature Tanner and Emily (Chapman) Richards, with some also including Steven and Mary Beth Chapman, Tim and Janie Richards, and Emily’s younger siblings, Shaohannah and Stevey Joy Chapman. All photo credits belong to divineimages.net. Emily and Tanner were married on October 4th in a private ceremony at the Chapman home in Franklin, TN...
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Releasing digitally only on Tuesday 12/2, TobyMac's Portable Sounds will include two remixed tracks: "Boomin' feat. Shonlock" and "Ignition." Get it all at iTunes, or purchase just the remixes if you already have the rest of the songs...
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*Monday, November 17th, 2008*

SCC
Steven Curtis Chapman's team made this candid but exciting announcement today... "It's perhaps the toughest song on the planet to sing and when the stadium is full, the difficulty goes even higher. But when the hometown team calls, you gotta say yes! On November 23rd, Steven will sing our national anthem for the Titans home game against the New York Jets. Steven will be relieved to know it will not be televised...
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Today, Facedown Records and A Plea For Purging announce plans for their upcoming album, Depravity. Plea are in the midst of pre-production right now for the March 3rd release of Depravity, the sophomore release for the band on Facedown Records. The band will be entering Foundation Studios with Joey Sturgis (The Devil Wears Prada, Gwen Stacy, For the Fallen Dreams, At the Throne of Judgement) on Nov. 29th, through most of the month of December. There are two demo tracks that will appear on the record on APFP's myspace page...
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*Friday, November 14th, 2008*

Hawk Nelson
Hawk Nelson is making a difference "one little miracle" at a time this fall on the REVOLVE tour across the nation. The band has devoted this fall to a campaign they've created based on their hit single. As previously announced, the band is visiting Ronald McDonald homes in REVOLVE tour cities as well as raising money for the Hands and Feet Orphanage in Haiti and partnering with TOMS shoes. For more information and how to get involved, go to: www.hawknelson.com...
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Tenth Avenue North
Tenth Avenue North broke into the Top 5 at R&R AC Monitored this week with seven new radio adds. Highlighting that list was K-Love network, WPOZ/Orlando and WFSH/Atlanta. “By Your Side” is the second single off the band’s debut album Over and Underneath. Jeff Cruz, Assistant Program Director for WPOZ said, “There are several big songs on the record, but the one that just blew me away was "By Your Side". The passion expressed on that song is evidence of the true hearts of these amazingly talented young men.” For more information about Tenth Avenue North please visit: www.tenthavenuenorth.com. Krystal Meyers will host a three hour block on Top 40 station KVUU out of Denver, CO this Sunday. KVUU's "Kiwi Radio" is a...
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*Thursday, November 13th, 2008*

Kari Jobe, who makes her Integrity Music label debut early next year, will lead worship tonight on Daystar Television as part of the live presentation of Dallas’ Christ For the Nations’ Worship Conference. The worship event will be broadcast live at 8 p.m. CT. Check www.daystar.com for cable channel listing near you. Daystar is also available on Dish Network Ch. 263 and DirectTV Ch. 369 and via live streaming online...
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Red
GRAMMY-nominated modern rock band RED made R&R history this week as its first radio single “Fight Inside” from its sophomore album, Innocence & Instinct debuted at No. 1 on the R&R Christian Rock chart. Never, in the history of the magazine and the chart, has anyone accomplished this incredible feat. “Christian Radio has been such a backbone for our band,” comments Jasen Rauch, Red’s guitarist and primary songwriter. “We are so overwhelmed by the support they continue...
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Warner Bros. Records (WBR) announced Monday that renowned record producer and music publishing executive Mark Bright has been named President and CEO of Word Entertainment. As President and CEO, Bright will oversee Word Entertainment's entire operation, including the label group, publishing, distribution, and church resource divisions. Reporting to WBR Chairman and CEO Tom Whalley, Bright will be based in Word Entertainment's Nashville, TN, headquarters. Bright succeeds Word's CEO Jim Van Hook, who has decided to retire after more than 30 successful years in the faith-based music industry...
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From the abyss of the Impending Doom camp comes news of their brand new album. Today, the band reveals that they will title their new release The Serpent Servant. This sophomore release will be available on March 31st through Facedown Records. The band is currently writing and will be recording in later this month through December with Tim Lambesis and Daniel Castleman (As I Lay Dying, War Of Ages, Winds Of...
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Maranatha! Music has updated the current format of its best-selling, popular “green,” “red,” “beige” and “purple” Praise Chorus Classic Series songbooks to be available for the first time ever on CD-ROM, on sale Nov. 18. This CD-ROM set is packed with an updated and expanded collection of over 400 worship songs. The songs are compiled from the original printed books that are no longer in print and available, the extensive CCLI (Christian Copyright International) chart and Maranatha! Music catalog...
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*Wednesday, November 12th, 2008*

Underoath
Jonathan Stewart, an aspiring musician, was granted a wish of a lifetime on Monday, November 10 with the cooperation of the Make-A-Wish Foundation® and Tooth & Nail Records. Stewart's wish included spending time with the rock niche label Tooth & Nail Records and attending UNDERØATH's sold-out concert at Seattle's Showbox as a VIP guest. Stewart was referred to the Make-A-Wish Foundation® for a wish as he dealt with osteosarcoma, a malignant form of bone...
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Needtobreathe
The poor guys in NEEDTOBREATHE had a misadventure with their trailer the other night. Below is bassist Seth Bolt's account of the trailer mishap... "We leave Charleston and from exhaustion I go to sleep in my bunk, expecting to wake up close to Des Moines, IA. Well I woke up feeling the bus backing up and hearing trucks still passing on the side of the road. Fearing the worst but hoping for the best I climbed out of my bunk...
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In its seventh week, 33,246 copies of Robert Pierre’s sophomore record Identity have been given away for the benefit of Family Christian Stores’ The James Fund. With a $10 donation through the Barnabus Bear program to the organization, shoppers are receiving Identity before it is released to all stores nationwide in Feb. 2009. “I am so pumped to work alongside Family Christian and the James Fund,” says Pierre. “It’s been my privilege to be...
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The first annual D6 Conference is set to champion a movement of parents connecting with their kids spiritually in order to transfer their faith and life values. Church leaders and parents who attend The D6 Conference 2009 will be challenged to take a different look at the way they minister to children, students and families in the church in light of the message of Deuteronomy 6:5-7. The D6 Conference 2009 will be held Wednesday, September 23 through Friday, September 25, 2009...
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Red
GRAMMY-nominated modern rock band RED is preparing to release its second CD, INNOCENCE & INSTINCT, on February 10, 2009, via Essential Records. The disc features 10 songs, including its first single “Fight Inside.” The band will simultaneously release a Deluxe Edition of INNOCENCE & INSTINCT featuring four bonus tracks, the “Death of Me” music video, a “making of” documentary and more. The Nashville-based group is currently touring the U.S. with Puddle Of Mudd--with a November 16 show at Highline Ballroom...
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Michael W. Smith
Two GRAMMY® award-winning and multi-Platinum selling artists, Steven Curtis Chapman and Michael W. Smith joined forces for the “The United Tour” which concluded in St. Augustine, Fl. on November 8. Smith and Chapman performed together in 20 major markets with 14 completely sold out shows and a cumulative audience of more than 50,000. In addition to uniting on stage, the two also brought their ministry passions together. Through a ground breaking partnership between Chapman’s ministry dedicated to orphan care, Shaohannah’s Hope...
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Michael Gungor Band
The critically-acclaimed Michael Gungor Band’s new single, “Ancient Skies,” is an out-of-the-box hit with Christian radio, with 20 stations adding the song to their playlist in the first two weeks. The song is the title track of the band’s Brash Music debut, which recently released to rave reviews from fans and critics alike. Stations adding the song include Minneapolis’ KTIS, where program manager Jason Sharp enthusiastically commented...
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*Tuesday, November 11th, 2008*

SCC
A few days ago Steven Curtis Chapman had the opportunity to visit the Bethesda Naval Medical Center, a guest of the President’s physician. It’s become a given on Steven’s schedule over the last 8 years plus. If he has a tour date in the DC area, you’ll find him spending the morning and afternoon at Bethesda. He’s been fortunate to have the chance to meet brave men and women military service personnel there, both the wounded and the medical staff. Two Fridays ago Steven met Corpsman Thomas McBride...
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Music industry veterans Keith and Diana Stancil announce the launch of Artist Garden Entertainment, an artist management and marketing firm. With a combined 35 years experience, the two will focus their efforts on managing and developing artists, while additionally offering clients marketing solutions that achieve sales goals and foster growth. The company’s marketing services will include consulting on marketing plan design and implementation, digital...
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Sweet Life, the highly anticipated follow-up to Avion Blackman's award-winning debut album, will be released by Lion of Zion Entertainment and Infinity Music Distribution on Thanksgiving Weekend 2008. A staple member of the group Christafari (recognized as one of the Top 10 Reggae Artists in the World by Billboard Magazine), Blackman pays tribute to her Caribbean heritage this time around with a breezy blend of organic roots reggae with echoes of folk, worship, World, soca, R&B and neo-soul...
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Jason Gray
One of Christian music’s premiere singer/songwriters, Jason Gray, has released a new CD, Acoustic Storytime. The project features fifteen songs performed acoustically that were recorded live onstage in Minnesota and California or in the studio. Interspersed between the songs are Gray’s heartfelt stories and winning sense of humor that have had such an impact on audiences nationwide. Acoustic Storytime is available at his live shows, Jason’s online store, www.centricitymusic.com or on iTunes. “Jason’s fans have been asking for a more intimate project of his new music, so we decided to give them...
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Maylene And The Sons Of Disaster
As the band's Fall tour concludes, Maylene & The Sons of Disaster have updated the fans on the latest from the band, including announcing ther start date for tracking their new, aptly titled album, III... "Hey guys it has been a while since we have posted anything. Well lets start from the beginning! From the famous words of Mitch thats a good place to start!! We have only a few days left on our fall tour and it has been a blast. All the...
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downhere
Centricity Music will sponsor its debut tour in support of their highly popular Christmas project, Bethlehem Skyline. The nine city tour will launch on December 3rd in St. Louis, Missouri and will end on December 14th in Waukesha, Wisconsin. Centricity artists to be featured on the tour include; Downhere, Jason Gray, Lanae’ Hale, Jaime Jamgochian, and Daniel Kirkley. The concert will offer a fresh blend of Christmas classics and original compositions for an intimate evening celebrating Christ’s birth...
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Finding The Quiet, Jason Truby's third solo instrumental album since stepping away as guitarist and songwriter for the multi-platinum band P.O.D., is due out Nov. 25th. This will be an exclusive online release available only at iTunes and JasonTruby.com. "Finding The Quiet is a collection of tunes I'd written over the past couple years for acoustic guitar that evolved through a personal process of decompression, a type of aid, as we attempt to turn...
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*Monday, November 10th, 2008*

POD
Some mainstream news sites have reported that P.O.D. has decided to go on hiatus. Oddly enough, the band themselves have not made this announcement. According to OfficialFilter.com, the band's recent tour co-headliners made the following announcement last Thursday... "We regret to announce that the P.O.D / Filter European tour scheduled for January / February 2009 has been cancelled as P.O.D. are unable to fulfill their touring obligations...
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Flynn Adam
In keeping with their boutique approach to finding and nurturing musical talent, Gotee Records has signed a deal with Flynn Adam, with his first two singles “Such a Time” and “Just Don’t Get It” being given the finishing touches for a January 27th, 2008 release via ITunes. A music video for “Such a Time” and remix version of the song will also accompany the singles for the New Year launch. The Flynn Adam songs will be marketed by Gotee Records in an A/B side single format with the music...
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*Friday, November 7th, 2008*

RSJ
Rebecca St. James has begun filming a role in an upcoming film. Her people reported this today... "Fresh from California is this photo of Rebecca with the production crew of the exciting new film she's beginning work on this month – To The Wall. Her filming will take place during the next two weeks—we'll have all “sneak preview details” on the storyline, Rebecca's role, etc...
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Matt Maher
Singer/Songwriter/Worship Leader Matt Maher, was the guest on last week’s syndicated radio program “The Heart Of Worship”. The Sunday morning radio show airs on over 90 stations across the U.S., Canada and the Caribbean. “The Heart Of Worship” is hosted by Don Buettner, Program Director for Star 88.3/WLAB out of Fort Wayne, IN. In the two-hour show, Matt shared his heart behind the radio singles “Your Grace Is Enough” and “As It Is In Heaven”. The show also airs “Great Things” and “For Your Glory”, both from Matt’s Empty & Beautiful album...
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iShine Live, the new, tween (commonly defined as kids ages 8-14) focused tour, has received an overwhelming response from people worldwide after recent coverage on The 700 Club, American Family Radio and on Christianity Today online. With a flood of messages sent to their website www.ishinelive.com alone, families are connecting with the faith-based tween tour and its message of finding an identity in Christ. In addition, many have reached out to bring iShine Live...
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*Thursday, November 6th, 2008*

Sara Groves
This September and October, critically-acclaimed singer-songwriter Sara Groves gathered a group of fellow-acclaimed artists and friends Brandon Heath, Derek Webb, Sandra McCracken and author/artist Charlie Peacock, to join her on the ART*MUSIC*JUSTICE tour which benefited both the International Justice Mission (IJM) and Food For the Hungry (FH). The tour was such a success on so many levels that plans are already underway to put together a follow-up tour in the fall of 2009...
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House Of Heroes
On the Halloween date of Relient K's Uncle Fest Tour, House Of Heroes celebrated in style, dressing up as none other than the front man of the night's headliner. Yes, all four HOH boys donned big wigs and posed as Relient K's Matt Thiessen... and there's video evidence! Below is their account in their own words. Also, be sure to watch the video as they perform their cover of The Beatle's "Obladi Oblada"... "For those of you who don't live in Cleveland, OH, on Halloween night, we all decided to dress up as our favorite...
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Disciple
Disciple’s Southern Hospitality landed in the No. 7 position on the Christian soundscan charts and the No. 98 spot on the Billboard Top 200 after its Oct. 21 release its first week out the door. On top of scans, the band’s newest rock single “3,2,1,” is currently at No. 12 moving towards the top ten on the R&R Rock chart with their CHR single "Whatever Reason" recently going for adds. CHR stations and networks such as Air-1, Yes-FM, WAY-FM in Denver, KLFF and many others are also spinning the song...
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pureNRG
The first-ever Dunkin’ Donuts Family Fun Run and Walk-a-thon in Nashville, Tenn. took place on Saturday to benefit the T.J. Martell Foundation. More than 400 people attended, including Mayor Karl Dean who was honored for his Healthy Nashville initiative and kicked off the day of fitness, fun, and food. Hosted by Frank Wycheck and local Christian pop group, pureNRG, the run and walk-a-thon benefited the T.J. Martell Foundation’s mission of supporting innovative cancer research...
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*Wednesday, November 5th, 2008*

Matt Maher
Singer/songwriter/worship leader Matt Maher can add two prestigious awards to his list of accomplishments for 2008. After the April release of his debut album, Empty & Beautiful his song “Your Grace Is Enough” quickly rose in popularity on radio charts. Last weekend, Maher was honored with two Christian music awards at two separate ceremonies: “Praise and Worship Album of the Year” and “Artist of the Year.” Maher received the “Praise and Worship Album of the Year” for Empty & Beautiful at the Covenant Award...
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Julian Drive
New Inpop Records band Julian Drive readies for the release of its national label debut, My Coming Day. The album will be among Inpop Records first releases of the year, dropping January 27, 2009. Originally intended as an independent project, producer Lynn Nichols (Switchfoot, Phil Keaggy) encouraged the band to think big for My Coming Day. “Julian Drive’s music represents the heartland of America in style, and the heart of God in spirit,” says Nichols. “It deserves a national platform, and I am excited to...
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Michael W. Smith
Michael W. Smith’s 21st album A New Hallelujah (10/28) debuted at No.1 on the Nielsen SoundScan Christian Albums Chart with more than 23,000 in first week sales. On March 17, 2009, Smith will unveil an accompanying DVD of the moving worship event. The album, recorded live in Houston on June 20 before an audience of more than 12,000, is receiving incredible reviews by media outlets such as Billboard Magazine who says, “The veteran artist raised the bar yet again with...
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Rush Of Fools
Midas Records’ premiere Christian Progressive-Worship band, Rush of Fools, is once again heating up the airwaves on Christian radio with their latest single, “Lose It All.” The song enters its second week as the #1 Most Added at Radio & Records CHR chart and such stations as WONU/Chicago and KXWA/Denver are adding the tune. The network Program Director from WAY-FM, Tate Luck, adds, "This song had me by the first chorus. I believe that it will resonate with Amy, Jen, or whoever your lady is." The single was co-written by two members of the group; lead vocalist Wes Willis, guitarist and keyboards, Kevin Huguley, and one of their co-producers...
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Haste The Day
With the recent release of their brand new album Dreamer, Haste The Day is back on the road promoting the record. Today, the band made this announcement about their "12 Days of Christmas Part 2" tour... "Hey Everyone! We have been going CRAZY on the road! The shows have been so much fun, you all have been so awesome out there! Thanks for making this tour so much fun for us! Australia! We will be there in TWO WEEKS!!!! I you haven't gotten your tickets yet, please do...
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Big Idea
Good things come to those who wait! VeggieTales®: Abe and the Amazing Promise, the exciting new Bible-story-based adventure from Big Idea, Inc., an Entertainment Rights group company, releases on DVD February 7, 2009. The DVD launches amidst a comprehensive multi-product VeggieTales “Values To Grow By” marketing campaign. Abe and the Amazing Promise is a Veggie-spun Bible classic that tells the story of Abraham and Sarah and their wait for a promised child. Featuring a lesson in patience, the DVD showcases nationally syndicated radio host “Delilah...
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*Tuesday, November 4th, 2008*

Article One
Inpop Records artist Article One walked away a winner from this year’s Covenant Awards held Friday, October 24. The band nabbed a win in the category of Pop/Contemporary Album of The Year for its May 2008 sophomore release, Colors & Sounds. Additionally nominated in the category of Pop/Contemporary Song of The Year, Article One was extremely pleased with its victory...
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Newsboys
Tucson based Family Life Radio and Nashville based Global Tribe have joined forces, along with more than twenty Tucson area churches to present REACH, a free concert event featuring Internationally renown pop/rock group newsboys. REACH in Tucson is the inaugural live event from Global Tribe. The extensive network of ministry partners, including more than twenty area churches, Gospel Rescue Mission, Teen Challenge, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Chaplains from Davis-Monthan Air force Base, Good News...
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toby
Multi Grammy and Dove winner and GMA's Artist of the Year, tobyMac whose critically acclaimed album Portable Sounds is his best-selling solo project to-date, will once again live up to the definition of "diversity" as the Winter Wonder Slam Tour announces details of his highly anticipated 2008 line-up of artists and markets. Talent set to perform this year includes a litany of hot artists including Relient K, Family Force 5 and new Gotee Records act B. Reith. Total Axxess Radio is once again this year joining forces with TobyMac for the November 11th to December 14th...
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The Myriad
Randy Miller, the drummer for The Myriad, had a tumor removed from his upper torso on Friday. It appears that the tumor is cancerous, which will mean a lot of medical bills in the near future. Like many musicians, Randy doesn’t have medical insurance. So he, as well as his wife and children, need our support! You can make a tax-deductible donation online at www.thestirring.org...
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Best known for his songwriting collaborations with Caedmon's Call and Andrew Peterson, Randall Goodgame is slated to release Bluebird, his first solo EP in four years, on November 4th. The album will be available on iTunes, Amazon MP3, and www.randallgoodgame.com. Produced by Quinlan (Rebecca St. James, Benjamin Gate), Goodgame has changed things up a bit for Bluebird and returned to the instrument he grew up on - the piano. "The songs I'm writing," says Goodgame, "are what happens when I'm...
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*Monday, November 3rd, 2008*

Starfield
Sparrow recording artist Starfield was the top winner at this year’s Covenant Awards held Friday, October 24. Taking home six trophies, the band won in every category for which it was nominated. Starfield nabbed wins for “Group of the Year,” “Artist of the Year,” “Album of the Year” (I Will Go), “Praise & Worship Song of the Year” (“Reign In Us”), “Modern Worship Album of the Year” (I Will Go), and “Recorded Song of the Year” (“Hosanna”). This year’s awards marked...
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