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November, 2011
*Wednesday, November 30, 2011*

TFK
Fans of Thousand Foot Krutch most likely already know about the band's anticipated 2012 new studio album, The End Is Where We Begin, but what they might not know is that TFK will be releasing the record completely on their own for the first time in over ten years. To help finance the completed record and the production of new CD pressings and shirts and such, the band has launched a Kickstarter campagin in support. They have until the end of the year to raise $40,000, but are already close to breaking that goal as this report goes to print...
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Kari Jobe
One of the best-selling artists in Christian music since her self-titled debut album released in 2009, Kari Jobe returns with Where I Find You Jan. 24, 2012. This will be Jobe's first album with Sparrow Records, a division of EMI CMG Label Group, which will distribute the album from the two-time Dove Award winning, Gateway Church (Southlake, TX) worship leader into worldwide markets...
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Abandon Kansas
Abandon Kansas and Gotee records are proud to release the Ad Astra Per Remix EP which includes three songs from the bands last album remixed with a whole new feel and energy. The song Like It or Not is the winning fan remix chosen by the fans in a contest launched last month. The EP will be available free of charge as an early holiday gift to all from Abandon Kansas. Get it today at freeabandonkansas.com...
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Plumb
While Plumb is busy preparing her 2012 release Faster Than A Bullet she has still found time to not only record 2 Christmas songs - she's giving them away in The FAN-Tastic Christmas Giveaway. Fans who "like" the Plumb Facebook page are able to download the two songs free by clicking the "FAN-Tastic Christmas" link on the page. Once they have the songs, fans can also enter the giveaway by spreading the word about the music with simple challenges...
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Switchfoot
GRAMMY-winning rock band SWITCHFOOT is pictured above playing their new hit single, "Dark Horses," on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" last night. The song is currently No. 6 on the Modern Rock chart, and is featured on the band's Vice Verses, which debuted at No. 8 on the Billboard 200. Check out video of the performance at: http://bcove.me/btw23xf7...
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The Great Transparency (Razzbarry) is ready to begin another busy month this December beginning with their three week-long tour with their good friends Please Promise of Kalamazoo, Michigan. November included a two week tour in Southern Florida, a music video shoot, their second radio release entitled "Chaos Parade" off of their new EP, and of course some time home for Thanksgiving. With November behind them, The Great Transparency is ready to begin yet another eventful month...
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*Tuesday, November 29, 2011*

Switchfoot
GRAMMY-winning rock band SWITCHFOOT will perform their new hit single, "Dark Horses," on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" tonight. The song, which is from the group's new album, Vice Verses (Atlantic Records), is currently No. 6 on the Modern Rock chart. Fresh off a successful European run that included stops in the UK, Holland, Germany, Austria and Switzerland and sold-out shows in London, Birmingham, Amsterdam, and Mannheim, SWITCHFOOT will resume their North American tour this Wednesday, November 30...
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Needtobreathe
Following a triumphant performance on The Late Show with David Letterman, NEEDTOBREATHE will perform their Top 20 single "Drive All night" on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson this Wednesday, November 30th. Watch the band perform on The Late Show with David Letterman here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0zzOQmdkSVQ. Tickets for the bands massive 2012 headlining tour, dubbed "The Reckoning Tour," are now available...
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Owl City
Owl City is about to give the world an All Access pass into one of his headlining shows from the All Things Bright and Beautiful World Tour with the release of Owl City - Live from Los Angeles DVD. This DVD will feature over 90 minutes of live performance, behind the scenes footage, exclusive interviews and more. Filmed at LA's Club Nokia this past July, the full 21 track concert will be released on iTunes only on December 6th in North America with the preorder launching on November 29th...
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The Afters
No strangers to television exposure, The Afters' latest songs from their album Light Up the Sky have received placement on a slew of TV promotions including NBC's popular "The Biggest Loser" and ABC's new philanthropic "You Deserve It". "Light Up the Sky" will be played in the Dec. 6 finale of NBC's mega hit "The Biggest Loser." ABC's new show "You Deserve It" has also been supportive of The Afters' music using...
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House Of Heroes
House of Heroes is no stranger to Christmas music having already released their 3-song EP The Christmas Classics in 2009 as well as a music video for their version of the classic "O Come, O Come Emmanuel". This year the band is releasing their take on the Jackson Browne song "The Rebel Jesus," out today on Gotee Records. "We all fell in love with Jackson Browne's "The Rebel Jesus" a few years ago and have been wanting to cover it for a while. This year was the perfect opportunity...
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Point Of Grace
Not everyone will be home for the holidays and that's why multi-platinum selling trio, Point of Grace (Shelley Breen, Leigh Cappillino, Denise Jones) is partnering with American Bible Society on their Christmas tour, "Home for the Holidays" Tour presented by A Soldier's Hope. The tour which will honor and help raise support for American military personnel who are not able to spend the holidays with their loved ones. Select dates will include appearances by Dove Award winning group...
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*Monday, November 28, 2011*

FiF
It's been over a week now since Five Iron Frenzy announced their 2013 new album release and possible 2012 live performances. Their original Kickstarter fundraising project had the goal of $30,000 but, as of this post, the band has raised over $120,000! To celebrate, the gang has announced a new Kickstarter pledge perk -- a special intimate concert limited to 500 total people that will cost $200 a pop (which includes one guest with each ticket pledge). Below are the details the band announced this afternoon...
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Mary Mary
My Block/Columbia Records recording artists Mary Mary took home the award for Best Gospel Performance at the 2011 Soul Train Awards. The duo gave a riveting performance of the classic "Midnight Train to Georgia" during the show's all star tribute to Legend Award recipient, Gladys Knight. In addition to Mary Mary, artists such as Kenny Lattimore, Freddy Jackson, Dave Hollister, Chrisette Michele, Tamar Braxton, Marsha Ambrosius, and Natalie Cole joined in the tribute singing some of Knight's greatest hits in honor of her. The Soul Train Awards aired on both Centric and BET last night, November 27, 2011...
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*Wednesday, November 23, 2011*

Guardian
Christian rock legends Guardian are getting ready to share new music with fans once again. The band recently recorded three brand new songs for a new EP, titled Three To Get Ready, and plan to record more in 2012. Frontman Jamie Rowe posted the following official band statement today at JamieRowe.com... "Hi friends! We finally reassembled in the House of Guardian (AKA Jamey Perrenot’s home studio) to cut three new tracks in preparation for our 2011 Latin American tour. We have been kicking around music ideas with each other over the last year and we knew it was prime time to record a few of them...
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Charlotte, NC worship band, Elevation Worship releases its national debut album, For the Honor, on Essential Worship this week. The project, available in a digital deluxe version (featuring three bonus songs, five music videos, a For the Honor documentary, chord charts for all songs and more) and a standard edition, is available this week in retail stores nationwide and at iTunes. Since its release For the Honor has reached both No. 1 (Deluxe) and No. 3 (Standard) on the iTunes Christian Chart, indicating its impressive impact on consumers...
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*Tuesday, November 22, 2011*

FiF
The wait is over. For months, there was a teaser that the "dead ska band" Five Iron Frenzy had news to report today, November 22. The news was just announced minutes ago that the band has plans for a new album, but need YOUR help. Read on (Below post is from http://5ironfrenzy.tumblr.com/)... "A Note from FIF: We can’t believe it has actually been 8 years ago today that we rocked out with you at the Fillmore in Denver, on a snowy evening as we celebrated our last show. Now, all these years (and marriages and kids) later we feel the desire to write new material and make a record...
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SCC
Mary Beth and Steven Curtis Chapman have much to be grateful for on this Thanksgiving. They are proud new grandparents! Join us in congratulating their daughter Emily and her husband Tanner on the arrival of the beautiful Eiley Eliza Richards. The bragger book has started all the way from Ireland where the "world's youngest grandparents" traveled to be for the birth. Steven heads out on the Christmas time multi-artist tour in December in support of The Story album. Steven will be performing with the Newsboys, Francesca Battistelli...
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Praise Hymn Soundtracks, a division of Provident Label Group, continues to pioneer the delivery of digital soundtracks with a new mobile phone application for Android and iOS devices, the first of its kind. Furthermore, PraiseHymn.com, the online store of Praise Hymn Soundtracks, was recently named among Worship Leader Magazine's 2011 "Best of the Best." The Praise Hymn Soundtracks App is a first for this premier provider of Christian music accompaniment tracks...
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Internationally acclaimed Rend Collective Experiment releases its sophomore album, Homemade Worship By Handmade People, Jan. 10 on Kingsway with global distribution. The album was recorded and produced by Rend Collective in Irish church halls and homes in the band's organic, collective style. The new album fuses a depth of sung theology and fresh melodies that reflect themes of redemption, devotion and celebration with soundscapes that span from Arcade Fire and Mumford & Sons to Fleet Foxes and Snow Patrol...
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Aaron Shust
Aaron Shust had a busy schedule last week with a trip to Colorado Springs to perform at Focus On The Family's Thanksgiving Chapel. It was a powerful 25-minute performance that included his current hit single, "My Hope Is In You." After the Chapel, Shust headed to the KBIQ studio to do a live on-air interview with afternoon drive personality, Jack Hamilton. "My Hope Is In You" is a major hit for Shust with the song remaining #1 on the AC Monitored chart for five weeks...
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*Monday, November 21, 2011*

Michael W. Smith
GRAMMY® award-winning and multi-platinum selling artist Michael W. Smith is preparing to launch his highly-anticipated holiday event, It's A Wonderful Christmas: The Symphony Tour. Featuring a full symphony orchestra each night, the tour will also introduce audiences to the infectious musical stylings of L'Angelus (Lawn-Jay-Loose), an incredible four-piece family band with Louisiana roots and Americana influences. This seasonal crowd favorite concert series kicks off Nov. 26, in Toledo, Ohio, and will span 13 performances in eight major markets including Dallas, Houston, St. Louis, Jacksonville and more...
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Matthew West
GRAMMY (R) nominated singer/songwriter Matthew West will appear on FOX & Friends tomorrow morning, November 22 in support of his latest projects including The Heart of Christmas album and movie. FOX & Friends airs weekdays at 6am E.T. on FOX News Channel, and West's interview will air live at approximately 7:30am E.T. West will also make a string of other media appearances while in the Big Apple, including performances on ABC News Now, FOX & Friends' "After the Show" Show, Fox News Radio and Guideposts.org...
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Mary Mary
Talk about a sister act! As the popular three-time Grammy® award-winning Gospel duo, Mary Mary, Erica and Tina Campbell are busy career women touring the country, promoting their sixth album, "Something Big" and walking Hollywood red carpets. More than that, they're sisters and mothers who strive to balance hectic careers with growing families. Now, WE tv has greenlit a brand-new original series, tentatively titled MARY MARY, that follows the sisters in their daily lives as they work to do it all...
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Chris August
Multi-talented and reigning Dove Award "Artist of the Year" and "Male Vocalist of the Year," Chris August is adding holiday cheer to his hit debut album, No Far Away. Beginning today, November 21, a special Christmas edition of the Dove Award winning album will be available for purchase at all digital retailers. The album will include two new, original Christmas tracks, "Come Now Our King" and "Jesus, Savior," both penned by August...
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Bethel Music releases its all-new, full-length recording, The Loft Sessions, Jan. 24, 2012 as a special CD/DVD Digipak combo with global distribution through Kingsway. Recorded live in a refurbished rustic loft, the Bethel Music team gathered friends and family for several nights of worship that set the stage for this ground-breaking recording. The Loft Sessions explores new territory for Bethel Music, merging an array of acoustic creativity with the modern melodies of original songs by Brian and Jenn Johnson, Jeremy Riddle and emerging artists Steffany Frizzell, Hunter Thompson and Matt Stinton...
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The Royal Royal, two brothers Nathan and Gabriel, introduce an iTunes exclusive EP today, Praise Him, featuring the title track in addition to an acoustic version, video and chord charts. Get the digital EP today here...
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Nashville songstress Erica Lane returns this month with a new EP, A Merry Little Christmas, released November 8th. Produced by GRAMMY® and Dove Award winner Bryan Lenox (Michael W. Smith, The Katinas, Enrique Iglesias), the 6-song EP features a collection of holiday standards as well as the self-penned tear-jerking radio single, "Angels in the Show," which originally appeared on the soundtrack for the 2010 feature film, A Christmas Snow...
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*Sunday, November 20, 2011*

Casting Crowns
Platinum-selling, five-time Gospel Music Association Group of the Year, Casting Crowns adds another honor to its list of accolades with a 2011 American Music Award. The band won for "Favorite Artist" in the Contemporary Inspirational category, announced tonight during a live broadcast of the 39th annual AMAs on ABC. Casting Crowns' second win, from six career AMA nominations...
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*Friday, November 18, 2011*

Big Daddy Weave
Dove Award winning group for "Christmas Albumt of the Year," Big Daddy Weave is bringing on the Holiday cheer with their first Christmas tour. The "Christ is Come" Christmas Tour, presented by World Vision will kick off in Elkhart, IN on December 8 and will include soulful new artist Dara Maclean. Tour details and ticket information are available now at www.BigDaddyWeave.com. "We were guests on a Christmas tour two years ago and experienced an excitement and feeling that was different than playing at other times of the year...
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On Friday, November 11, 2011, Worship Artist David M. Edwards hosted an evening of worship, the conclusion of Regent University's Global Day of Worship. After the university spent the week focusing on a unified, global worship movement, Edwards, with Regent's praise team, local churches, and worship and recording artists from across the country and around the globe joined together for 24 hours of continuous worship culminating in an inspiring worship service that evening...
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*Thursday, November 17, 2011*

MxPx
In support of the 15-Year Anniversary of the release of their third album, Life In General, MxPx has teamed up with Stickam.com to bring their fans to one online location on Saturday, November 19 for an acoustic performance by the band's frontman and bassist, Mike Herrera. The live set will provide fans the chance to reminisce with Herrera as he sings a handful of tracks off the album in addition to hosting an open Q&A after the live set for all fans to take part in. Fans can log onto www.stickam.com/mxpx, starting Saturday, November 19 at 5:30 pm PST/8:30 pm EST, with the live set kicking off at 6 pm PST/9 pm EST...
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Matthew West
GRAMMY ® recognized artists Matthew West and Mandisa will ring in the holiday season with a special evening of Christmas music as part of "The Heart of Christmas Tour." The shows will hit around 12 markets in the month of December, a full list of events are listed below. The evening of music will include Christmas songs from both artists, including a duet of "Christmas Makes Me Cry," found on both of their holiday projects...
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Francesca Battistelli
Multi-award winning and GRAMMY nominated artist, Francesca Battistelli, will make the world premiere video debut of her multi-week No. 1 hit, "This is the Stuff" on USAToday.com tomorrow, Nov. 18. The fun, animated video brings to life Francesca's smash hit single about taking life's little frustrations in stride. Fans can catch a 30-second preview of the anticipated new video today at www.FrancescaMusic.com...
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Yesterday on his popular talk radio show, host Glenn Beck featured Entertainment One recording artist Echoing Angels' song "Say What You Believe." On air, Beck shared with his listeners, "The whole spirit of this song is 'Look, there's great things...sometimes I just get so frustrated, I get so crazy, but there is goodness, there is a hope inside, there's truth here, but we've gotta stand up together and say what we believe and shout it out loud and don't be fearful'...
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Gideon has just announced their first tour of the new year will be with Sovereign Strength, As Hell Retreats, and King Conquer. Gideo will be supporting their current and debut Facedown album Costs...
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Chris Tomlin
"How Great Is Our God" continues to be the No. 1 song sung in churches around the world, and in turn, is the fastest rising modern day hymn in CCLI chart history. This week, Chris Tomlin, the voice behind the popular church anthem, released How Great Is Our God: The Essential Collection in honor of the song's global impact. The album continues to prove how this acclaimed artist is leading future generations in a new direction of worship. The 15-track album (track listing below) features seven No. 1 hits...
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*Wednesday, November 16, 2011*

Needtobreathe
Having spent the last six-months on the road as Taylor Swift's main support act, NEEDTOBREATHE will head out on a massive headlining tour beginning February 15th in Houston, TX. "The Reckoning Tour," a 10-week run that includes a two-night stand at Nashville's storied Ryman Auditorium, will see the Charleston, SC rock band performing songs from their acclaimed new album, The Reckoning. On Monday November 21st, NEEDTOBREATHE will perform their song Drive All Night on The Late Show with David Letterman...
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Matt Kearney
Mat Kearney is thrilled to announce the second leg of his US headlining tour in support of his critically acclaimed new album Young Love (Universal Republic). The news comes as Mat wraps up the first leg of a very successful headlining tour that launched the second week in September and included sold out nights at NYC's Webster Hall, sold out show at the House of Blues in Boston, two sold out nights at the House of Blues in Chicago and will culminate...
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Newsboys
It's big news for Newsboys! God's Not Dead, their brand new CD, just released yesterday November 15th and is receiving huge accolades from the fans and critics alike. God's Not Dead showcases the best music yet from front man Michael Tait and band mates Jeff Frankenstein (keys), Duncan Phillips (drums), and Jody Davis (guitars), as the project offer...
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Run Kid Run
Yesterday, Run Kid Run released their third studio project, Patterns, on Tooth & Nail Records. In celebration of their release, the band will be hosting a Live chat tonight via Ustream and their Facebook. Run Kid Run will be answering questions as well as playing acoustic songs from the new album starting at 9:30 pm EST/ 8:30 PM CST....
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Hawk Nelson, Wolves At the Gates, I Am Empire, Remedy Drive and Icon for Hire play their first-ever concerts in Germany at the Christmas Rock Night fest near Düsseldorf next month. The annual event will be headlined by Skillet (Dec 2) and Red (Dec 3), with Stellar Kart, House of Heroes and Children 18:3 performing at this 2-day in-door festival, too, which was established back in 1980....
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Popular worship leader, recording artist and producer Brandon Bee recently traveled to Italy as co-organizer of a worship conference at Alpha Omega Church in Rome. Bee also performed a number of concerts at various churches in the Italian cities of Rome and Naples and on the island of Sicily. During the conference, Bee spoke on panels and taught classes throughout the day, including sessions for musicians and songwriters...
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This month, Dream Records has taken another huge step by officially signing on original writer of "Let the River Flow" and "Freedom," Darrell Evans, adding yet another talented individual to their arsenal of extraordinary artists who strive to change the world through their music of the Lord one person at a time. Starting as a teenage worship leader to lead friends to the Lord in Olympia, Wash., Darrell Evans continued to lead worship on into college and then became worship pastor at...
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*Tuesday, November 15, 2011*

Leigh Nash
The dynamic, angelic-voiced lead singer of platinum-selling pop group Sixpence None the Richer, Leigh Nash, releases her first solo album in five years, Hymns & Sacred Songs, today amidst widespread acclaim. The first of three new albums from Nash on Kingsway, these songs are a combination of fresh, newly written hymns alongside songs that have reverberated across generations, giving a voice to the faithful around the world. The timeless lyrics of hymns by Charles Wesley...
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Matthew West
THE HEART OF CHRISTMAS movie inspired by GRAMMY ® nominated singer & songwriter Matthew West’s viral holiday hit, "One Last Christmas," will debut on gmc Sunday, Dec. 4. West’s new holiday album, The Heart of Christmas, is out now and features the title track and theme song for the movie along with the viral hit “One Last Christmas” and appearances by GRAMMY ® winners and nominees Vince Gill, Amy Grant and Mandisa from American Idol. The Heart of Christmas album will be featured in Delilah’s “12 Stockings of Christmas” promotion...
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NewSong
Grammy®-nominated Christian music mainstay NewSong is slated to bring their annual “Very Merry Christmas Tour” to 14 cities next month. A holiday highlight for fans and artists alike, this year’s tour will also feature top rock/worship band Kutless, reigning GMA Male Vocalist of the Year Chris August, and breakout singer/songwriter Jamie Grace. Kicking-off December 1 in Marietta, Georgia, “NewSong’s Very Merry Christmas Tour” will stop in Cincinnati; Charlotte, North Carolina; Beckley, West Virginia; Marion, Illinois...
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Kirk Franklin
BMI will salute gospel leaders Kirk Franklin and Pastor Hezekiah Walker at its 13th annual Trailblazers of Gospel Music Awards Luncheon in Nashville. The event is slated for Friday, January 13, the day before the 27th Annual Stellar Awards, at Rocketown (601 4th Avenue South). Gospel music’s premier songwriters, brightest stars, and leading executives attend the invitation-only event, which is part industry celebration, part awe-inspiring worship service...
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*Monday, November 14, 2011*

iTickets announced today the launch of a "$.95 Self-Serve" ticket program. This option provides a quick, easy and affordable solution for those who wish to handle selling tickets themselves with the option of passing the savings on to the ticket buying customer. The self-serve program relies strictly on purchasing online and issuing print-at-home tickets. iTickets also announced a new plan which adds complete toll free phone center support along with event marketing support for $1.50 per ticket. iTickets is offering comprehensive marketing packages...
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*Saturday, November 12, 2011*

Multi-talented singer/songwriter, Karyn Williams has inked a recording deal with Nashville’s Inpop Records, paving the way for her first full-length album next year. She joins an impressive Inpop roster that includes Newsboys, Mat Kearney, Jaci Velasquez and more. "I'm so excited to join the Inpop family,” said Williams. ”Christian music has had a huge impact on my life and has also played a big part in my walk with the Lord over the years...
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*Friday, November 11, 2011*

Hawaiian native Tiffany Thurston will be releasing a three-song self-titled digital EP on November 22. This EP is a snapshot of what fans can expect from her in a full-length album to be released in 2012. Tiffany Thurston is composed of original songs from Thurston and co-produced by Richie Pena. This renaissance woman has spent the last four years touring with some of the industry’s finest. As the worship leader for the REVOLVE tour since 2007 (Women of Faith’s teen girl conference) and sole...
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*Wednesday, November 9, 2011*

Jamie Grace
The first holiday music from Jamie Grace will debut digitally November 29. Just two months after the release of her successful, first album One Song At A Time, Jamie Grace will include four holiday songs in Christmas Together (e.p.): the original “Christmas Together,” “O Come, O Come Emmanuel,” “The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don’t Be Late)” and “What Child Is This?” The EP finds Jamie Grace working with a mix of talent, under the creative direction of tobyMac, including fellow Gotee Records’ act Abandon Kansas, producer David Garcia...
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Internationally renowned rock musician Zoro transports fame from the stage onto the page in his highly anticipated, just released book The Big Gig: Big-Picture Thinking for Success. This one-of-a-kind insider’s guide to vocational, personal and spiritual aspects of achievement is now available from Alfred Publishers to readers worldwide. The Big Gig is written from the perspective of Zoro’s worldwide career sitting on the drummer’s throne...
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MxPx
Legendary Bremerton, WA punk trio, MxPx will release a music documentary entitled Both Ends Burning, featuring footage from the band's 2008 world tour all the way to the band's sold-out Seattle show in March 2011. In this brutally honest depiction of the band, MxPx finds themselves at a crossroads in their career, struggling to find the balance between full time jobs, and the life of a touring musician. Directed by Bryan Buchelt of Snaproll Studios, the DVD will be available digitally on December 1 through most online retail outlets and the band's website (www.mxpx.com)...
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Gateway Worship’s Great Great God debuted at # 1 on the Soundscan Praise and Worship chart claiming the top album in the nation for the genre. First week sales landed them at #4 on the Christian chart and #55 on the Billboard Top 200 chart. The first single “Great Great God, ” is impacting radio this month, and the CD, released through in:ciite Media and EMI-CMG Distribution, is available in stores and online...
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JoC
GRAMMY Award-winning, Multi-Platinum-selling band Jars of Clay re-joins MercyMe, Matt Maher, Disciple, Group 1 Crew and others on the fall leg of “The Rock & Worship Roadshow” this month. In keeping with tour tradition, Jars of Clay is offering fans an exclusive “Sing & Tell” VIP event prior to each show. Kicking off last Thursday, Nov. 3, in Saginaw, Mich., the tour reconvenes after a successful initial run last spring...
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Daily Audio Bible, the revolutionary Scripture podcast, downloaded over 47 million times, is wrapping up its sixth year as one of the most-listened-to podcasts in the world. With over 1.5 million listens monthly, what started as a personal project with no global intentions has miraculously become one of the world wide web’s biggest success stories. In late 2005, GRAMMY® and Dove Award nominated Christian music producer Brian Hardin (Larry Norman, Manic Drive, Jill Parr) woke up from a dream where he felt he should “podcast the Bible...
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*Tuesday, November 8, 2011*

PFR
This week, we received word from Patrick Andrew, bass player and co-vocalist for pop rock trio PFR, announcing an upcoming performance from the band on November 20th. The show is a special benefit concert for Patrick's little 2-year-old son, Samuel Andrew, who was diagnosed with Chronic Granulomatous Disease (CGD) and is need of special care. To help offset the financial costs of Samuel's recent September bone marrow transplant (the only cure for CGD) and continued treatment, Portico Church and PFR will be hosting a benefit concert and art auction at 7pm on Sunday, November 20th at Cornerstone Church in Chandler, AZ...
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downhere
Centricity Music’s high-profile band, Downhere, won two major categories during the recent GMA Covenant Awards in Canada. The group won Song of the Year ("Let Me Rediscover You") and Pop/ Contemporary Album of the Year ("Two At A Time"). Two At a Time was released in the summer of 2010 and had two new songs plus B-sides and demos in order to satisfy the high demand for new Downhere music between albums. Downhere’s current project, On The Altar Of Love, released in late August and as a result didn’t qualify for this year’s awards...
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Word Entertainment, Warner Music Groups' Christian music division, has been celebrating the storied label’s 60th anniversary of making Christian music this year. This past Wednesday, November 2, Word Entertainment staff and executives threw a special anniversary celebration in Waco, Texas, home of the label’s origin, which was founded by Baylor University graduate, Jarrell McCraken, in 1951. On hand for the celebration included members of the McCracken’s family as well as Waco Mayor, Jim Bush, Chairman of Word Entertainment, Mike Curb, Warner Music Nashville’s President & CEO, John Esposito, Word’s first A&R Director and artist, Kurt Kaiser, Word Entertainment’s President & CEO...
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Eaglemont Entertainment’s Country band, High Valley, won big award categories during the GMA Covenant Awards in Canada. High Valley won five categories that included: Group of the Year, Artist of the Year, Country/Bluegrass Song of the Year (“The Father’s Love”), Country/Bluegrass Album of the Year (High Valley), and Video of the Year (“A Father’s Love”). “I'm so proud of High Valley and the Covenant awards they won recently,” says Jeff Berry, Manager, Eaglemont Entertainment. “They are one of the hardest working artists out there and I'm proud to be...
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*Monday, November 7, 2011*

Deas Vail
Fresh off a national club trek Deas Vail is excited to stay on the road and embark on a trek of November / December dates with Sick of Sarah and Now, Now deemed the Oh Christmas Tour, with their new four track holiday EP For Shepherds & Kings that includes three new studio tracks and a live version of "O Come, O Come Emmanuel," produced by Edison Glass frontman Joshua Silverberg at his Nashville based Red Red Studio, to be released on November 29. The bands new self-titled...
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Today, newly signed Solid State Records act Wolves At The Gate have released their explosive new video for their first single, "Oh The Depths" off their upcoming EP entitled "We Are The Ones". The video, directed by Nathan William Lundquist, is but a taste of what fans can look forward to from the EP, which will be released on November 15th. From that day forward, the band is looking to be on the road as much as possible...
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Big Idea
Big Idea Entertainment, a leading studio and producer of children’s and family programming, characters and brands, announced today they will release VeggieTales®: God Loves You Very Much, on DVD and through digital download December 26, 2011 and January 10, 2012 in Christian and general market stores respectively. VeggieTales: God Loves You Very Much is the follow-up title to the smash-hit VeggieTales DVD, God Made You Special. This release includes nearly...
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*Friday, November 4, 2011*

High Flight Society
Indie rock band High Flight Society is hard at work on a brand new EP, the follow-up to their 2009 release, Par Avion. Below are the details the guys announced yesterday... "Hey guys, just wanted to give everyone the update that the wheels are indeed starting to turn on getting this HFS record out. Our goal is to have it out by Christmas (hopefully the beginning of December) and release a song...
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The sixth new full-length recording from Jesus Culture, Awakening: Live From Chicago, will release on Kingsway Nov. 29, 2011 with EMI CMG Distribution in the US. Recorded live in Chicago’s Allstate Arena at Jesus Culture's Awakening 2011 conference Aug. 3-5, 2011, this double-CD features the Jesus Culture Band, including worship leaders Kim Walker-Smith and Chris Quilala, as well as Jake Hamilton, Kristene DiMarco and Byran and Katie Torwalt. The highly anticipated Awakening: Live From Chicago follows last year’s critically acclaimed and best selling CD/DVD, Come Away...
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*Thursday, November 3, 2011*

SCC
Tonight wraps up the multi-platinum selling and GRAMMY ® award winning artist Steven Curtis Chapman's first "Songs & Stories" tour with friends Andrew Peterson and Josh Wilson. After performing in front of sold out crowds across the country, the Show HOPE sponsored tour continues to be in high demand and as a result Chapman will launch a spring leg of the intimate tour. During this unique writer’s night, Chapman performs songs from his latest album re:creation and more...
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Amy Grant
When the holiday season comes around, music superstars Amy Grant and Vince Gill will embark on their sixth Christmas tour. The Twelve Days Of Christmas – Amy Grant & Vince Gill kicks off Dec. 7 in Baltimore, MD and wraps with 2 shows in Nashville at the Ryman Auditorium. “Christmas audiences are special,” explains Grant. “They tend to involve the whole family, and their emotions are a wonderful mix of anticipation and reverence. It’s a thrilling experience for both of us.” “These holiday tours have become our favorites,” Gill agrees...
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*Wednesday, November 2, 2011*

Family Force 5
On the heels of their newest release, III, FAMILY FORCE 5 announce their third annual “The Christmas Pageant” tour experience beginning December 6 featuring Hawk Nelson and special guest Manafest. Tickets are available for advance purchase as well as exclusive VIP $50 tickets here...
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Audrey Assad
Months before the debut of her anticipated second album, Heart, multiple GMA Dove Award nominee Audrey Assad is releasing her radio single “Sparrow” on iTunes ®. Due out on Valentine's Day, Heart finds Assad once again collaborating with other songwriters and producer Marshall Altman (Brooke Fraser, Natasha Bedingfield, William Fitzsimmons, Marc Broussard)...
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Tenth Avenue North
Check out the new music video for "Deck the Halls" from GRAMMY nominated, Gold-selling artist Tenth Avenue North. The video, written and directed by Tenth Avenue North and Ry Cox, accompanies the "Deck the Halls" single, now at radio. The track is also featured on WOW Christmas (2011), featuring the top 32 Christian artists and holiday songs. For more information on Tenth Avenue North, visit www.tenthavenuenorth.com...
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Abandon
San Antonio-based Abandon released its acclaimed sophomore album, Control, last spring from Forefront Records amidst acclaim and sales that continue 150% ahead of its debut, Searchlights. As momentum continues to build, Abandon’s contemporary sound on the album has gathered three hit radio singles so far, “Feel It In Your Heart,” “Hero” and “SOS,” with a fourth single, “Under Fire,” hitting the Top 25 and climbing on Billboard’s CHR chart with Air1 Radio network...
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*Tuesday, November 1, 2011*

John Mark McMillan
Following today's release of singer-songwriter John Mark McMillan's major label sophomore album Economy, the project hit No. 1 on the iTunes® Christian chart with the exclusive iTunes® Economy “LP” landing in the No. 17 position overall ahead of major mainstream acts such as Toby Keith, Foster The People and Mumford & Sons. Available on Integrity Music and distributed by Provident and RED/Sony, McMillan’s Economy follows his 2010 release The Medicine...
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The City Harmonic
The best-selling new artist of 2011, The City Harmonic, has now been named “New Artist of the Year,” by the Gospel Music Association Canada during the 33rd Annual Covenant Awards ceremony held in Calgary, AB October 28. In addition to “New Artist,” The City Harmonic members garnered awards at the ceremony for “Modern Worship Song of the Year” and “Recorded Song of the Year” for their multi-format hit single, “Manifesto...
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in:ciite Media announced its signing of Rachel Chan today and is set to release Chan’s debut album, Go, January 10, 2012, through its distribution partner EMI Christian Music Distribution. "We are very excited to partner with Rachel on Go and future products,” said Chris Thomason, CEO, in:ciite Media. “She is an amazing talent and has a unique perspective on ministry and the world because of her family...
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Life can be cruel and life can certainly be unforgiving. However, with the help of God, one can overcome even the toughest and excruciating obstacles of life. One moment you are broken and beaten down, crying out for help to mend a shattered soul on the steps of a church. The next, you are helping those, who were in your same exact position, seek God for a glorious and saved life. This was the beginning of Mark Marquez’s steps towards God. Before he was the lead singer of Shake the Nation he was broken and...
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downhere
Marc Martel was honored last night at the MTV O Awards 2 where fans across the country voted him the winner of Best Fan Cover. Martel became a viral sensation when his “Somebody To Love Me” audition for the Queen Extravaganza drew over 4-million hits with his Freddie Mercury style vocals. Even Roger Taylor, drummer for Queen, called Martel, “an extraordinarily good singer who would make a wonderful Freddie,” during a recent Fox News interview. Martel wasn’t able to attend the online ceremony having just...
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