07/09/2013
Derek Webb Says: I Was Wrong, I'm Sorry & I love You On New Album Available September 3

People say one of the hardest things to do is admit when you are wrong. Not so in the case for perennial critic favorite Derek Webb who is using his new studio album, I Was Wrong, I’m Sorry & I Love You, to do just that. Announced last week on RelevantMagazine.com, the long-awaited new project will be available beginning September 3. Included in the reveal, Relevant Magazine also gave readers a sneak peak into the release with a full stream of the album’s title track (garnering over 5000 streams in the first few days). I Was Wrong, I’m Sorry & I Love You marks the 10 year anniversary of Webb’s solo debut (She Must and Shall Go Free) and continues the conversation that began from his first record. In addition to playing almost every instrument on I Was Wrong, I’m Sorry & I Love You, Webb joins a handful of elite artists who wrote, recorded and produced every song on his record.

Derek explains the project: “A lot changes in 10 years. Then again, a lot doesn’t change. I’m so grateful for the fact that I can still sing and agree with every word of the 11 songs on my first album. But as I approached this 10 year anniversary I began to wonder what the album would have looked like if I were writing it today. What was initially nothing more than personal reminiscing and reflection quickly became the coordinates that led me to a new collection of songs – essentially a follow-up to my first album of 10 years ago.”

The result of these reflections is what birthed I Was Wrong, I’m Sorry & I Love You, an album that showcases Webb’s rich, poetic songwriting and critical yet confessional insights into the church culture where he’s made his living for over 20 years. Leading up to the release of the hotly-anticipated 12-track album, Webb is giving away his debut album for free on the music site NoiseTrade. His solo discography of records include: She Must and Shall Go Free, I See Things Upside Down, Mockingbird, The Ringing Bell, Stockholm Syndrome, Feedback and last year’s Ctrl.

Track Listing for I Was Wrong, I’m Sorry & I Love You: 
1. I Was Wrong, I’m Sorry & I Love You
2. Eye of the Hurricane
3. Lover Part 3
4. Closer Than You Think
5. Heavy
6. Everything Will Change
7. I Measure The Days (Simplified Anglicant Chant)
8. A Place At Your Table
9. Nothing But Love
10. The Vow
11. Your Heart Breaks In All The Right Places
12. Thy Will Be Done

About Derek Webb :
Derek Webb started his music career over 20 years ago as a founding member of the Texas-based folk/rock band Caedmon’s Call. After 10 years, Derek left to pursue a solo career that quickly garnered him a reputation for being a provocative singer/songwriter, challenging the political and spiritual status quo. Webb’s innovative ways have received coverage everywhere from Paste Magazine to USA Today and the Los Angeles Times. His record, The Ringing Bell was No. 27 on Paste Magazine’s Top 100 albums of 2007, having received a coveted 5-star review, and Derek was recently named one of Performing Songwriter magazine’s 100 most influential independent artists of the past 15 years. Among his many accolades as a music pioneer, Derek is also the President and co-founder of the popular music site NoiseTrade.

[Get Connected with Derek Webb] 
Website // www.derekwebb.com
Facebook // www.facebook.com/derekwebb 
Twitter // www.twitter.com/derekwebb

06/25/2013
Decyfer Down Fights To Win With August 27th Release Scarecrow

“Fight To Win” is the first single off the record and is available at digital retailers today

It’s been a five-year wait for new music from North Carolina hard rockers Decyfer Down, but it was time well spent. The follow-up to the successful 2008 release CRASH, will floor their long-time fans boasting a tantalizing mix of moody anthems, driving guitars and a heavy sound that is matched by weighty spiritual lyrics. Scarecrow, which releases on August 27, 2013 proves the old adage, “good things come to those who wait.”  Leading the pack to release date is “Fight To Win,” the band’s first single off the record which hits digital retailers today including iTunes and Amazon. Additionally, their song “So In Love” became available last week and can be purchased at digital retailers beginning July 9.

Scarecrow will be the first full studio project since front-man TJ Harris joined the group, just after CRASH was written. It’s clear that Harris, guitarists Brandon Mills and Chris Clonts and drummer Josh Oliver have created an album that hearkens back to Decyfer Down’s 2006 groundbreaking debut, End of Grey. “The way we write songs is based on the things that have inspired our lives the most,” says Josh. Scarecrow proves experience has strengthened the band, as artists and writers.

Helmed by producer Paul Ebersold (Seventh Day Slumber, 3 Doors Down, Third Day), Scarecrow is accessible without being predictable and edgy without being off-putting — a rare album that feels familiar immediately while continuing to surprise with each new listen.

Track Listing for Scarecrow:
1. Memory
2. Westboro
3. Worst Enemy
4. Say Hello
5. Bleeding Lines
6. Fight To Win
7. Scarecrow
8. The River
9. Some Things Never Change
10. So In Love

About Decyfer Down:
GRAMMY-nominated band, Decyfer Down has hit the ground running since their debut. The band has garnered exposure with their track “Fight Like This,” which was heard by millions in a special promo for an Ultimate Fighting Championship title fight. Their song “Break Free” played during some of the most watched sports games of the year and was heard by more than nine million sports fanatics through website and television views. Comfortable alongside mainstream rockers as well as their Christian hard rock counterparts, Decyfer Down offers up radio-ready hard rock that sounds right at home next to bands like Cold, Puddle of Mudd, Thousand Foot Krutch, Skillet and Hawk Nelson. The North Carolina-bred band toured endlessly through the front half of this decade, opening for national bands such as Crossfade, Breaking Benjamin and Theory of a Dead Man. Their new album Scarecrow is the follow-up project from their successful release of CRASH in 2008.

05/30/2013
Shane & Shane Share The Meaning Behind The One You'll Find From Bring Your Nothing

Shane & Shane shares the meaning behind "The One You'll Find" from the duo's May 14 Fair Trade Services release, Bring Your Nothing:

"When I think about 2 Chronicles 16:9, ("For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him"), I want His eyes to land on ME! Don’t You? Can you imagine having a heart that is FULLY COMMITTED to Him? I pray that He releases our hearts to LOVE Him with our WHOLE heart! This song is a prayer that He would do it."

View a video description of the song here:
http://youtu.be/TsO6uAUtvbA

Interested in sampling more songs from Bring Your Nothing?
Check out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bQDnzTfN8OU.

Purchase the album now at: www.smarturl.it/shaneshane

05/20/2013
Mark Schultz Admits I Gave Up In His New Radio Single + Tickets For His Second Cruise Event Are On Sale Now

Platinum selling artist Mark Schultz is a true testament of All Things Possible. The multi-award winner recently wrapped up his “All Things Possible” Tour, visiting over 20 cities and selling out shows all across the country. The tour’s namesake is from Schultz’ latest project, which includes his hit No. 1 title track song. Following up the success of "All Things Possible" is the release of his latest single “I Gave Up.” The song just recently hit radio and is an honest confession of letting go of the trivial things of this world.

In March 2014, Schultz will embark on his second cruise event, “Mark Schultz & Friends – All Things Possible Cruise.” Tickets are selling quickly for the intimate cruise which sets sail on March 30, 2014 to April 6, 2014. The cruise will include special guests including Christian artist Jimmy Needham, acclaimed singer/songwriter Cindy Morgan, leading pastor and speaker Mike Glenn, worship leader Jaime Jamgochian and best selling author Sigmund Brouwer. For more information on the “All Things Possible Cruise” visit the official site here.

About Mark Schultz:
Originally hailing from Colby, KS., Mark Schultz moved to Nashville to pursue his musical ambitions and found inspiration while working as a youth pastor. Schultz booked a show at the city’s famed Ryman Auditorium and with the overwhelming support of friends and family, the show was a sell-out. This virtually unheard-of feat for a new artist landed Schultz a record deal where he went on to sell over 1.3 million albums and garner 10 No. 1 singles to date. Last year, Schultz released his project All Things Possible, which boasts new stories as the multi-award winning artist celebrates becoming a father, making new friends during his year-long stay in Italy with his wife Kate and kicking-off his “Remember Me Mission” to support orphans. All Things Possible includes his No. 1 hit single and album title track. Throughout his career, Schultz has landed the top spot on Billboard magazine’s Christian Adult Contemporary Songwriter list and has been featured on “48 Hours” and “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.” In 2011, Schultz released his first instrumental album, Renaissance and his first novella, titled “Letters From War,” based on the his hit song. His 2005 release, Mark Schultz Live: A Night of Stories & Songs, was certified Platinum by the R.I.A.A. and earned Schultz his first GMA Dove Award.

[Get Connected with Mark Schultz]
Website // www.markschultzmusic.com
Twitter // www.twitter.com/mschultzmusic
Facebook // www.facebook.com/markschultz
iTunes // http://bit.ly/TVJivM

05/06/2013
MercyMe Celebrates Billboard Music Award And K-LOVE Fan Award Nominations

On the heels of wrapping “The Rock & Worship Roadshow” this spring, multi-platinum and award-winning band MercyMe is once again celebrating several nominations for the upcoming Billboard Music Award show and K-LOVE Fan Awards. 

Airing on Sunday, May 19 on ABC (8/7 p.m. CT), the Billboard Music Awards will take place at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, where MercyMe has been nominated in the Top Christian Artist and Top Christian Album (The Hurt & The Healer) categories. 

Subsequently, MercyMe received nominations for Group of the Year and Artist of the Year for the first annual K-LOVE Fan Awards. K-LOVE, the leading Christian radio network with a weekly listenership of over 13 million people, is bringing the first ever fan-voted award show in Christian music history to Nashville. The K-LOVE Fan Awards will be held on Saturday, June 1st at 7:30 p.m. at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium. Starting today through May 31 fans can vote for their favorite nominees at www.klovefanawards.com or on 
www.facebook.com/KLoveFanAwards in categories celebrating artists, athletes, authors and entertainers who, with excellence engage and impact popular culture for Jesus Christ. 

“We are so honored to be recognized for the work we put into this last project, however it cannot go without saying we don't do this alone,” remarked MercyMe’s Mike Scheuchzer. “If we did anything worthy of praise it was due to an incredible team of humble & extremely talented people who surround, encourage & push us to be better. We and those who helped create this record hope it draws the listener further from their hurt & closer to the healer.” 

The project spawning these nominations is the band’s 2012 release, The Hurt & The Healer, which has garnered them two #1 singles so far with its title track spending multiple weeks at #1 on the Billboard Christian AC chart, and “You Are I Am” also hitting #1 at Christian radio, currently holding a Top 5 position. 

MercyMe will be performing at many fairs, festivals and major league baseball games this summer. For more details on the band and their touring schedule, please visit MercyMe.org. 

About MercyMe: 
Since their debut in 2001, Grammy-nominated, American Music Award and multiple GMA Dove Award winners MercyMe have sold over 6 million units in CD and DVD sales, while being one of few Contemporary Christian music groups to have had all of their recordings certified Gold or Platinum, as well as garner 25 No. 1 multi-format Christian radio singles, and four consecutive mainstream radio hits with “I Can Only Imagine,” (No. 4 AC/Top 25 on Top 40/Hot AC), “Here With Me” (No. 4 AC), “Homesick” (Top 10 AC), and “So Long Self.” In 2009, BILLBOARD named MercyMe's "Word Of God Speak" the No. 1 Song of The Decade and the group the #1 Christian Songs Artist of the Decade, with an additional No. 1 as the Christian AC Song Artist of The Decade as one of the industry's most notable talents. MercyMe made history as “I Can Only Imagine” surpassed 1 million digital downloads, making it the first song in Christian music to go platinum in the digital domain. The multi-platinum selling band has sold out venues including Radio City Music Hall and has been seen on The Tonight Show, CNN, Fox New Channel's Fox & Friends, ABC News, CBS' The Early Show, and in the pages of Entertainment Weekly, The New York Times, USA Today, Billboard, and more. 

04/24/2013
Citizen Way Unlocks Infectious Debut Album Love Is The Evidence

Includes current single “Nothing Ever (Could Separate Us)” 
 and their Top 5 hit “Should’ve Been Me”; Band featured on Moody’s nationally syndicated show ‘Midday Connection’ Thursday, April 25

The verdict is in – Love is the Evidence is declared an “infectious pop-rock project” and critics proclaim, “Citizen Way is Spiritually Stirring.” Such adoration only reflects a snippet of the buzz building for this debut project from new act Citizen Way, comprised of two sets of siblings – Ben and Josh Calhoun and Ben and David Blascoe. Love is the Evidence is available today, April 23.

The album was produced by industry veteran Seth Mosley (Hawk Nelson, Audio Adrenaline) and band members Josh and Ben Calhoun wrote or co-wrote every track on the release. Love is the Evidence includes their Top 5 Billboard Christian AC hit, “Should’ve Been Me” as well as their current single, “Nothing Ever (Could Separate Us).” “Nothing Ever (Could Separate Us)” is now impacting radio, earning airplay at K-Love, KLTY/Dallas, KSBJ/Houston, This Fish/Cleveland and Sirius/XM, among others. Among their glowing accolades, “Should’ve Been Me” made an impressive entrance as the highest charting debut single from a new artist released in 2012.

Thursday, April 25, the four-piece band will be the featured guest on Moody Radio’s nationally syndicated show, “Midday Connection” as they join show host Anita Lustrea in the studio to talk and perform songs from the new album. The program airs at Noon CST on MBN. Check your local listings or visit www.middayconnection.org for more information.

Citizen Way encouraged fans to #UnlocktheEvidence this past month with exclusive download tracks and streams through media partners. Fans took to social media to share the music in anticipation for the debut release. Adding to their excitement, praises continue to pour in on Love is the Evidence:

“The opening songs are all among the best songs I’ve heard on any album in the past few years…this is the best new band I’ve heard since Tenth Avenue North.” 
– New Release Tuesday

"[Citizen Way] knows how to deliver a well written, spiritually stirring song. Altogether, here’s evidence that Citizen Way is a band worth watching.” 
– Crosswalk.com

“Rarely does a debut album show so much promise. Citizen Way are modern and relevant sounding, with stunning moments of brilliant inspiration.” 
– Louder Than The Music

“[Citizen Way] have already seen some radio time with ‘Should’ve Been Me,’ but I highly doubt it will be the last we hear of them on radio.” 
– Christian Music Zine

Citizen Way is currently on their first national tour with multi-award winning group Big Daddy Weave and MIKESCHAIR as part of ‘The Redeemed Tour.’

[Get Connected with Citizen Way] 
Website // www.citizenwaymusic.com 
Twitter // www.twitter.com/citizenway 
Facebook // www.facebook.com/citizenway

04/16/2013
Life Is Beautiful For The Afters; Fourth Studio Album Out Today April 16

Band to perform their infectious single “Every Good Thing” on the nationally televised ‘The Better Show’ on April 22

Life is Beautiful even in the midst of a hectic tax week. At least it is for The Afters who release their fourth studio album today, April 16. The chart-topping foursome delivers their much-anticipated release to a sea of high praises after more than two and a half years since their last studio album. The project plays anthem to the heartbreaks and life experiences that lead to the album’s appropriately titled affirmation – Life is Beautiful.

The band kicks-off the release of Life is Beautiful with a week-long media run in New York City with visits to Billboard Magazine, FOX News Radio, Guideposts Magazine, Liberty Treehouse, Sirius FM and Star99.1 FM, among others. In addition, The Afters will perform their infectious lead single, “Every Good Thing” on the highly acclaimed morning show, The Better Show. Their interview and performance will air on the nationally syndicated lifestyle TV program next Monday, April 22. The single is also making impressive gains at radio, breaking into the Top 5 of the Billboard Hot AC/CHR Chart and jumping to No. 7 on the Billboard Christian Audience Chart.

Check out a few of the glowing praises on Life is Beautiful:

“Beauty can be found anywhere, even in the pain. Anticipation for The Afters’ fourth studio project was high… and fortunately, the Texas-born foursome lives up to expectations with Life Is Beautiful.”
- Rhapsody

“Four albums into its hit heavy career, The Afters are continuing to craft hook heavy material with thought-provoking lyrics, which in this particular case, seek to encourage and enrich fans’ faith journeys while giving glory to God for even the simplest blessings.”
-gmcTV

“This album challenges us to dive into our own lives and make sure that the beautiful moments aren’t forgotten. Life Is Beautiful encourages us to live our lives head on to experience the wonder and beauty set before us.”
- Indie Music Vision

“Filled with fun, encouraging and several heart-touching moments, Life Is Beautiful is easily one of the must-own albums of 2013. If there was any time to discover The Afters, it’s now. “
- New Release Tuesday

“In the midst of discouragement, disappointment, and overall disarray, an album like Life Is Beautiful speaks directly to these injustices”
- Jesus Freak Hideout

“This is The Afters’ best work to date… It speaks to the being of humanity, God’s greatest creation, that Life Is Beautiful.”
- Christian Music Zine

The Afters are currently on the Hundred More Years tour with Francesca Battistelli, Love and the Outcome and Kyle Sherman. For more information on tour dates and tickets, visit: http://theafters.com/tour/.

About The Afters: 
Texas-based, four-piece band The Afters were propelled into the national spotlight with their INO/Sony Music Label Group debut I Wish We All Could Win. The project spawned the swirling, melodic hit “Beautiful Love,” earning the band an enthusiastic following when the song was selected as the theme track for MTV’s “8th and Ocean.” “Beautiful Love” was also the most downloaded track of 2006 on the iTunes ® Inspirational charts and garnered the band an mtvU award as well. The Afters’ sophomore release Never Going Back To OK (INO/Columbia Records) debuted in the Top 50 on the Billboard Top 200, and proved to be sensation on the silver screen with “Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC), “Dr. Phil,” “Army Wives” (Lifetime) and “Rachael Ray.” The band’s third record Light Up the Sky bolstered two No. 1 radio hits, as well as placements on “The Biggest Loser” (NBC) and “You Deserve It” (ABC). A slew of media including Rolling Stone, Seventeen.com, E! News Live, TV Guide, Premiere Radio and more also picked up on covering The Afters. The band released its fourth studio album, Life Is Beautiful, on April 16, 2013 via Fair Trade Services.

[Get Connected with The Afters] 
Website // www.theafters.com 
Twitter // www.twitter.com/theafters 
YouTube // www.youtube.com/theaftersofficial
Facebook // www.facebook.com/theafters

04/05/2013
The Digital Age To Release Debut Project Evening:Morning On August 13

Newly signed Fair Trade band The Digital Age is set to embark on a new musical venture with the release of their debut album Evening:Morning on August 13. Finishing off a wildly successful decade-long career with the David Crowder*Band, including a capstone sold-out tour, a No. 2 release on the Billboard 200, and a final performance before over 42,000 college students at Passion 2012, the four band members, Mike Dodson (Mike D), Mark Waldrop, Jack Parker and Jeremy Bush (Bwack), formed The Digital Age as an extension of the ministry that started over a decade ago. “While The Digital Age feels like a brand new chapter for us, it’s really a continuation of what the David Crowder*Band was all about. The mission remains the same,” says guitarist and vocalist Mark Waldrop. “The Digital Age exists to make music that bridges the gap between our mainstream culture and our Christian faith.” Eager to begin recording and creating music again after an 8-month break from the road, The Digital Age re-introduced themselves in their Rehearsals EP last summer. The independent EP quickly shot to the No. 1 spot on the iTunes®Christian Albums chart and gave critics and fans an early peek at a promising musical future for the group.

The tracks off of their debut Evening:Morning were written in a quasi-conceptual, temporal fashion, moving through the night to the morning. Living up to the technological traits of their name, The Digital Age has teamed up with Science Lab to create an interactive music video experience for fans with the track “Believe” off of Evening:Morning. Filmed and edited in the band’s new studio Asterisk Sound in Waco, TX, the music video is a visual mixer that allows fans to mute, solo and spotlight all four of the band member’s contributions to the song, bringing into focus a number of visual combinations of the performance. The interactive video is available on their website at www.thedigitalagemusic.com.

This May, The Digital Age will embark on the “I Have A Dream” Tour in select cities nationwide. Performing alongside the likes of The City Harmonic, 33 Miles and Remedy Drive, concertgoers will have the chance to get their first glimpse of the re-invented live experience from these veteran musicians. For tour information and tickets, visit:
www.thedigitalagemusic.com/main/tour/.

The Digital Age signs with Fair Trade in their studio, Asterisk Sound – Waco, TX. From L to R: Jeremy Bush (Bwack), Jack Parker, Mark Waldrop, Fair Trade President Jeff Moseley, Fair Trade VP of A&R James Rueger, Mike Dodson (Mike D) and manager Dave Steunebrink.

About The Digital Age:
2012, a year commonly associated with endings, saw a new beginning for former members of the David Crowder*Band. On the heels of their final project with the DC*B, Mark, Mike D, Bwack and Jack sought to continue writing, performing and producing music together for the Church. Out of this desire, The Digital Age was born. With roots already planted at University Baptist Church in the small college town of Waco, TX, The Digital Age constructed their own studio in the place where their ministry started. The Digital Age released their Rehearsals EP last summer as a formal re-introduction of the new band. The EP quickly shot to the No. 1 spot on the iTunes® Christian Albums chart and debuted in the Top 15 on Billboard’s Top Christian Albums chart. Their debut full-length album Evening:Morning is due out in August 2013.

[Get Connected with The Digital Age]
Website // www.thedigitalagemusic.com
Facebook // www.facebook.com/TheDigitalAge
Twitter // www.twitter.com/The_Digital_Age
YouTube // www.youtube.com/thedigitalagemusic

04/04/2013
Hawk Nelson Releases Made To Stunning Reviews And Praises

DEBUT SINGLE “WORDS” NO.1 AT HOT AC RADIO FOR THIRD WEEK

 This week Hawk Nelson released their sixth studio album, Made, on Fair Trade Services to rave reviews and praise from media and radio. The album debuted at No. 2 on the iTunes Christian & Gospel chart as well as in the Top 100 overall albums. This album debuted the new Hawk Nelson front man with longtime band guitarist Jon Steingard transitioning into the role.

 

The debut radio single “Words,” which features Bart Millard (MercyMe), is currently at No. 1 Hot AC single for the third week in a row as well as No. 4 at AC Indicator, No. 8 at National Christian Audience and in the Top 15 on Soft AC and AC Monitored charts. Steingard wrote “Words” with Matt Hammitt (Sanctus Real) and Seth Mosley, the producer on the album.

The single is being heard on 105 stations including KLOVE, Air 1, SiriusXM, WAY-FM, Salem Music Network, KLTY – Dallas, KSBJ – Houston, The Fish – Atlanta, KTIS – Minneapolis, JoyFM – St. Louis, WGTS – Washington, DC, and The JoyFM – Tampa/Atlanta. Over the course of this week, the guys will be talking to more than 40 radio stations across the country.Watch the official music video from Hawk Nelson for “Words” here. You can also view story-behind-the-song videos here.

Media have raved about the new album, line-up and music behind Made. Check out some of the interviews with Steingard on JesusFreakHideoutNewReleaseTuesday, Insider Podcast and this month’s CCM Magazine.

Here are examples of what the media are saying:

Made is undeniably catchy, unabashedly truthful and honestly quite hard to stop listening to. It’s easy to be a skeptic and write something off without giving it a chance, but when you do, you miss out on something special. Don’t let that happen with Made, because you might just miss one of the best albums of the year.”

-JesusFreakHideout

“It may be a new season, but what hasn’t changed is the band’s commitment to delivering melodic pop-rock with a deeper message and a focus on fun.”

-Rhapsody

“The new album is marked by positive and powerful pop anthems and lead single ‘Words’ is the best example. While the band still holds a bit of its youthful zeal, these guys have definitely grown up.”

-CCM Magazine

Made makes Hawk Nelson Fly”

-Crosswalk

“Their passion for God is as apparent as ever and this music is a great fit to CCM without sounding watered down or copycat.”

–New Release Tuesday

“Hawk Nelson have delivered one of the strongest (lyrically and musically) albums of the year so far. Well done Jon Steingard and the rest of the band for creating some of the most powerful songs of the year!”

-Indie Vision Music

Made is one of my favorite albums of 2013. It is clear that the boys of Hawk Nelson are now men, and the album closer is a part of a picture of how far they’ve come as Christians and as people.”

-Christian Music Zine

ABOUT HAWK NELSON:
This powerhouse, pop rock band has won the hearts of thousands since its debut release in 2004. Hawk Nelson has released five studio projects (Letters to the President, Smile It’s the End of the World, Hawk Nelson is My Friend, Live Life Loud, and most recently Crazy Love). Crazy Love produced a three-week No.1 single with the title track at CHR radio. In 2010, Hawk Nelson was also awarded two Canadian GMA awards. In 2011, Hawk Nelson released a Christmas EP. This year, the band was honored with four GMA Dove Award nominations as well as a JUNO nomination.

Hawk Nelson is Jonathan Steingard (vocals, guitar), Daniel Biro (bass), and Justin Benner (drums).

 

Hawk Nelson – L to R – Jon Steingard, Justin Benner, Daniel Biro
Photo by David Molnar
Connect with Hawk Nelson:

 

03/21/2013
Chart-Topping Band The Afters Declare Life Is Beautiful With Release Of Fourth Studio Album On April 16

Having created huge waves with their 2010 project Light Up The Sky, chart-topping foursome The Afters will deliver their much-anticipated new studio album, Life Is Beautiful, on April 16. The 12-track project—the band’s 4th overall—comes more than two and a half years after the launch of their previous effort’s success—delivering two No. 1 hits (“Light Up The Sky,” “Lift Me Up”) and a bevy of film and television placements (New Year’s Eve, “The Biggest Loser,” “The Hills,” “Army Wives”). Joined once again by award-winning producer Dan Muckala (Backstreet Boys, Chris Tomlin, Britt Nicole) for eight of its 12 tracks, the new album draws inspiration from the encouraging promise that God is continuously with us and life is still beautiful no matter what challenges we face. The Texas-borne band—comprised of vocalist-guitarist Josh Havens, guitarist-vocalist Matt Fuqua, bassist Dan Ostebo and drummer Jordan Mohilowski—cites verse James 1:17 as a major source of inspiration for this album.

“Our hope for our record—and a lot of heartache went into this album—is that it will encourage people to see how God is working in their lives,” says Havens. “He’s not just there on the sunny days. No matter what we go through in life, God is still with us and life is beautiful—God is beautiful.”

Life Is Beautiful began with challenging questions the band members posed to themselves. “As songwriters, we never want to make the same album twice,” says Fuqua. “For us we try to go in asking: ‘What can we do that’s different? How can we stretch ourselves?’ It was intentional to be really honest with our audience, and to be honest with ourselves by sharing things that are personal and meaningful.”

The infectious lead single from Life Is Beautiful, “Every Good Thing,” is already being well-received at radio, jumping into the Top 10 on the Billboard Hot AC/CHR Chart, Top 20 on the Billboard National Christian Audience Chart and Top 25 on the Billboard AC Monitored and Indicator Charts. 75 stations are already on board for “Every Good Thing” including K-LOVE, AIR 1, SiriusXM, KLTY/Dallas, KSBJ/Houston, KCMS/Seattle, The Fish Los Angeles, KTIS/Minneapolis, JOY FM/St. Louis, The JoyFM Tampa and KXOJ/Tulsa among many others. Commenting on the catchy track Havens says, “We wanted something strong, upbeat and positive. We were looking back over the last year and we were struck by how many times we’d wake up and see those horrific headlines in the news. We’re reminded every day of how many bad things there are in life, so we wanted to write a reminder of how much God is capable of doing.”

In addition, the album’s title track was featured in the 2012 film October Baby.

About The Afters:
Texas-based, four-piece band The Afters were propelled into the national spotlight with their INO/Sony Music Label Group debut I Wish We All Could Win. The project spawned the swirling, melodic hit “Beautiful Love,” earning the band an enthusiastic following when the song was selected as the theme track for MTV’s “8th and Ocean.” “Beautiful Love” was also the most downloaded track of 2006 on the iTunes ® Inspirational charts and garnered the band an mtvU award as well. The Afters’ sophomore release Never Going Back To OK (INO/Columbia Records) debuted in the Top 50 on the Billboard Top 200, and proved to be sensation on the silver screen with “Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC), “Dr. Phil,” “Army Wives” (Lifetime) and “Rachael Ray.” The band’s third record Light Up the Sky bolstered two No. 1 radio hits, as well as placements on “The Biggest Loser” (NBC) and “You Deserve It” (ABC). A slew of media including Rolling Stone, Seventeen.com, E! News Live, TV Guide, Premiere Radio and more also picked up on covering The Afters. The band will release its fourth studio album, Life Is Beautiful, on April 16, 2013 via Fair Trade Services.

[Get Connected with The Afters]
Website // www.theafters.com
Twitter // www.twitter.com/theafters
YouTube // www.youtube.com/theaftersvideos
Facebook // www.facebook.com/theafters

03/21/2013
Audio Adrenaline Album Kings & Queens Hits No. 3 On Album Charts + Climbs To No. 2 At Radio

 

 

The brand new and highly anticipated record from Audio Adrenaline, Kings & Queens (Fair Trade Services), dropped last Tuesday and released to much acclaim. Between radio airplay and media accolades, the album debuted at No. 3 on the album charts while also placing high with retail, hitting top 5 in sales with LifeWay and top 10 with Family Christian Stores. Positive reviews and radio feedback continues to pour in, showing there’s no doubt with the band’s return. People love Audio Adrenaline!

RADIO AIRPLAY:
The album’s first single, “Kings And Queens,” continues to climb the Christian radio charts and be heard on stations all across the nation. Currently, the hit song is No. 2 on the Billboard Christian AC Indicator and No. 6 at Billboard Hot AC/CHR, and No. 8 on both Billboard’s National Christian Audience and AC Monitored. Over 100 Billboard reporting stations are already on board with the hit single.

Preparing for street week, the band did close to 40 radio interviews over two days, talking with radio stations and networks all across the country. They also headlined a K-LOVE Listener Appreciation album release party in Oklahoma City on their street date.

MEDIA ACCLAIM:
What has the media been saying about Audio Adrenaline’s return? With comments about the band, such as “a fine-tuned Audio A,” and about the album, “a soaring, sweetly bombastic rush of anthemic melodies,” their return has certainly been a welcoming one. The band has received features in key outlets such as Billboard online, Christian Retailing, Gospel Music Channel, and Charisma, and are also gracing the cover of CCM‘s current issue. Here is a highlight of the stellar reviews that have been pouring in:

“…Audio Adrenaline already looks like Christian music’s comeback of the year. Fans old and new will likely want more than a download of this one.”

- CBA Retailers + Resources

“Kings & Queens is a big, bold, short-and-sweet crowd ready burst of joyous energy and larger-than-life choruses….an album that more than matches their best.”

MusicOlogy

“It’s looking to be one of the best pop rock records in recent memory…this just may be a match made in heaven. I’m eager to see how this new identity of Audio Adrenaline continues to bloom.“

JesusFreakHideout

“A solid album from start to finish.”

CCM

“Kings and Queens is an easy listen, with smooth and memorable vocal stylings of lead singer Kevin Max and pop-rock upbeat musical arrangements….this is certainly an album that does not disappoint the listener. It will be exciting to see what comes of this re-introduction as a band…writing songs for the Kingdom and continuing to live out their faith for the least of these.”

Frequency.fm

“…an album you’ll want to listen to again and again. Older fans will be surprised to hear how much of the original sound has crossed over into this new formation, yet old and new listeners alike will enjoy the exciting melodic prospects being presented here.”

- New Release Tuesday

To support the new album, Audio Adrenaline is currently headlining the highly anticipated “Kings & Queens Tour.” The tour is running in 30+ cities across the U.S. and is sponsored by ChildFund International. The “Kings & Queens Tour” also features Dove Award winning bands Group 1 Crew, Seventh Day Slumber, and Manic Drive. For tour dates and more information, visit AudioA.com.

Kings & Queens is the ten-song album featuring Audio Adrenaline’s new lead vocalist, Kevin Max and long-time band member bassist Will McGinniss, who are joined by CCM vets Dave Ghazarian (Superchick) on guitar, drummer Jared Byers (Bleach), and singer-songwriter-keyboardist Jason Walker. In 2007, the original band members gathered in Hawaii along with their biggest fans for what they thought was their last performance. Since that finale concert, founding Audio A members Mark Stuart and McGinniss have tirelessly worked to raise awareness and support for the Hands & Feet Project, their non-profit comprised of two children’s villages in Cyvadier/Jacmel and Grand Goave, Haiti, which cares for 100 orphans and abandonded Haitian children. Net proceeds from the sales of Kings & Queens goes directly to Hands & Feet Project. For more information about this very special organization, please visit HandsandFeetProject.org.

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ABOUT HANDS & FEET PROJECT:
In 2004, the members of Audio Adrenaline founded the Hands & Feet Project. Inspired by fan reaction to the band’s song “Hands and Feet,” HAF is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing long-term, family-style care for orphaned and abandoned children with the love of Christ. They strive to raise a generation of orphaned children who will grow up to reach their God- given potential, while empowering first world citizens to partner with them in service at home and abroad.

The organization broke ground on their first Children’s village in Cyvadier, a small town on the Southern coast near Jacmel, and began their journey of serving the forgotten children of the impoverished Caribbean nation. Currently tending to over 70 children in Cyvadier, a second village opened in Grand Goave in 2008 and is caring for 30 children.handsandfeetproject.org.

ABOUT FAIR TRADE SERVICES:
Fair Trade Services, LLC launched in June 2011 by music industry veteran Jeff Moseley. Fair Trade Services is a partnership based on dialogue, transparency, and respect, formed for the development of remarkable Christian artists who desire artistic excellence, cultural relevance and spiritual significance.  Located in Brentwood, Tennessee, their roster includes MercyMe, Laura Story, Audio Adrenaline, The Afters, Phillips, Craig & Dean, Derek Webb, Sara Groves, Phil Wickham, Disciple, Mark Schultz and more. Fair Trade Services is distributed by Provident Distribution and Sony Music. fairtradeservices.com.

03/14/2013
Laura Story's Smash Hit Blessings Certified Gold

 

Pictured (L-R): Dan Michaels, Fair Trade Services’ SVP of Marketing; Laura Story;
Creative Trust’s Nicole Owens; Jeff Moseley, Fair Trade Services’ President

Since the release of her much-heralded sophomore album, Blessings, multi-award winning songstress Laura Story’s massive No. 1 hit single of the same name has been certified by the R.I.A.A. as Digital Gold. The Fair Trade Services recording artist has enjoyed quite a season of success since the April 2011 release of Blessings. At the 2012 Billboard Music Awards, she garnered the trophy for Top Christian Song, on the heels of her GRAMMY® Win for Best Contemporary Christian Song as well as Dove Awards for Song of the Year, Pop/Contemporary Song of the Year, Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year and Songwriter of the Year.

“Martin and I are both humbled and so grateful to God for this and pray that any attention the song ‘Blessings’ receives will be used by God to bring hope to others who are walking hard roads,” says Story. “Many thanks to all who are celebrating with us, especially to those who helped give this song a platform to minister. May God’s faithfulness be seen in this above all things.”

Currently, Story is on the road as one third of “The 3 in 1 Tour,” pairing some of today’s most popular and acclaimed recording artists—Story, Mandisa and Brandon Heath. Seven of the first 10 shows have sold out since commencing in Florida on February 21, and the tour features the three very unique hitmakers collaborating to bring their celebrated sounds into one highly anticipated live experience. The national tour is a 23-city trek, visiting markets including Orlando, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Houston and St. Louis, and will wrap on April 14. International relief and development organization Food for the Hungry has partnered with “The 3 in 1 Tour” to bring awareness to its efforts alongside Story, Heath and Mandisa. Concertgoers should expect a night where the artists will collaborate on each other’s songs and an experience full of fan favorites. For additional information, please visit www.laurastorymusic.com/tour.

Story is presently at work on a new studio album, set for release this fall. And fans will be able to see Laura perform the new tracks live this fall on a nationwide 35-city tour with Steven Curtis Chapman.

About Laura Story 
Laura Story, a talented worship leader and songwriter known for penning hit songs such as “Indescribable” made famous by Chris Tomlin and the smash inspirational hit “Blessings,” made her music debut in 2008 with her first release Great God Who Saves (Fair Trade Services). Great God Who Saves garnered her four Dove nominations in 2009, at which she took home her first award for “Inspirational Album of the Year.” In 2011, she also nabbed another nomination for “Female Vocalist of the Year.” Her hit single “Mighty To Save” earned a No. 1 Soft AC/Inspo and Top 10 AC hit at Christian radio. Also in 2011, Story revealed 12 new inspirational tracks on her sophomore release titled Blessings. Story teamed up with producer Nathan Nockels (Passion, Philips, Craig & Dean, Point of Grace) and delivered a worship project that exudes constant threads of pop energy and singer-songwriter warmth. The title track quickly became a fan favorite, radio smash and multi-award winner upon release of the album. It topped the iTunes® Christian/Gospel Top Songs chart and held the No. 1 spot for 28 consecutive weeks, the album held the No. 1 spot for three consecutive weeks on Billboard’s Contemporary Christian Overall chart, digital single sales for “Blessings” reached Gold status, the track held the No. 1 spot at Christian AC, Inspo and the National Audience radio charts for multiple weeks, and Story took home the GRAMMY® Award for Best Contemporary Christian Song, the Billboard Music Award for Top Christian Song as well as Dove Awards for Song of the Year, Pop/Contemporary Song of the Year, Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year and Songwriter of the Year. Her first book, What If Your Blessings Come Through Raindrops?, released in 2012 and was inspired by her Grammy and Dove Award-winning hit song, “Blessings.” Story will release a new studio album in 2013. For more information on Story, please visit www.laurastorymusic.com.

[Connect with Laura Story]
Website // www.laurastorymusic.com
Facebook //www.facebook.com/laurastory
Twitter // www.twitter.com/LauraStoryMusic

03/14/2013
Mark Schultz Embarks On All Things Possible Tour This Friday, March 15

Schultz to partner with Family Christian Stores and the James Fund for a mission trip with his fans in May

Platinum selling artist Mark Schultz is no stranger to the power of a story. Beginning this Friday, March 15, he is taking his stories on the road with his headlining tour, “All Things Possible” Tour 2013, presented by Compassion International. The tour’s namesake is from Schultz’ most recent studio album All Things Possible which includes his hit No. 1 title track song. For more information on the tour, visit www.MarkSchultzMusic.com. Joining him on the tour are artists Aaron Shust and Jonny Diaz.

In May, Schultz will partner with Family Christian Stores and the James Fund for a mission trip to Mexico. For the first time fans can join Schultz on this Good Goers’ Artist Trip for an impactful weeklong mission trip in Monterrey, Mexico. For more information, visit www.MarkGoestoMexico.com.

The “All Things Possible” Tour is presented by Compassion International, the world’s largest Christian child development organization (www.compassion.com) that works through local churches to permanently release children from poverty. Founded in 1952, Compassion successfully tackles global poverty one child at a time, serving more than 1 million children—pre-natal through higher education—in 26 of the world’s poorest countries.

About Mark Schultz 
Originally hailing from Colby, KS., Mark Schultz moved to Nashville to pursue his musical ambitions and found inspiration while working as a youth pastor. Schultz booked a show at the city’s famed Ryman Auditorium and with the overwhelming support of friends and family, the show was a sell-out. This virtually unheard-of feat for a new artist landed Schultz a record deal where he went on to sell over 1.3 million albums and garner 10 No. 1 singles to date. Last year, Schultz released his new project All Things Possible, which boasts new stories as the multi-award winning artist celebrates becoming a father, making new friends during his year-long stay in Italy with his wife Kate and kicking-off his “Remember Me” project to support orphans. He has landed the top spot on Billboard magazine’s Christian Adult Contemporary Songwriter list and has been featured on “48 Hours” and “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.” In 2011, Schultz released his first instrumental album, Renaissance and his first novella, titled “Letters From War,” based on the his hit song. His 2005 release, Mark Schultz Live: A Night of Stories & Songs, was certified Platinum by the R.I.A.A. and earned Schultz his first GMA Dove Award.

[Get Connected with Mark Schultz] 
Website // www.markschultzmusic.com 
Twitter // www.twitter.com/mschultzmusic 
Facebook // www.facebook.com/markschultz 
iTunes // http://bit.ly/TVJivM

03/04/2013
Audio Adrenaline Kicks Off Their 30+ City Kings & Queens Tour


Audio Adrenaline kicks off their highly anticipated “Kings & Queens Tour” Friday, March 1 in Morganton, North Carolina. The tour will run in 30+ cities across the U.S. and is sponsored by ChildFund International. Audio Adrenaline will release their debut album Kings & Queens March 12 on Fair Trade Services.

The “Kings & Queens Tour” will feature Dove Award winning bands Group 1 Crew and Sevent Day Slumber, as well as Manic Drive, winner of GMA Canada’s 2012 Hard Rock/Alternative Album of the Year.

Audio Adrenaline is offering fans a VIP Experience throughout the tour. This exclusive ticket package includes a pre-show entrance and priority check-in, an autograph session and Q&A with the band. VIP Experience ticket holders will also receive a collector’s edition laminate and limited edition Audio Adrenaline photo.

As the band prepares to give audiences an inspirational yet electric show, fans can anticipate hearing Audio Adrenaline’s biggest hits along with music from their new album Kings & Queens. Concertgoers will also be introduced to Audio Adrenaline’s non-profit, Hands & Feet Project, an organization dedicated to providing long-term, family-style care for orphaned and abandoned children in need of a home and family.

Adding momentum to the tour, Audio Adrenaline’s Fair Trade Services debut Kings & Queens will release March 12. Kings & Queens conveys a passion and energy similar to previous Audio Adrenaline albums but with a renewed mission for Hands & Feet Project, as a portion of the proceeds will directly benefit the non-profit. Former lead vocalist and current Audio Adrenaline songwriter, Mark Stuart shares, “Honestly, I feel this is one of the best records, if not THE best, AA has ever put together.” The first radio single “Kings & Queens” is currently available on iTunes.

Tour dates for the “Kings & Queens Tour” are listed below. For the most updated schedule and to purchase tickets, be sure to visit AudioA.com and the tour’s official webpage at AudioA.com/Tour.

Audio Adrenaline Kings & Queens Tour Dates:
March 1- Morganton, NC, City of Morganton Municipal Auditorium
March 2- Washington, NC, Washington High School
March 3- Lancaster, PA, Lancaster Bible College
March 7- Baxter, MN, Heritage Assembly of God
March 8- Willmar, MN, Willmar Evangelical Free Church
March 9- Minneapolis, MN, North Central University Sanctuary
March 10- Green Bay, WI, Radisson Hotel & Conference Center
March 14- Vero Beach, FL, Vero Beach Performing Arts Center
March 15- Bellville, GA, Pinewood Christian Academy
March 16- Columbus, GA, Calvary Baptist Church
March 17- Gaffney, SC, Broad River Electric Auditorium
March 21- Philippi, WV, Haven of Hope Worship Center
March 22- Biddeford, ME, New Life Church
March 23- Ocean City, MD, Roland E. Powell Convention Center
March 24- Greencastle, PA, Greencastle High School
April 5- Enid, OK, Oakwood Christian Church
April 6- Burleson, TX, Venue 510
April 7- Tulsa, OK, SpiritBank Event Center
April 11- Indianola, IA, Indianola Community Church
April 12- Naperville, IL, Compass Church
April 13- Lebanon, MO, Boswell Auditorium
April 14- Lenexa, KS, Lenexa Baptist Church
April 20- Fort Smith, AR, 180 Youth Center
April 25- Louisville, KY, Okolona Christian Church
April 26- Fort Wayne, IN, First Assembly of God
April 27- Cincinnati, OH, The Underground
April 28- Port Huron, MI, McMorran Theater
May 2- Lake Charles, LA, Lake Charles Civic Center
May 4- Greenville, IL, Bond County Fairgrounds
May 5- Salina, KS, Bicentennial Center
About Audio Adrenaline:
After five years away, Audio Adrenaline is back — by popular demand and with a renewed mission. The faces may look a little different, but the heart and passion of this GRAMMY-winning band remains unchanged. Yes, that’s Kevin Max of dcTalk and solo fame at the mic and founding member Will McGinniss on bass. The new lineup is rounded out by CCM vets Dave Ghazarian (Superchick), Jared Byers (Bleach), and singer-songwriter Jason Walker. Former front man and co-founder Mark Stuart remains very involved and contributed to many of the songs for the new album.

This talented group of like-minded musicians shares a common goal: to be the voice for orphans in Haiti and around the world. Lead single, “Kings & Queens,” is an orphan anthem that celebrates the transformation God can bring about. The album’s remaining fresh rock tracks are just as powerful. The new Audio Adrenaline is creating music that will move you while making the world a better place for children in need. Thanks to the band, Know Hope and AA’s label, Fair Trade Services, a portion of proceeds will directly benefit the work of Hands & Feet Project. For more information, please visit AudioA.com and handsandfeetproject.org.

About ChildFund International:
ChildFund International began in 1938 in an effort to support orphanages for the children who had been left without homes or families in the wake of the second Sino-Japanese War. American individuals funded the orphanages in China through sponsorships. Today, ChildFund International has grown into a global force working for children around the world. Now operating in 31 countries, approximately 17.8 million children and their family members were given assistance in 2012. ChildFund International works with children from birth to young adulthood, families and communities to provide a better environment for children to succeed. ChildFund.org

02/25/2013
Citizen Way To Release Debut Album, Love Is The Evidence On April 23

New Fair Trade Services act Citizen Way have much to show in their debut release, Love Is The Evidence out on April 23. The four-piece band is comprised of two sets of siblings – Josh and Ben Calhoun and David and Ben Blascoe. Love Is The Evidence includes the band’s forthcoming radio single “Nothing Ever (Could Separate Us)” out on March 22nd. The single follows their debut hit, “Should’ve Been Me” which shot up the charts, peaking in the Top 5 on Christian AC radio.

Collaborating with acclaimed producer Seth Mosley (Hawk Nelson, Audio Adrenaline), Citizen Way’s 10-track debut is an honest, powerful release that fuels the buzz the band’s already generating. Band members Josh and Ben Calhoun wrote and co-wrote every track on Love Is The Evidence.

About Citizen Way
Citizen Way broke through the music scene last year with their powerful debut single “Should’ve Been Me.” The band continues to make an impactful debut both on and off the air, touring with such acts as multi-award winning group Big Daddy Weave and three-time Dove Award winner Chris August. Citizen Way is currently joining the artists on ‘The Redeemed Tour,’ marking their first ever nationwide tour.

Love Is The Evidence Track Listing:
1. Nothing Ever (Could Separate Us)
2. Evidence
3. All Things
4. Should’ve Been Me
5. How Sweet The Sound
6. Fall Like The Rain
7. Love Is A Mess
8. Lights On
9. Where Would I Be Without You
10. Sing, Sing, Sing

[Get Connected with Citizen Way]
Website // www.citizenwaymusic.com
Twitter // www.twitter.com/citizenway
Facebook // www.facebook.com/citizenway
“Should’ve Been Me” Official Lyric Video // http://youtu.be/-xlNwDpPoWs
“Should’ve Been Me” Story Behind the Song // http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=phkGi8bF0mw

02/07/2013
Jenny Simmons Unveils Debut Solo Album The Becoming

Jenny Simmons

Project debuts in Top 5 on the iTunes® Christian & Gospel Charts

Jenny Simmons, the celebrated singer-songwriter and former frontwoman of the Dove Award-nominated band Addison Road, is receiving incredible praise for her much-anticipated debut solo project, The Becoming, available nationwide this week. Simmons doesn’t disappoint on any level with this heartfelt and deeply authentic project, which debuted at No. 5 upon release on the iTunes® Christian & Gospel Charts.      

With The Becoming being met with stellar reviews and critical acclaim, here is just a sampling of what the media is saying about Jenny:

The Becoming…lacks for nothing. Jenny Simmons has poured herself into this record. The writing is solid and the performances commanding. The result is an honest, deeply personal chronicle of her journey marked by a vulnerability and authenticity that is sure to capture listeners’ ears and hearts.”-New Release Tuesday

“With each of Jenny’s songs giving us a great reminder of moving from fear into comfort, worry into assurance and uncertainty into hope; Jenny has delivered an album full of remedies, struggles and encouragements, each with the primary message of running to the Father as we enter seasons of renewal and restoration.”-Indie Music Vision

“[Jenny Simmons] … sings lyrics that are true to her life, and at the heart of that is God, so God features in the centre of all songs.”-Louder Than Music

“A musical documentary capturing Jenny’s emotions during a period of great change and transition, The Becoming is an infectiously joyful and ambitiously hopeful debut solo project while simultaneously being real, raw and ever so relatable.”-Breathecast

“Ten honest works of art based on her personal experiences, with plenty of heart and emotion, showing us that even though Addison Road is no more, Jenny still has more stories to tell… professionally and immaculately crafted.”-Christian Music Zine

“Simmons’ distinct vocals and edgy sound, not to mention her songwriting skills, make this an impressive debut album.”-Lifter Magazine

“The impassioned way that Simmons sings these words helps make things abundantly clear—she’s been on a journey, and she’s willing to share a little about it with you.”-Crosswalk

Partnering with her long-time record label, Fair Trade Services, and the masterful production skills of Paul Moak (Mat Kearney, Third Day) and Seth Mosley (Newsboys), Simmons pennedThe Becoming in the wake of Addison Road deciding to amicably disband. After years of touring and giving Christian music fans powerful songs such as “Hope Now,” “What Do I Know of Holy,” “All That Matters” and “This Little Light of Mine,” the decade-old band stepped off the stage.

The Texas-based band debuted with their self-titled record in 2008 that garnered the band their first Dove nomination for Best New Artist, was featured as an iTunes® Discovery Download and garnered a No. 1 single with “All That Matters.” They released their critically acclaimed sophomore album, Stories, in 2010, which featured the hit single “Fight Another Day.” Since her emergence on the music scene, Simmons’ vocal abilities have impressed critics and fans alike, lending an honest and authentic voice to lyrics that hit listeners with disarming relevance. Media outlets have described her vocals as “vulnerable and sincere” (ChristianMusicReview.org), as well as “piercing and chameleon” (Phantom Tollbooth).

Simmons has embarked on a tour in support of The Becoming, which kicked off last night with a sold-out StageIt performance. The tour will visit markets including Dallas, Phoenix and Washington, D.C., currently consisting of more than 25 shows. Please visit JennySimmons.com for the most updated tour information.

Jenny Simmons’ “The Becoming” Tour
2/5 – StageIt performance – SOLD OUT
2/7 – Weatherford, TX
2/8 – Ft. Worth TX
2/9 – Waco, TX
2/11 – Austin, TX
2/12 – Dallas, TX
2/15 – Tampa, FL
2/16 – Labelle, FL
2/17 – Labelle, FL
2/19 – Dallas, TX
3/1 – Albuquerque, NM
3/2 – Phoenix, AZ
3/3 – Las Vegas, NV
3/5 – San Jose, CA
3/7 – Quincy, CA
3/8 – Auburn, CA
3/9 – Sparks, NV
3/10 – Carson City, NV
4/16 – Dallas, TX
4/19 – Lynchburg, VA
4/21 – Washington, DC
4/26 – Coraopolis, PA
4/27 – Ft. Wayne, IN
5/1 – St. Peter, MN
8/7 – Darien Center, NY
9/1 – Albuquerque, NM
9/2 – Albuquerque, NM

*Dates are subject to change

About Jenny Simmons
Acclaimed singer and songwriter Jenny Simmons burst onto the music scene as the lead singer of Dallas-based band Addison Road with their major-label, eponymous debut in 2008. Addison Road garnered the band their first Dove nomination for Best New Artist in 2009. One of the album’s tracks, “All That Matters,” was featured as an iTunes® Discovery Download, and the song later garnered the band a No. 1 hit. “All That Matters” and “Sticking With You” were the ninth and 15th most-played songs on Christian CHR chart for 2008. Addison Road released their critically acclaimed sophomore album, Stories, in 2010, which featured the hit single “Fight Another Day.” Heralded for her striking, powerful vocals by critics and fans, Simmons released her debut solo album, The Becoming, on February 5, 2013.

Get Connected with Jenny Simmons
Website // www.jennysimmons.com 
Facebook // www.facebook.com/jennysimmonsmusic
Twitter // www.twitter.com/jennysimmons 
Pinterest // http://pinterest.com/jennysmusic/

01/16/2013
Audio Adrenaline Announces Their Kings & Queens Tour Featuring Group 1 Crew, Seventh Day Slumber and Manic Drive

Tour Slated To Visit 30+ U.S. Cities This Spring

 Tour Sponsored by ChildFund International

Debut Album Kings & Queens Releasing March 12

After a seven-year hiatus, Audio Adrenaline is back and will kick off their 2013 “Kings & Queens Tour” on March 1. The tour will run in over 30 cities across the U.S. and is sponsored by ChildFund International. This is the first tour for the band since announcing their return in September 2012. Audio Adrenaline’s Fair Trade Services debut Kings & Queens is slated to release March 12.

The “Kings & Queens Tour” will feature Dove Award winning bands Group 1 Crew and Seventh Day Slumber, as well as Manic Drive, winner of GMA Canada’s 2012 Hard Rock/Alternative Album of the Year.

Band members, Will McGinniss (bass), Kevin Max (lead vocals), Dave Ghazarian (guitar), Jared Byers (drums) and Jason Walker (keys) look forward to taking the stage as a re-formed band with the same heart and energy as before. Audio Adrenaline intends to give fans a heart-pumping show and be the voice for their non-profit, Hands & Feet Project, an organization dedicated to providing long-term, family-style care for orphaned and abandoned children in need of a home and family.

With the anticipated spring tour on the horizon and Audio Adrenaline’s label debut Kings & Queens releasing in March, the band’s first radio single “Kings & Queens” is currently available on iTunes. More than 200,000 fans have viewed the song’s inspiring official music video that was taped in Jacmel, Haiti at the Hands & Feet Project Children’s Village, showcasing the beautiful children of Haiti. Click here to view “Kings & Queens” music video.

Tour dates for the “Kings & Queens Tour” are listed below, with more dates being added daily. Be sure to visit AudioA.comand the tour’s official webpage at AudioA.com/Tour for the most updated schedule.

For interviews with Audio Adrenaline for the tour and any further information, please contact: Merge PR

 Blair Loggins, Blair@Mergepr.com

Stacie Vining, Stacie@Mergepr.com

Audio Adrenaline Kings & Queens Tour Dates:
March 1- Morganton, NC, City of Morganton Municipal Auditorium
March 2- Washington, NC, Washington High School
March 15- Bellville, GA, Pinewood Christian Academy
March 16- Columbus, GA, Calvary Baptist Church
March 17- Gaffney, SC, Broad River Electric Auditorium
March 22- Biddeford, ME, New Life Church
March 23- Ocean City, MD, Roland E. Powell Convention Center
April 6- Burleson, TX, Venue 510
April 11- Indianola, IA, Indianola Community Church
April 12- Naperville, IL, Compass Church
April 13- Lebanon, MO, Boswell Auditorium
April 14- Lenexa, KS, Lenexa Baptist Church
April 19- Tulsa, OK, SpiritBank Event Center
April 20- Fort Smith, AR, 180 Youth Center
April 26- Fort Wayne, IN, First Assembly of God
April 27- Cincinnati, OH, The Underground
May 2- Lake Charles, LA, Lake Charles Civic Center
May 5- Salina, KS, Bicentennial Center

About Audio Adrenaline:
After five years away, Audio Adrenaline is back — by popular demand and with a renewed mission. The faces may look a little different, but the heart and passion of this GRAMMY-winning band remains unchanged. Yes, that’s Kevin Max of dcTalk and solo fame at the mic and founding member Will McGinniss on bass. The new lineup is rounded out by CCM vets Dave Ghazarian (Superchick), Jared Byers (Bleach), and singer-songwriter Jason Walker. Former front man and co-founder Mark Stuart remains very involved and contributed to many of the songs for the new album.

This talented group of like-minded musicians shares a common goal: to be the voice for orphans in Haiti and around the world. Lead single, “Kings & Queens,” is an orphan anthem that celebrates the transformation God can bring about. The album’s remaining fresh rock tracks are just as powerful. The new Audio Adrenaline is creating music that will move you while making the world a better place for children in need. Thanks to the band, Know Hope and AA’s label, Fair Trade Services, a portion of proceeds will directly benefit the work of Hands & Feet Project. For more information, please visit AudioA.com andhandsandfeetproject.org.

About ChildFund International:
ChildFund International began in 1938 in an effort to support orphanages for the children who had been left without homes or families in the wake of the second Sino-Japanese War. American individuals funded the orphanages in China through sponsorships. Today, ChildFund International has grown into a global force working for children around the world. Now operating in 31 countries, approximately 17.8 million children and their family members were given assistance in 2012. ChildFund International works with children from birth to young adulthood, families and communities to provide a better environment for children to succeed.ChildFund.org

01/08/2013
Come and Experience One Amazing Evening With Audio Adrenaline Benefiting Hands & Feet Project

Wednesday, Jan. 16th

6:30pm

Grace Christian Academy

  Be sure to share this special evening with your family and friends -everyone is welcome! The concert event will benefit Hands & Feet Project and Grace Christian Academy. Further details below…and we hope to see you there!

- Stacie, Lori & Blair
Merge PR


For more information, please visit hafproject.org
01/07/2013
A Night of Hope & Healing Concert Honoring Victims and Families of Sandy Hook Tragedy to Feature Renowned Christian Artists on Jan 15

A diverse collection of award winning Christian artists and speakers will come together to share a message of “Hope & Healing” on Tuesday, January 15, 2013, from 6:00-10:00 PM at Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, CT. Christian artists TobyMac, Chris Tomlin, Mandisa, Laura Story, Casting Crowns, Steven Curtis Chapman, and Building 429 have volunteered to lead the night in worship. Renowned authors and speakers Louie Giglio, Max Lucado, and Mary Beth Chapman will also make special appearances.

The tribute concert is a free event and open to the public. Families and children are invited to share in a night of prayer and music to honor the victims and families of the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy. Tickets are available free of charge on ticketmaster.com and at the Webster Bank Arena box office.

"The initial response to the event was overwhelming, with over 10,000 tickets going in just 30 minutes, and since then 2,000 more seats have been opened," commented Kevin Braun of Generation Exodus, the company organizing the event. "I think this speaks to how we as a nation want to honor and show our support to this community."

You must have a ticket to enter the concert. For more information please visit https://www.facebook.com/events/315827618517428/.

About Louie Giglio:
Louie Giglio is Pastor of Passion City Church in Atlanta, Ga, and the Founder of Passion Conferences, a movement gathering collegiate-aged young people since 1997 in events across the US and around the globe. Most recently, Passion hosted over 60,000 people at Passion 2013 in the Georgia Dome, uniting students in worship and prayer, and raising awareness for modern-day slavery. In 2008, Louie and his wife Shelley led the team that planted Passion City Church, a local community of faith with the DNA of the Passion movement. Their desire is to inspire this generation to live for what matters most. For more information on Louie Giglio and Passion, please visit 268generation.com/3.0.

About Max Lucado:
Since Max Lucado’s first book was published in 1985, his words have become a steady source of encouragement for millions of readers. Max Lucado’s distinctive message of grace has translated into more than 100 million products in 41 languages, including more than 82 million books sold to date. Just about one in ten Americans have read at least one Lucado book. Having served the Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, Texas, since 1988, Lucado continues preach in that pulpit – even as he has become the most widely read Christian author in the US. Reader’s Digest dubbed him “America’s Best Preacher,” and this preacher’s books have appeared on every major national bestseller list including Publishers Weekly, USA Today, and TheNew York Times. Sixteen of his titles have sold more than one million copies each. Lucado has been featured in countless media outlets and national broadcasts, and on ABC’s Good Morning America, Fox News Channel and CNN. For more information on Max Lucado, please visit maxlucado.com.

About Mary Beth Chapman:

Following the tragic death of her adopted daughter, Mary Beth Chapman and her family have gone on to share their story of deep sorrow and renewed hope with the world through interviews with such outlets as People Magazine, Good Morning America and Larry King Live. In the fall of 2010, Mary Beth shared her story for the first time with her book Choosing to SEE: A Journey of Struggle and Hope (Revell). This New York Times’ best-selling book was co-authored by Ellen Vaughn, also a New York Times’ bestselling author and an inspirational speaker. Along with her husband, Mary Beth has also co-authored three books for their Shaoey and Dot children's series, and she continues to write a compelling blog found on her website. She has spoken at numerous Women of Faith conferences, as well as appearing with her family on "A Night With the Chapman's" concert tour in the fall of 2010. For more information on Mary Beth Chapman, please visit MaryBethChapman.com.

About TobyMac:
With over 11 million units in career sales, TobyMac's career continues on the fast track, with his most recent project, EYE ON IT, garnering him the highest chart debut of his solo career landing at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200. The album also topped iTunes® Overall and Christian sales charts. TobyMac's previous four solo projects have received RIAA Gold certification and his live DVD, Alive & Transported, is certified platinum by the RIAA and received a GRAMMY® award. In 2012, the much-celebrated and acclaimed artist celebrated his eighth career GRAMMY® nomination. TobyMac has been nominated twice for an American Music Award, winning his first AMA award in the “Favorite Artist in the Contemporary/Inspirational” category this year. His 2009 album, Tonight received GRAMMY® nods for “Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album" and "Best Contemporary Christian Song." For more information on TobyMac, please visit tobymac.com.

About Chris Tomlin:
With eight albums, ten No. 1 radio singles, a GRAMMY® Award and six additional nominations, two Billboard Music Awards, 18 Dove Awards, a platinum and four gold albums to his credit, Chris Tomlin is among the most well-known and influential artists in contemporary Christian music. Referred to by Time magazine as “most likely the most often sung artist anywhere,” Tomlin also has 15 of the Top 100 CCLI songs with 4 of them being in the top 10. ASCAP’s 2007 Songwriter of the Year, Tomlin’s “How Great Is Our God” was his first No. 1 on the CCLI Top 25, moving to No. 1 after becoming one of the fasting rising modern day hymns in CCLI chart history. In addition to having sold more than 4.2 million albums and over 6 million digital tracks, Tomlin made history as his single “Jesus Messiah” (Hello Love) garnered 97 adds at radio its first week and skyrocketed to No. 1, making it the biggest ever add date in Christian Radio history. In the midst of his record breaking success, and continuing his role as worship leader at Passion City Church in Atlanta, GA, Tomlin continues touring and leading at Passion Conference gatherings across the US and worldwide. His ninth studio album, Burning Lights, will be released on Jan. 8, 2013. For more information on Chris Tomlin, please visit christomlin.com.

About Mandisa:
Three-time GRAMMY® nominee Mandisa’s discography includes True Beauty, It’s Christmas, Freedom, What If We Were Real and her remix EP, Get Movin’ on Sparrow Records. This past fall she performed her hit single “Good Morning” on the highest rated morning show, ABC’s “Good Morning America.” The Season 5 American Idol finalist is also an author with the release of “Idoleyes: My New Perspective on Faith, Fat & Fame.” Mandisa was one of several Idols selected to open Walt Disney World’s American Idol Experience in early 2009. With over 635,000 albums sold, Mandisa’s music and message continues to connect with fans. Her album, What If We Were Real, is her fastest selling album ever, tracking 80% ahead of her previous album and has sold over 230,000 units to date. The album features the breakout radio hits “Good Morning,” “Waiting For Tomorrow,” and the No. 1 AC single, “Stronger.” With widespread media coverage including The Today Show, LIVE! With Regis and Kelly, E!, Extra, Entertainment Tonight, US Magazine, People Magazine and CNN, this American Idol alum and three-time Grammy nominee continues to be a voice of encouragement and truth to women facing life’s challenges. For more information on Mandisa, please visit mandisaofficial.com.

About Laura Story:
Laura Story, a talented worship leader and songwriter known for penning hit worship songs such as “Indescribable” made famous by Chris Tomlin, made her music debut in 2008 with her first release Great God Who Saves (INO Records). Great God Who Saves garnered her four Dove nominations in 2009, at which she took home her first award for “Inspirational Album of the Year.” This year, she is also nabbed another nomination for “Female Vocalist of the Year.” Her hit single “Mighty To Save” earned a No. 1 Soft AC/Inspo and Top 10 AC hit at Christian radio as well, and now, on April 12, Story will reveal twelve new inspirational tracks on her sophomore release titled Blessings. Story teamed up with producer Nathan Nockels (Passion, Philips, Craig & Dean, Point of Grace) to deliver a worship project that exudes constant threads of pop energy and singer/songwriter warmth. For more information on Laura Story, please visit laurastorymusic.com.

About Casting Crowns:
Prolific CCM band Casting Crowns achieved sales milestones including one RIAA 2x multi-Platinum album, three RIAA Platinum albums, two RIAA Platinum DVDs, six RIAA Gold albums, four Gold DVDs and four RIAA Gold certified digital singles. The band currently holds the position as Billboard’s top-selling act in Christian music since 2007. The group has also been honored with two American Music Awards (out of six total nominations), a GRAMMY Award for its 2005 album Lifesong, and has received six GRAMMY nominations including three received on Dec. 5, 2012. The band has garnered 17 GMA Dove Awards and two 2012 Billboard Music Awards from four total Billboard Music Award nominations.
Casting Crowns’ seven band members all remain active in student ministry in the Atlanta area and tour according to their local church commitments. Serving his 18th year in youth ministry, lead singer/songwriter Mark Hall maintains his role as the student pastor at Eagle’s Landing First Baptist Church in Atlanta. Casting Crowns concluded its 84-city “Come to the Well” tour on May 5 in Houston to an audience of more than 17,000. Across the Fall 2011 and Spring 2012 legs, the tour saw 40 arena sellouts, exceeded 370,000 in total attendance and garnered 65,500 child sponsorships through the group’s partnership with Christian humanitarian organization, World Vision. For more information on Casting Crowns, please visit castingcrowns.com.

About Steven Curtis Chapman:
Steven Curtis Chapman has sold more than ten million records including two RIAA certified Platinum albums and eight RIAA certified Gold albums. Along with his five GRAMMY Awards, Chapman has won an American Music Award, recorded 47 No. 1 US radio hits including one in each decade since the 1980s, and been awarded 57 Dove Awards, more than any other artist to date. Since his career began in 1987, Chapman has released 17 projects with Sparrow Records.He has performed at the White House and appeared on multiple national programs via CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN, MSNBC, CMT, FOX News, the Hallmark Channel and E!, including “Good Morning America,” “Larry King Live,” “Fox & Friends,” “Huckabee,” “CBS Sunday Morning,” “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and more. Chapman and his wife Mary Beth created Show HOPE in 2001 after bringing their first adopted daughter, Shaohannah, home from China. The ministry’s goal is to help families reduce the financial barrier of adoption and has provided grants to more than 3,350 families wishing to adopt orphans from around the world. For more information on Steven Curtis Chapman, please visit stevencurtischapman.com.

About Building 429:
Building 429 comprises Jason Roy (vocals), Jesse Garcia (guitar), Michael Anderson (drums), and Aaron Branch (bass). The band first broke through with its 2004 No. 1 hit “Glory Defined,” which was named BMI’s Christian Song of the Year in 2005. That same year, Building 429 was recognized as New Artist of the Year at the Gospel Music Association’s Dove Awards. The group has since amassed a dedicated fan following, playing more than 150 live shows a year while developing its own touring brands “Winter Blast” and “Summer Blast.” Building 429 has maintained one of its busiest tour seasons to date, kicking off 2012 with a 47-city “Winter Jam” tour, which saw attendance exceeding 500,000, and making appearances at summer festivals as well as international tour dates in Canada, Denmark, Norway and the Philippines. Most recently, the band wrapped a run of newsboys’ fall “God’s Not Dead” tour and Newsong’s “Very Merry Christmas” tour. Building 429 released its fifth studio project, Listen to the Sound, on May 10, 2011, which debuted at the top of iTunes’ Christian & Gospel Albums chart, while its title track hit No. 1 on the CHR chart and Top 5 on Billboard’s National Christian Audience Chart. Follow up single “Made For You” reached Top 5 on the Christian CHR charts, while “Where I Belong” set precedent as the longest-running No. 1 single on the Billboard Christian Audience chart at 15 consecutive weeks. “Where I Belong” was Billboard’s 2012 Christian Song of the Year and Christian AC Song of the Year. In addition, the band was named Billboard’s 2012 Christian Songs Artist of the Year and Christian AC Songs Artist of the Year. For more information on Building 429, please visit Building429.com.

 

12/12/2012
Hawk Nelson Signs With Fair Trade Services + Set To Release Made April 2

 Hawk Nelson

Hawk Nelson (L to R) Jonathan Steingard, Justin Benner, Daniel Biro | Photo Credit: David Molnar

 

LYRIC VIDEO FOR DEBUT SINGLE “WORDS” FEATURED AT GODTUBE TODAY

NASHVILLE, TENN. – December 11, 2012 - Fair Trade Services announces the signing of Hawk Nelson to their acclaimed roster. Hawk Nelson is set to release their sixth studio album titled Made on April 2. In support of their new single “Words,” which will be going for adds at radio December 26, the band is featuring their lyric video on GodTube today.  Click here to hear the brand new Hawk Nelson song.

Earlier this year, Hawk Nelson underwent a line-up change as former front man Jason Dunn left the band to pursue his solo career.  Longtime Hawk Nelson guitarist Jonathan Steingard transitioned into the front man position and now the band is a trio with bassist Daniel Biro and drummer Justin Benner.

Daniel Biro, who co-founded the band ten years ago, has grown with Hawk Nelson this last decade and believes all of the change has resulted in an honest and God-breathed product. “This time around,” says Biro, “we’re going through all of this emotional change, physical change, and God breathed some new songs that channeled all those feelings and doubts and emotions into these lyrics.”

As much change as Hawk Nelson has undergone in the last year, new lead singer Jonathan Steingard explains the DNA of the band is still the same. “We’re still that high energy band that a church or youth group would book if they want to have a fun youth night,” says Steingard. We want to take what we’ve been and not leave it behind, but grow it a little bit and hopefully be a lot more intentional about what we’re saying.

“This intentionality shines through the two central songs on the album: “Words” and “Made.” Steingard wrote “Words” with Matt Hammitt (Sanctus Real) and Seth Mosley, the producer on the album. The song, and first single, is product of a conversation Steingard had with Hamitt and Mosley. “We were talking about how easy it is to forget how impacting we can be in the lives of the people around us just with our words,” says Steingard. As the lyrics explain, Words can build you up; words can break you down. / Start a fire in your heart or put it out.

“Words,” which features vocals by Bart Millard (MercyMe), is a response to “Made”—a building song, layered with fast-tempo strings, that speaks boldly to the listener during the chorus: You’re beautiful, wonderful, perfectly made. “The idea behind that song,” says Steingard, “is that when something is made instead of just happening, everything about it is on purpose and intentional. If we didn’t just happen, if we were created by someone who loves us and cares about us and has a purpose for our lives, then when we look in the mirror, we should be satisfied with what we see.”

So “Made” tells us we are on purpose, and “Words” encourages us to live life purposefully.

Fan involvement is Hawk Nelson’s specialty. Further proof of this is in how they raised funds for Made. It was a Kickstarter project—an online fundraising tool now often used for producing new records. Biro believes the Kickstarter success proves the power of the relationships this band has built with the industry and with fans over the years. And despite the new chapter of Hawk Nelson, he says, “Real relationships span the test of time, and those relationships have stayed in tact and those people have showed their support.”

Hawk Nelson has spent the last few weeks on the road on a radio promotional run sharing their new song and lineup with more than 30 stations across the nation.  Some of the markets and stations the trio visited included Nashville (WAY-FM, Salem Music Network, WFFH), Atlanta (WFSH), Charlotte (WRCM), Chicago (WONU), Grand Rapids (WAYG, WCSG, WJQK) and Minneapolis (KTIS).

The band will be announcing a spring tour soon in support of the new album.  Stay tuned for more details.

Made Cover

ABOUT HAWK NELSON: This powerhouse, pop rock band has won the hearts of thousands since its debut release in 2004. Hawk Nelson has released five studio projects (Letters to the President, Smile It’s the End of the World, Hawk Nelson is My Friend, Live Life Loud, and most recently Crazy Love).

Crazy Love produced a three-week No.1 single with the title track at CHR radio. In 2010, Hawk Nelson was also awarded two Canadian GMA awards. In 2011, Hawk Nelson released a Christmas EP. This year, the band was honored with four GMA Dove Award nominations as well as a JUNO nomination.

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11/20/2012
“Rock & Worship Roadshow” 2013 Lineup to Feature MercyMe, Jeremy Camp, Tedashii, Kutless, Family Force 5, Luminate, Adam Cappa, Rhett Walker Band & Tim Timmons
The popular tour returns to the road February 7 – March 10, 2013

Nashville, Tenn. (November 14, 2012) — The “Rock & Worship Roadshow” embarks on its fifth annual tour this spring with a new group of all-star musicians including MercyMe, Jeremy Camp, Tedashii, Kutless, Family Force 5, Luminate, Adam Cappa, Rhett Walker Band and Tim Timmons. This tour follows the very successful 2012 "Roadshow" which was named one of Pollstar's Top 50 Tours for Mid-Year 2012.
 
Compassion International and Grand Canyon University will serve as this year's sponsors for the tour. Compassion International is the world’s largest Christian child development organization and is returning after sponsoring the 2012 "Rock & Worship Roadshow." Also returning as a sponsor is Grand Canyon University. The university was founded in 1949 and is Arizona’s premier private Christian university.
 
Launching Feb. 7 in Madison, WI, the tour will make stops in markets including Indianapolis, Dallas, Phoenix, Portland, Seattle and Sacramento, before concluding Mar. 10 in Fresno, CA.
 
Admission for the show will remain, as in years past, at just $10.00 and will be available for at-the-door purchase. See the full list of markets the "Rock & Worship Roadshow" will visit listed below, and be sure to stay tuned to www.rockandworshiproadshow.com for the latest tour information.
 
2013 Rock & Worship Roadshow Tour Dates
(*Dates Subject to Change)

Feb 7 - Alliant Energy Center, Madison, WI
Feb 8 - Van Andle Arena, Grand Rapids, MI
Feb 9 - Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN
Feb 10 - Von Braun Arena, Huntsville, AL
Feb 14 - JQH Arena, Springfield, MO
Feb 15 - American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX
Feb 16 - Mobile Civic Center, Mobile, AL
Feb 17 - River Center, Baton Rouge, LA
Feb 21 - World Arena, Colorado Springs, CO
Feb 22 - Energy Solutions Arena, Salt Lake City, UT
Feb 23 - US Airways Center, Phoenix, AZ
Feb 24 - Citizens Bank Arena, Ontario, CA
Feb 28 - Taco Bell Arena, Boise, ID
Mar 1 - Rose Garden Arena, Portland, OR
Mar 2 - Key Arena, Seattle, WA
Mar 3 - Spokane Arena, Spokane, WA
Mar 8 - HP Pavilion, San Jose, CA
Mar 9 - Sleep Train Arena, Sacramento, CA
Mar 10 - Savemart Center, Fresno, CA
 
About MercyMe
Since their debut in 2001, Grammy-nominated, American Music Award and multiple GMA Dove Award winners MercyMe have sold over 6 million units in CD and DVD sales, while being one of few Contemporary Christian music groups to have had all of their recordings certified Gold or Platinum, as well as garner 24 No. 1 multi-format Christian radio singles, and four consecutive mainstream radio hits with “I Can Only Imagine,” (No. 4 AC/Top 25 on Top 40/Hot AC), “Here With Me” (No. 4 AC), “Homesick” (Top 10 AC), and “So Long Self.” In 2009, BILLBOARD named MercyMe's "Word Of God Speak" the No. 1 Song of The Decade and the group the #1 Christian Songs Artist of the Decade, with an additional No. 1 as the Christian AC Song Artist of The Decade as one of the industry's most notable talents. MercyMe made history as “I Can Only Imagine” surpassed 1 million digital downloads, making it the first song in Christian music to go platinum in the digital domain. The multi-platinum selling band has sold out venues including Radio City Music Hall and has been seen on The Tonight Show, CNN, Fox New Channel's Fox & Friends, ABC News, CBS' The Early Show, and in the pages of Entertainment Weekly, The New York Times, USA Today, Billboard, and more.
 
About Compassion International
Compassion International is the world’s largest Christian child development organization that permanently releases children from poverty. Founded in 1952, Compassion successfully tackles global poverty one child at a time, serving more than 1.2 million children in 26 of the world’s poorest countries. Recognizing that poverty is more than a lack of money, Compassion works through local churches to holistically address the individual physical, economic, educational and spiritual needs of children—enabling them to thrive, not just survive. Compassion has been awarded eleven consecutive, four-star ratings by Charity Navigator, America’s largest charity evaluator.
 
About Grand Canyon University
Grand Canyon University was founded in 1949 and is Arizona’s premier private Christian university. GCU is regionally accredited and emphasizes individual attention for both traditional undergraduate students and the working professional in seven colleges: the Ken Blanchard College of Business, the College of Education, the College of Nursing and Health Care Professions, the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Theology, the College of Fine Arts and Production, and the College of Doctoral Studies. GCU offers traditional programs on its growing campus, as well as online bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs.  The University’s curriculum fuses academic and clinical rigor with Christian values to prepare its students to be skilled, caring professionals. For more information about GCU, visit www.gcu.edu.
 
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Kutless // www.kutless.com
Family Force 5 // www.familyforce5.com
Rhett Walker Band // www.rhettwalkerband.com
Adam Cappa // www.adamcappa.com
Tim Timmons // timtimmonsmusic.com
 
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11/15/2012
Disciple Kicks Off O God Save Us All Release Week With Packed House for CD Release Party and Live Stream Event in Nashville
Nashville, TN – (November 15, 2012) – Disciple knew there was no better way to kick off their latest project, O God Save Us All, than by rockin’ out at a CD release party in Music City on Monday night. Along with the packed house, fans across the globe were able to watch the band’s performance in Nashville, TN via live stream as Disciple played tracks from the new album along with fan favorites.

Following the success of their 2010 release, Horseshoes & Handgrenades, Disciple’s new album consists of a tight, vibrant collection of hard-hitting rock songs with a redemptive heart. The 11-track album includes their current hit single “Draw The Line” which hit the Top 5 on the Billboard Christian Rock chart and Top 10 at CHR. Their second single and the album's title track debuted in the Top 20 this week.

Fans and critics alike are raving, check out the sampling of the latest praise for O God Save Us All:


Disciple before their CD release party in Nashville. Left to Right: Kevin Young (vocals), Trent Reiff (drums), Rich Ward (guitar), Israel Beachy (bass), Micah Sannen (guitar).“If you’re looking for both a powerful and moving addition to your music collection look no further than Disciple’s latest O God Save Us All. It should keep old fans satisfied and draw in new and make a good addition to any collection.”
- Alt Rock Live

O God Save Us All is a dynamic collection of hard rock hymns, showcasing Disciple’s ability to create both raw anthems and symphonic ballads.”
- New Release Tuesday

“I think we are seeing a new (and that’s a good 'new') side of Disciple beginning to emerge; along with some of the old elements that you heard in their earliest releases.”
- Breathecast

"When the norm is crafting solid rock records with great replay value, 'maintaining the norm' isn't such a bad thing; it's no wonder Disciple has been around so long….The focus of the album is completely Christ-driven and delivers a message that's great for all listeners."
- Jesus Freak Hideout
 Disciple's CD release concert at Nashville's Rocketown
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11/08/2012
AUDIO ADRENALINE ANNOUNCES SPRING 2013 KINGS & QUEENS TOUR

 

SPECIAL GUESTS GROUP 1 CREW, SEVENTH DAY SLUMBER AND MANIC DRIVE
  
DEBUT RADIO SINGLE “KINGS & QUEENS” AVAILABLE NOW AT ITUNES
NASHVILLE, TENN. –October 24, 2012 –Supporting their forthcoming studio album, Kings & Queens, Audio Adrenaline announces their first headlining tour with the new line-up beginning in late February through the Spring 2013– tour dates to be announced soon. Special guests on this tour will include Group 1 Crew, Seventh Day Slumber and Manic Drive.
 
In addition to this special tour announcement, fans can now purchase Audio Adrenaline’s debut radio single and title track Kings & Queens on iTunes. Click here to get the song.  More than 50k fans have viewed the inspiring official music video that was taped in Jacmel, Haiti at the Hands & Feet Project Children's Village, showcasing the beautiful children of Haiti. Click here to view "Kings & Queens" music video.
 
Earlier this fall came the announcement of the re-formed Audio Adrenaline with former dcTalk member and industry mainstay Kevin Max as lead vocalist, CCM vets Dave Ghazarian (Superchick) on guitar, Jared Byers (Bleach) on drums, and singer-songwriter Jason Walker playing on keys along with original member Will McGinnis on bass.
 
With the same heart, passion and infectious musical prowess they developed as a band in the 1990’s, multi-GRAMMY® award-winning Audio Adrenaline is back and has put together a new lineup of like-minded musicians with the same common goal; to be the voice for orphans in Haiti and around the world. Net proceeds from the Audio Adrenaline album will go to Hands & Feet Project to continue growth and support of the nearly eight-year-old charity.
 
Group 1 Crew has become one of the leading hip-hop focused acts in the Christian music scene, broadening the parameters of faith-based music with songs that percolate with energy and resonate with the truth of God's grace. They recently released their fourth studio album, Fearless, on Fervent records.
 
Seventh Day Slumber released their eighth studio album, The Anthem of Angels, to much acclaim in 2011 on BEC Recordings. As the band has matured over the last 15 years, they’ve faced newfound challenges head on, and today their perspective and relevancy are as strong as ever, and their anthems of praise are even more profound. 
 
Manic Drive released their latest project, EPIC in 2011. The band’s previous three albums, Blue, Reason for Motion and Reset & Rewind have landed them Billboard Top 10 & 20 singles on CHR & Christian Rock Radio. Their life experience, spiritual maturity and ministry have opened doors to speak into the lives of their own generation and that is perhaps the most defining characteristic of this group of guys.
 
 
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ABOUT HANDS & FEET PROJECT
In 2004, the members of Audio Adrenaline founded the Hands & Feet Project. Inspired by fan reaction to the band’s song “Hands and Feet,” HAF is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing long-term, family-style care for orphaned and abandoned children with the love of Christ. They strive to raise a generation of orphaned children who will grow up to reach their God- given potential, while empowering first world citizens to partner with them in service at home and abroad.
 
The organization broke ground on their first Children’s village in Cyvadier, a small town on the Southern coast near Jacmel, and began their journey of serving the forgotten children of the impoverished Caribbean nation. Currently tending to over 70 children in Cyvadier, a second village opened in Grand Goave in 2008 and is caring for 30 children. handsandfeetproject.org.
 
 
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11/01/2012
Phil Wickham Releases Second Live Worship Album, Singalong2 Today, October 30
Nashville, Tenn. – October 30, 2012 – Critically acclaimed singer/songwriter Phil Wickham, known for his “atmospheric tunes and anchoring vertical lyrics” (CCM Magazine), is bringing back his popular live album with the release of Singalong2. Beginning today, October 30, Singalong2 will be available at all digital retailers. For a limited time, Singalong2 was available on Wickham’s site and received over 100,000 downloads in one month. The live album follows the success of Wickham’s first sing-a-long project, Singalong which was released in 2010. Singalong2 was recorded live at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa in Santa Ana, CA where Wickham set up several extra mics at his show and invited attendees to 'sing-along' live. The album will include 14 tracks from the evening’s performance along with three bonus videos. iTunes link for Singalong2: http://smarturl.it/singalong2

"The idea behind the Singalong records is to capture a moment in time where a group of people who believe in the same God come together to thank Him for what He has done and worship Him for who He is. Though bells and whistles can be fun to listen to, there are none on this record, just me, a guitar, and a chorus of saints a few thousand strong."

Wickham’s first sing-a-long project, Singalong is also available at all digital retailers. The project was recorded at Wickham’s show at Solid Rock Church in Portland, OR. iTunes link for Singalong: http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/singalong/id388451118

Wickham is currently on tour in support of his recent release, Response, across the country. For show information, visit http://philwickham.com/tour-dates/

Track Listing for Singalong2:
1. Heaven Fall Down
2. At Your Name (Yahweh, Yahweh)
3. I'll Always Love You
4. You're Beautiful
5. The Victory
6. Wonderful
7. Sun & Moon
8. Spirit of the Living God
9. Spring Up O Well
10. I Surrender All
11. All I Am
12. Cielo
13. Heaven Song
14. We Give You All The Glory
15. At Your Name (Yahweh, Yahweh) - VIDEO
16. Medley: Spirit of the Living God / Spring Up O Well / I Surrender All - VIDEO
17. The Victory - VIDEO
 
About Phil Wickham:
Phil Wickham is at his core a humble and sincere artist who writes songs and worships God using the medium of music. It is with that brush that he paints images of a loving and creative God across the canvases of listeners’ hearts and minds. The evidence of this gift has been apparent on all four of his critically acclaimed efforts: Phil Wickham (2006), Cannons (2007), Heaven & Earth (2009) and Response (2011).

The critically acclaimed artist released his most recent studio album Response, last year. The album hit No. 1 on the iTunes Christian/Gospel Albums Chart, debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard Top Christian/Gospel Albums chart, No. 4 on the Christian Soundscan Chart and peaked in the Top 25 on the iTunes overall albums chart.

[Get Connected with Phil Wickham]
Website // www.philwickham.com
Twitter // www.twitter.com/PhilWickham
Facebook // www.facebook.com/philwickham
YouTube // www.youtube.com/philwickham
 
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10/23/2012
Disciple Makes Noise with O God Save Us All November 13

Band to host special live stream concert event November 12at Rocketown in Nashville

11-Track album includes the band’s current Top 5
Christian Rock hit, “Draw The Line”

 Nashville, TN – October 19, 2012 – Following their successful 2010 release, Horseshoes & Handgrenades, FairTrade Services band, Disciple is ready to make some noise once again with the November 13 release of O God Save Us All. The group’s latest project is a tight, vibrant collection of hard-hitting rock songs with a redemptive heart and includes their current hit single “Draw The Line” which has already hit the Top 5 on the Billboard Christian Rock chart and Top 15 at CHR. To kick-off the release of O God Save Us All, Disciple will host a live stream concert at Rocketown in Nashville on November 12. Fans from all across the globe can take part in the exclusive concert through the band’s website, www.DiscipleRocks.com.

 "Record release week is always crazy for us because we can only be in one place at a time," said lead vocalist and band frontman, Kevin Young. "We started talking about how we could share this new music with everybody and this opportunity felt like the perfect way to reach our fans that couldn't attend a release show. This live stream concert will be a full-blown rock show, but we are going to do it storyteller style and talk about these songs - what they mean and why we wrote them. We are really excited about this!"

The 11-track album is complete with turbo-charged sound with a touch of some of the industry’s favorite songwriters. Contributors like Ben Glover (Brandon Heath, Lee Brice) and Seth Mosley (Newsboys) co-wrote tunes with Young on “Outlaws,” “Draw The Line” and “Once And For All.” The band’s current single, “Draw The Line” was also co-written with Glover and Mosley and arrests the listener with slamming rhythm and melodic heart to match. Disciple’s drummer, Trent Reiff steps out from behind the skins for this project to co-write a couple songs, including the album’s title track and next rock single.

 “When I write songs I always ask, ‘how is this going to go over live,’” said Young. “I think when you hear the songs on this album it’s definitely loud, but it goes to a whole different level when you hear it live – everything is turned up a notch, not just in volume, but in the energy and intensity. We want our songs to move people, to get them to respond and give a feeling of being wrapped up in the music and we hope that’s exactly what this record does.”

  

Track Listing for O God Save Us All:
1. Outlaws
2. O God Save Us All
3. R.I.P.
4. Once And For All
5. Someday
6. Draw The Line
7. Kings
8. Unstoppable
9. The One
10. Beautiful Scars
11. Trade A Moment

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10/11/2012
Derek Webb's Ctrl Tops Amazon's Singer-Songwriter Chart and Lands in Top 10 on Overall Alternative Chart
Praise continues to pour in for new studio album, Ctrl
 
Webb's fall tour in support of album set to visit multiple major markets
 
 
Nashville, Tenn. (Oct. 10, 2012) — On the heels of the acclaimed release of his latest studio album, Ctrl, indie pioneer Derek Webb has enjoyed seeing the project crown the Amazon Singer-Songwriter Albums chart, where it peaked in the top spot, as well as the No. 7 position on the overall Alternative chart, just behind Mumford & Sons. In addition to the success of Ctrl, all of Webb’s previous efforts—Feedback, Mockingbird, Stockholm Syndrome, I See Things Upside Down, She Must and Shall Go Free, The Ringing Bell, The House Show—jumped into the Top 50 on the Amazon Christian & Gospel Albums chart.
 
Webb officially unveiled Ctrl on Sept. 4 to stellar reviews and remarkable praise from critics. In addition, the album made its chart debut in the Top 10 on the Christian Soundscan chart.

With Ctrl, Webb breaks new ground sonically with his combination of nylon-string acoustic guitar, Sacred Harp recordings, and hyper-personal lyrics framed in a fictional narrative of his own writing. The combination of these unique musical elements colors a sonic landscape and supports a lyrical palette that Webb painstakingly crafted along with collaborators Josh Moore (co-producer of Ctrl, along with Webb's Stockholm Syndrome and Feedback albums) and Allan Heinberg (Writer/Executive Producer of Grey's Anatomy, 2006-2010). Sacred Harp singing is a tradition of sacred choral music that took root in the Southern region of the United States and is part of the larger tradition of shape note singing. Webb interweaves recordings of the four-part harmony, historic, American art form into his compositions on the 10-track album. 

Here's just a slice of some of the latest praise for Ctrl

“Morally challenging and musically innovative, Derek Webb takes yet another bold step with Ctrl…”
 
—iTunes
 
Ctrl is ultimately a surprising, perplexing, and overall redemptive piece of art.”
 
—Jesus Freak Hideout
 
“Derek Webb delivers a dense, eye-opening masterpiece…”
 
Stereo Subversion
 
 
Webb has crossed the labyrinth of songs with a message by providing a story where the listener takes a meaningful, inward journey. Like standing up a mirror for each of us to see inside ourselves, [Ctrl] has done what few Christian offerings have managed to do in the past. Webb has created a tool for us to use for our spiritual self-improvement.
 
—The Phantom Tollbooth
 
 
Webb is on tour throughout the fall to promote Ctrl, visiting markets including Atlanta, Kansas City and Chicago before wrapping in Richmond, VA, on Nov. 16. Boulder-based indie trio Page CXVI is supporting Webb on tour. For full tour information, please visit www.DerekWebb.com/tour.

About Derek Webb 
Once called "the most dangerous man in the music business," Derek Webb's career, spanning more than 20 years including his tenure in Texas-based folk/rock band Caedmon's Call, has seen album sales over one million records, 10 Dove Award nominations, a Billboard Music Video Award nod and six No. 1 radio hits. Webb's innovative music marketing and distribution strategies (including the founding of NoiseTrade.com) have received national news coverage in USA Today, the LA Times and more. 

[Get Connected with Derek Webb] 
Web site // www.derekwebb.com 
Facebook // www.facebook.com/derekwebb 
Twitter // www.twitter.com/derekwebb 
 
 
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09/20/2012
AUDIO ADRENALINE ANNOUNCES OFFICIAL RETURN

Founding Members Mark Stuart And Will McGinniss Joined By New Band Lineup, Including Friend And Iconic Vocalist Kevin Max

 

Band Will Release New Album In March 2013 In Support of

Hands & Feet Project

     


 

18 September 2012 – Nashville, Tenn - Amidst the speculation and rumors that have been circulating for weeks, Audio Adrenaline officially announce their return. With the same heart, passion and infectious musical prowess they developed as a band in the 1990’s, multi-GRAMMY® award-winning Audio Adrenaline is indeed back and putting together a new lineup of like-minded musicians with the same common goal; to be the voice for orphans in Haiti and around the world. The Know Hope Foundation, supporters of Audio Adrenaline and Hands & Feet Project, as well as record label Fair Trade Services, have joined them in this renewed mission to fund and market a new record from which net proceeds will go to Hands & Feet Project to continue growth and support of the nearly eight-year-old charity.

 Five years ago, the band gathered in Hawaii along with their biggest fans for what they thought was their last performance. Since that emotional finale concert, founding members Mark Stuart and Will McGinniss have tirelessly worked to raise awareness and support for the 100 orphans currently being cared for in Jacmel and Grand Goave, Haiti. Now, with additional new band members and a larger mission goal, there is no question the world is ready for the “new” Audio Adrenaline.

 Stuart and McGinniss are still very much a part of the re-formed band. McGinniss continues his role as the band’s bassist while Stuart, although stepping down as lead vocalist due to his spasmodic dysphonia, causing involuntary muscle spasms of the larynx, is very much a part of band decisions and writing on many of the songs for the new album. Taking over lead vocals is former dcTalk member and industry mainstay Kevin Max, while CCM vets Dave Ghazarian (Superchick) is on guitar, Jared Byers (Bleach) is the band’s drummer, and singer-songwriter Jason Walker plays keys.

 "I've never been more excited about an Audio A record,” shares Stuart. “We've collectively poured into each song for months, and I love every track. Being able to help write and direct the process of putting the band back together has been an absolute joy. I can't wait to see our fans sing along with Kevin on the AA classics and fall in love with the new songs."

 As just released in Billboard, the brand new album is slated to release March 2013. The first single, “Kings And Queens,” will hit Christian radio in November. "It's just an incredible song about this idea of when we love the least of these, God wraps these little orphans in his majesty and they can become kings and queens," Stuart says of the song. "It gives you that idea that these are God's favorites, these little kids that have been forgotten. There's going to be a special place in heaven one day because of what they've been through here. It's just a triumphant, majestic song that just connects so deeply with Hands & Feet and the message of Audio A right now."

 When the decision was made to re-launch the group, there was a lot of thought to who would be the right selection to carry on the mantle of lead vocalist for Audio Adrenaline. When conversations were had with the band’s new manager, Wes Campbell of First Company Management, the idea was raised to talk to Kevin Max, a long-time friend of the band. Most of all, Max understands the passion for orphan care and Hands & Feet because he, just like many of the children at Hands & Feet Project, had been orphaned as a small child.

 McGinniss shares, “We have joined together under the new banner of Audio Adrenaline, yet the common thread that brings all of us together is for a much greater reason. We are beyond excited to finally share why we are putting the band back together.”

 Fair Trade Services, the new label home for Audio Adrenaline, could not be more excited in their unique partnership with Know Hope Foundation and the Hands & Feet Project, and name the band as part of their stellar roster. Shares Jeff Moseley, Fair Trade Services President, “We would like to see the orphans in Haiti taken care of and given a chance to succeed in life. As believers and leaders, we must do good while we are doing well. This is our mandate as followers of Christ and this is our mandate as humans.”

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 ABOUT HANDS & FEET PROJECT

In 2004, the members of Audio Adrenaline founded the Hands & Feet Project. Inspired by fan reaction to the band’s song “Hands and Feet,” HAF is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing long-term, family-style care for orphaned and abandoned children with the love of Christ. They strive to raise a generation of orphaned children who will grow up to reach their God- given potential, while empowering first world citizens to partner with them in service at home and abroad.

 

The organization broke ground on their first Children’s village in Cyvadier, a small town on the Southern coast near Jacmel, and began their journey of serving the forgotten children of the impoverished Caribbean nation. Currently tending to over 70 children in Cyvadier, a second village opened in Grand Goave in 2008 and is caring for 30 children. handsandfeetproject.org.

 

ABOUT FAIR TRADE SERVICES

Fair Trade Services, LLC launched in June 2011 by music industry veteran Jeff Moseley. Fair Trade Services is a partnership based on dialogue, transparency, and respect, formed for the development of remarkable Christian artists who desire artistic excellence, cultural relevance and spiritual significance.  Located in Brentwood, Tennessee, their roster includes MercyMe, Laura Story, Audio Adrenaline, The Afters, Phillips, Craig & Dean, Derek Webb, Sara Groves, Phil Wickham, Disciple, Mark Schultz and more. Fair Trade Services is distributed by Provident Distribution and Sony Music. fairtradeservices.com.

 


 


09/13/2012
Derek Webb Earns Rave Reviews for New Project, Ctrl; Album Debuts in Top 10 on Christian Soundscan Chart
        
 
Nashville, Tenn. (Sept. 13, 2012) — Perennial critical favorite Derek Webb officially unveiled his latest studio album, Ctrl, on Sept. 4 to stellar reviews and remarkable praise from critics. In addition, the album made its chart debut in the Top 10 on the Christian Soundscan chart.
 
With Ctrl, Webb breaks new ground sonically with his combination of nylon-string acoustic guitar, Sacred Harp recordings, and hyper-personal lyrics framed in a fictional narrative of his own writing. The combination of these unique musical elements colors a sonic landscape and supports a lyrical palette that Webb painstakingly crafted along with collaborators Josh Moore (Co-producer of Ctrl, along with Webb's Stockholm Syndrome and Feedback albums) and Allan Heinberg (Writer/Executive Producer of Grey's Anatomy, 2006-2010). Sacred Harp singing is a tradition of sacred choral music that took root in the Southern region of the United States and is part of the larger tradition of shape note singing. Webb interweaves recordings of the four-part harmony, historic, American art form into his compositions on the 10-track album.
 
Here's just a sampling of the overwhelming praise for Ctrl:
 
“Extraordinary and original songwriting that comes together in surprising ways. At points, it's as minimalist as PJ Harvey's White Chalk, and at other points, it's as lush as any Sufjan Stevens album. It's eccentric at all points in between, but wonderfully so."
 
New York Minute Magazine
 
“He has a gifted ear for melody and language, and in these songs he's stripped his songwriting down to those essentials…the tension between straightforward, grounded songs and sonic experimentation is what makes the album work. This album is meant to be probed, explored, wrestled with.
Relevant
 
“Webb's strength is his refusal to shy away from the tension and ambiguity between real and synthetic, pure and toxic, spiritual and physical—life and death.”
Christianity Today 
 
“Melodic, atmospheric and as mellow as anything he’s ever done, Ctrl seems to simultaneously show Derek at his most comfortable and his most uncomfortable. There’s an amazing confidence in his arrangements, production and melodies, especially in the deceptively simplistic, sparser moments. Ctrl contains a treasure trove of musicality, ingenuity, honesty, questions, resolutions and much more. No matter your personal level of interaction with Derek’s music, Ctrl stands on its own merit, delivering amazing musical performances, mind-thumping questions and Derek’s crystal clear, unmistakable vocals. Amazing on its own and possibly more than meets the eye when paired with the NEXUS soundtrack, Ctrl is absolutely worth your time and attention.”
NoiseTrade 
 
Ctrl is pretty much unlike anything else you'll hear this year. It's unique, haunting, and thought provoking … truly deep and artistic, something greater than can be understood in a single sitting, and thus something that will have to be played again.”
New Release Tuesday
 
“[This album is] one that begs you to absorb and take it in. Derek has defined himself as an artist and not just a songwriter.”
Faith Village
 
 
About Derek Webb
Once called "the most dangerous man in the music business", Derek Webb's career, spanning more than 20 years including his tenure in Texas-based folk/rock band Caedmon's Call, has seen album sales over one million records, 10 Dove Award nominations, a Billboard Music Video Award nod and six No. 1 radio hits.  Webb's innovative music marketing and distribution strategies (including the founding of NoiseTrade.com) have received national news coverage in USA Today, the LA Times and more.
 
[Get Connected with Derek Webb]
 
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09/11/2012
Mark Schultz Receives Rave Reviews for Anticipated Release, All Things Possible Available Now


 
Nashville, Tenn. – (September 6, 2012) – Platinum selling artist Mark Schultz reminds us that anything is possible with the release of his new album on FairTrade Services, All Things Possible, available everywhere this week. The album is his first studio release in three years and continues Schultz’ incredible talent of storytelling that fans and critics have widely embraced through the years. The title track of the album continues to climb the charts and was inspired by Schultz’ 3,500 mile bike ride across country to raise money for widows and orphans.

Produced by Pete Kipley (MercyMe/Phil Wickham) and Seth Mosley (Newsboys), All Things Possible reveals new stories as the multi-award-winning artist celebrated becoming a father, made new friends during his year-long stay in Italy with his wife Kate and kicked-off the "Remember Me" project to support orphans.
 
Mark’s street week included a visit to Nashville’s highly-rated morning show, WSMV’s More at Midday to perform his hit single, “All Things Possible.” The single is rising at No. 18 on AC monitored, No. 13 on AC Indicator and No. 7 Soft AC/Inspo with top stations spinning the song, including: KTIS/Minneapolis, KSOS/Las Vegas, WVFJ in Atlanta, The Fish Nashville, WCSG and WJQK in Grand Rapids, among many others. As he heads off to this year’s CMB’s Momentum 2012 conference, rave reviews continue to pour in:

“The approach to this record is as honest and heart-string tugging as any Mark Schultz project; the music has a new dimension as Mark’s own life continues to expand.”
- CCM Magazine

“From the emotional power behind first single “All Things Possible,” to his story-songs of encouragement “One Day,” “Love Walked In” and “More To You Than This” and the upbeat song “I Gave Up,” this album has me singing along in praise to my God and Savior from start to finish.”
- New Release Tuesday

“Listening to All Things Possible is like rediscovering an old friend and finding him at his absolute best, anxious to share all that God has been doing in his life.”
- The Fish 95.5

“Over the past ten years, Schultz has become a household name to many evangelicals, known for his heartfelt stories of family and saving grace. On All Things Possible, he continues carving out his place in the contemporary Christian world.”
- Christianity Today

“Mark is rediscovering what’s at the heart of his faith and ministry – the unconditional love of God… a love that makes all things new, and well… possible.”
- Family Christian

“With these ten tracks encompassing many musical genres and with a freshness similar to how Michael W Smith reinvents himself; the Fair Trade Services debut is something to savor, and something to check out on iTunes as well. Well done Mark, this 3-year wait is well worth it!”
- Christian Music Zine
 
“Mark Schultz is a master at crafting lyrics, telling small stories with big implications, theologizing in every day language…and his latest release All Things Possible has all that, and then some.”
- Worship Leader

“[Mark] sticks to his storytelling script for more spine-chillers and hand-clappers…In keeping with his tradition of signature songs like ‘He’s My Son’ and ‘Letters From War,’ ‘One Day’ is sure to pull on the heartstrings…”
- WatchGMCtv

“I thoroughly enjoyed this album. It left me with a smile on my face and a sense of peace in my soul.”
- Louder Than the Music

Originally hailing from Colby, KS., Mark Schultz moved to Nashville to pursue his musical ambitions and found inspiration while working as a youth pastor. Schultz booked a show at the city’s famed Ryman Auditorium and with the overwhelming support of friends and family, the show was a sell-out. This virtually unheard-of feat for a new artist landed Schultz a record deal where he went on to sell over 1.3 million albums and garner 10 No. 1 singles to date. He has landed the top spot on Billboard magazine’s Christian Adult Contemporary Songwriter list and has been featured on “48 Hours” and “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.” In 2011, Schultz released his first instrumental album, Renaissance and his first novella, titled “Letters From War,” based on the his hit song. His 2005 release, Mark Schultz Live: A Night of Stories & Songs, was certified Platinum by the R.I.A.A. and earned Schultz his first GMA Dove Award.

WSMV's More at Midday
 
[Get Connected with Mark Schultz]
Website // www.markschultzmusic.com
Twitter // www.twitter.com/mschultzmusic
Facebook // www.facebook.com/markschultz  
 
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08/21/2012
Derek Webb Builds Buzz for New Studio Album, Ctrl, with Online Unveiling Ahead of Official Release
Webb breaks new ground sonically with his combination of nylon-string acoustic guitar, Sacred Harp recordings, and hyper-personal lyrics framed in a fictional narrative of his own writing

Critically acclaimed singer-songwriter Derek Webb will officially release, Ctrl, the highly anticipated follow up to 2009’s Stockholm Syndrome, on September 4, 2012 via Fair Trade Services. However, the always fan community-minded Webb has already made the album available in its entirety on his website, derekwebb.com.

"Ctrl is based on a story I wrote with two of my closest friends, Josh Moore (Co-producer of Ctrl, along with Webb's Stockholm Syndrome, and Feedback albums) and Allan Heinberg (Writer/Executive Producer of Grey's Anatomy, 2006-2010),” says Webb. “It's an album about one man's desire for something he cannot have because it isn't real, the journey he goes on pursuing it, and the costs of that journey. But essentially, Ctrl is both personal autopsy and cultural observation about how we use technology to try and control our lives, and my concern that it could ultimately have more control of us."

Characterized by nylon-string guitar, drum machines and Sacred Harp recordings, Ctrl combines these unique musical elements to color a sonic landscape and support a lyrical palette that Webb painstakingly crafted along with collaborators Moore and Heinberg. Sacred Harp singing is a tradition of sacred choral music that took root in the Southern region of the United States and is part of the larger tradition of shape note singing. Webb interweaves recordings of the four-part harmony, historic, American art form into his compositions on the 10-track album.

Although it’s only been available for a week, Ctrl already has everyone talking, returning rave reviews from fans, blogs & publications alike, exemplified by these excerpts from RELEVANT magazine's glowing review:

Rating: 9/10

"A startling…musical conversation that spans three centuries."

"The clash of sounds--the very old with the very new--hit me in the gut."

"This album is meant to be probed, explored, wrestled with." 

Ctrl Track Listing:

  1. And See The Flaming Skies
  2. A City With No Name
  3. Can't Sleep
  4. Blocks
  5. Pressing On The Bruise
  6. Attonitos Gloria
  7. I Feel Everything
  8. Reanimate
  9. A Real Ghost
  10. 10.  Around Every Corner

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About Derek Webb

Once called "the most dangerous man in the music business", Derek Webb's career, spanning more than 20 years including his tenure in Texas-based folk/rock band Caedmon's Call, has seen album sales over one million records, 10 Dove Award nominations, a Billboard Music Video Award nod and six No. 1 radio hits.  Webb's innovative music marketing and distribution strategies (including the founding of NoiseTrade.com) have received national news coverage in USA Today, the LA Times and more.

 

[Get Connected with Derek Webb]:

www.derekwebb.com

www.facebook.com/derekwebb

twitter.com/derekwebb

 

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08/08/2012
Jenny Simmons of Addison Road Embarks on Solo Career; Debut Project from Acclaimed Singer Due February 12
 

 

Jenny Simmons of Addison Road Embarks on Solo Career;

Debut Project from Acclaimed Singer Due February 12

 

Lead Single, "Heaven Waits For Me," Impacts Radio in September

 

Addison Road Announces Amicable Disbandment

 

Nashville, TN, Aug. 1, 2012: Critically acclaimed singer and songwriter Jenny Simmons, who helmed the Dove Award-nominated band Addison Road, will unveil her debut solo album early next year. The project, The Becoming, will release on February 12, 2013, and will be preceded by the lead radio single, "Heaven Waits For Me," which goes for adds at radio on Sept. 14th.

 

Partnering with her long-time record label, Fair Trade Services, and the masterful production skills of Paul Moak (Mat Kearney, Third Day) and Seth Mosley (Newsboys), Simmons penned The Becoming in the wake of Addison Road deciding to amicably disband. After years of touring and giving Christian music fans powerful songs such as "Hope Now," "What Do I Know of Holy," "All That Matters" and "This Little Light of Mine," the decade-old band is stepping off the stage.

 

"As a band, we have collectively decided to put a definite end to Addison Road," she states. Simmons, who started the band with her then-fiancee, Ryan (now husband of 10 years), at Baylor University in 2000 says its the best break-up she’s ever been a part of. “I hate break-ups, but this was as beautiful as a split can be! The guys were tired of living out of buses and leaving their families behind. In our case it was taking a toll on our marriage to raise our daughter on the road, work together, and then try and be married at the end of the day. After our 2010 tour with Tenth Avenue North and Matt Maher, it became clear to each of us that God was releasing us from Addison Road and ushering each of us as individuals into new seasons.” 

 

The Texas-based band debuted with their self-titled record in 2008 that garnered the band their first Dove nomination for Best New Artist, was featured as an iTunes® Discovery Download and garnered a No. 1 single with "All That Matters." They released their critically acclaimed sophomore album, Stories, in 2010, which featured the hit single "Fight Another Day."

 

Since her emergence on the music scene, Simmons’ vocal abilities have impressed critics and fans alike, lending an honest and authentic voice to lyrics that hit listeners with disarming relevance. Media outlets have described her vocals as "vulnerable and sincere" (ChristianMusicReview.org), as well as "piercing and chameleon" (Phantom Tollbooth). 

 

"I believe in every single word and note on the album," Simmons explains in regard to The Becoming. "I believe this project is exactly what I am supposed to say to the world, and I'm so excited to share it with everyone."

 

Simmons will mark her solo debut with a performance on August 12th at Live Oak Music Hall & Lounge in Fort Worth, Tex. For more information, please visit JennySimmons.com.

 

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About Jenny Simmons:

Acclaimed singer and songwriter Jenny Simmons burst onto the music scene as the lead singer of Dallas-based band Addison Road with their major-label, eponymous debut in 2008. Addison Road garnered the band their first Dove nomination for Best New Artist in 2009. One of the album's tracks, "All That Matters," was featured as an iTunes® Discovery Download, and the song later garnered the band a No. 1 hit. "All That Matters" and "Sticking With You" were the ninth and 15th most-played songs on Christian CHR chart for 2008.  Addison Road released their critically acclaimed sophomore album, Stories, in 2010, which featured the hit single "Fight Another Day." Heralded for her striking, powerful vocals by critics and fans, Simmons will release her debut memoir, Mangledy-Bangledy: The Road To Becoming, as well as her debut solo album, The Becoming, in February 2013.

 

[Get Connected with Jenny Simmons]:

07/20/2012
Skillet’s Jen Ledger Named “Rising Star” in Drum Magazine’s 2012 Drummies Award
**MEDIA ALERT**
 
Skillet’s Jen Ledger Named “Rising Star” in Drum Magazine’s 2012 Drummies Award
 
Nashville, TN – July 2, 2012 – Grammy-nominated Atlantic recording group Skillet can now add “Drummies Award” to their list of notable achievements. Drum Magazine’s annual “Drummies Award” named Skillet’s Jen Ledger this year’s “Rising Star” in company along with drummers Chris Dave (Adele), Mike Johnstone, Dana Filloon (Junius) and Luke Holland (The Word Alive).
 
Check out this year’s Drummies Award winners here: http://www.drummagazine.com/drummies/awards
 
Skillet was named as one of the highest ranking artists featured in Billboard’s annual “The Year In Music” issue for 2011. Their album, Awake, which is nearing Platinum certification, debuted at No. 2 on Billboard’s Top 200 chart. The band will return to the studio this Fall to begin recording their forthcoming studio album with renowned Grammy-nominated producer Howard Benson (Bon Jovi, Kelly Clarkson, Daughtry, Gavin DeGraw, My Chemical Romance, Three Days Grace).
 
Skillet Publicity Photo, Photo Credit: David Molnar
Jen Ledger Photo, Photo Credit: Byran Smoak
 
[Get Connected with Skillet]
07/20/2012
MercyMe's "The Hurt & The Healer" Dominates at Radio, Now Spending One Month in No. 1 Spot on Billboard's Christian AC Chart
 
MercyMe's "The Hurt & The Healer" Dominates at Radio,
Now Spending One Month in No. 1 Spot on Billboard's Christian AC Chart

New live-performance video of  title-track lead single just released

Nashville, TN, June 28, 2012: Proving their unparalleled ability to connect with listeners, Grammy-nominated, American Music Award and multiple GMA Dove Award winners MercyMe have been standing tall in the top spot on the Christian AC chart for a solid month now, with their multi-week No. 1 smash "The Hurt & The Healer."

As the lead single from the studio album of the same name--the band's seventh project--the song has also snagged the No. 1 position for multiple weeks on other charts including AC Indicator, National Christian Audience and the Soft/AC Inspo chart. In addition, MercyMe have released a live performance video of the track, filmed during a recent tour stop.
 
This success at radio caps off the month following the release of their newest album via Fair Trade Services, which was met with overwhelming critical praise, including the following:

"With all of their success, MercyMe might have thought getting ‘comfortable’ would be the easy route.  But this latest album shows that the band continues to push itself to greatness. They tackle difficult subjects and stretch themselves musically…this is their best project to date." - CCM Magazine

"All the way around, Healer is sure to please, with enough diversity and pathos to continue to provide encouragement and inspiration to the fans who have made MercyMe one of the most beloved acts in Christian music." - Crosswalk

"Full of heart, melody, and sure to find a massive radio time, The Hurt and the Healer stays the course. The strength of one of the most eminent bands in Christian music has always been their ability to have fun. MercyMe don’t take themselves too seriously, leaving them able to provide musical insight for full radio-friendly impact." - Worship Leader

As the band celebrates their new album, MercyMe will visit markets across the country throughout the summer. More information about tour dates can be found on MercyMe’s official site. 

For more information on MercyMe and The Hurt & The Healer, please go to www.mercyme.org. 

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About MercyMe 
Since their debut in 2001, Grammy-nominated, American Music Award and multiple GMA Dove Award winners MercyMe have sold over 6 million units in CD and DVD sales, while being one of few Contemporary Christian music groups to have had all of their recordings certified Gold or Platinum, as well as garner 23 No.1 multi-format Christian radio singles, and four consecutive mainstream radio hits with “I Can Only Imagine,” (No. 4 AC/top 25 on Top 40/Hot AC), “Here With Me” (No. 4 AC), “Homesick” (top 10 AC), and “So Long Self.” In 2009, BILLBOARD named MercyMe's "Word Of God Speak" the #1 Song of The Decade and the group the #1 Christian Songs Artist of the Decade, with an additional #1 as the Christian AC Song Artist of The Decade as one of the industry's most notable talents. MercyMe made history as “I Can Only Imagine” surpassed 1 million digital downloads, making it the first song in Christian music to go platinum in the digital domain. The multi-platinum selling band has sold out venues including Radio City Music Hall and has been seen on The Tonight Show, CNN, Fox New Channel’s Fox & Friends, ABC News, CBS’s The Early Show, and on the pages of Entertainment Weekly, The New York Times, USA Today, Billboard, and more. www.mercyme.org
07/20/2012
MercyMe Unveils "The Making of The Hurt & The Healer" short film at MercyMe.org this week
 

 

 

 

 

 

MercyMe Unveils "The Making of The Hurt & The Healer" short film at MercyMe.org this week

To be released on iTunes® this fall

 

 

Nashville, TN....June 18, 2012... Following their month-long domination at No. 1 on the Christian AC radio chart with the title track from their   best-selling CD The Hurt & The Healer, the multi-platinum, Grammy-nominated, American Music Award and multiple GMA Dove Award winning band MercyMe has delivered The Making of The Hurt & The Healer  short film.   MercyMe unveils it at MercyMe.org this week, where for a limited time it will be available direct to fans first for $5. This fall it will be available through iTunes®.  

 

With a total running time of just over 30 minutes, The Making of The Hurt & The Healer includes high definition video filmed in the recording studio and on the road over the course of eight months.  In addition to live perfmormances of "The Hurt & The Healer" and "You are I Am,"  the film features footage from the studio, bloopers, interviews with the guys telling stories behind the songs, and an overall,  true behind-the-scenes look at the beginning to end creation of The Hurt & The Healer.    Click here to view the trailer. 

 

As MercyMe visits markets across the country throughout the summer,FairTrade will release the next single,  "You Are I Am," on August 17th, the follow-up to their No. 1 hit, "The Hurt & The Healer." 

 

[Get Connected with MercyMe]

 

Website - http://mercyme.org

Twitter- @mercyme

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"The Hurt & The Healer " video

 

About MercyMe 
Since their debut in 2001, Grammy-nominated, American Music Award and multiple GMA Dove Award winners MercyMe have sold over 6 million units in CD and DVD sales, while being one of few Contemporary Christian music groups to have had all of their recordings certified Gold or Platinum, as well as garner 23 No.1 multi-format Christian radio singles, and four consecutive mainstream radio hits with “I Can Only Imagine,” (No. 4 AC/top 25 on Top 40/Hot AC), “Here With Me” (No. 4 AC), “Homesick” (top 10 AC), and “So Long Self.” In 2009, BILLBOARD named MercyMe's "Word Of God Speak" the #1 Song of The Decade and the group the #1 Christian Songs Artist of the Decade, with an additional #1 as the Christian AC Song Artist of The Decade as one of the industry's most notable talents. MercyMe made history as “I Can Only Imagine” surpassed 1 million digital downloads, making it the first song in Christian music to go platinum in the digital domain. The multi-platinum selling band has sold out venues including Radio City Music Hall and has been seen on The Tonight Show, CNN, Fox New Channel’s Fox & Friends, ABC News, CBS’s The Early Show, and on the pages of Entertainment Weekly, The New York Times, USA Today, Billboard, and more. 

05/17/2012
"On My Own" goes TOP 10!

April 18, 2012

Great news! Our single "On My Own" went TOP 10 at CHR radio this week! A milestone for the band!

03/22/2012
New Music From The Afters To Appear in the Upcoming Feature Film October Baby Music Video for “Life Is Beautiful” Premieres Prior To Film’s Theatrical Release on March 23rd
Fans looking for an early preview of new music from chart-topping foursome The Afters will have their chance later this month as the band’s song “Life Is Beautiful” is featured in the upcoming feature film October Baby. Releasing nationwide on March 23 via Provident Films, the movie’s closing credits play to “Life Is Beautiful,” a newly penned song from the band’s forthcoming Fall 2012 studio album. Before the movie hits theaters, however, the music video for the song, which also features footage from the film, is available to view online at TheAfters.com. GodTube exclusively premiered the video for "Life Is Beautiful" on their site yesterday, and the video received over 30,000 views within the first 24 hours.

“It's an honor to be able to partner with a movie that promotes love, acceptance, forgiveness, and mercy in such a poignant and effective way,” says lead singer Josh Havens. “We hope that the song and the movie remind people of all the things that make every life beautiful!”

Already having had their music placed in TV promotions for “The Biggest Loser,” “Army Wives” and “You Deserve It,” as well as in the trailer for last year’s feature film New Year’s Eve, The Afters are no strangers to their music receiving national film and television exposure. The band’s third record Light Up the Sky bolstered two No. 1 radio hits—“Light Up The Sky" and "Lift Me Up." The Afters’ current singles include the Top 5 Billboard Christian CHR song “We Won’t Give Up" and the newly released AC single “I Am Yours.”

October Baby—premiering nationwide March 23—marks the feature film debut of award-winning music video directors Jon and Andrew Erwin. It tells the story of Hannah, a 19-year-old college freshman whose world is rocked by learning she is the adopted survivor of an attempted abortion. The realization leads Hannah on a journey to find her birth mother, but it is the power of forgiveness she ultimately discovers. The film earned the Grand Jury Prize for Best Fiction Feature at the Red Rock Film Festival and was named Audience Choice Feature Film at the Omaha Film Festival. In support of the film’s life-affirming theme, the producers of October Baby have assigned 10 percent of the profits of the film to the Every Life is Beautiful Fund. More information can be found at www.EveryLifeIsBeautiful.com. Visit the film’s official website at www.OctoberBabyMovie.net

03/22/2012
Decorated Trio Phillips, Craig & Dean's Breathe In Bows With Strong and Exciting Debut Week
“When The Stars Burn Down” Continues Climbing at Radio with Tremendous Chart Momentum
 
Album Release Concerts Performed for Capacity Crowds In All Markets; Additional Show Added Due To Fan Demand
 
Breathe In Receives Media Acclaim Upon Release
On the heels of a street week filled with overwhelmingly positive reviews, several sold-out album release concerts and their single “When The Stars Burn Down” poised to crown radio charts, it’s good to be Phillips, Craig & Dean! Their latest recording Breathe In (Fair Trade Services) bowed at retail last Tuesday, March 13. This, their 12th studio album, entered the Billboard Christian Soundscan charts at No. 4, and in digital sales, the project peaked at No. 4 on the iTunes® Christian Albums chart. “When The Stars Burn Down” continues to burn up the charts at radio, seizing the No. 2 spot on the Billboard Christian Soft AC/INSPO radio chart, the No. 7 position on the Billboard Christian Audience Chart and No. 12 on the AC chart. Phillips, Craig & Dean also embarked on a street-week promo tour with hugely popular shows in Dallas, Minneapolis, St. Louis and Winston-Salem, N.C.
 
The Breathe In album release promotional concerts garnered sell-out crowds on Mon., March 12 at Gateway Church in Dallas, Tues., March 13 in Minneapolis at Mall of America, Wed., March 14 in Winston-Salem, and Thurs., March 15 in St. Louis at Calvary Church. The shows were massively successful in all markets, with the St. Louis show having 1800 tickets snatched in just a few minutes for the early show. Because of demand, an additional show was added for the mid-afternoon for an additional 1000 listeners. Over 3500 attended the street-week kickoff show in Dallas, and 4000 fans crowded into the rotunda at Minneapolis’ Mall of America to see the band perform.
 
Produced by Bernie Herms and Nathan Nockels, the 10-track album features songs co-written by each band member including “Tell Your Heart To Beat Again," "All Is Well" and “I Choose To Believe." Breathe In speaks life into a world so full of frustration and struggle. Twenty one years into their storied career, Phillips Craig & Dean offer another ground-breaking collection of songs poised to minister to the hurting, lead believers in powerful praise, and point the broken to Christ. 
 
Reviews of Breathe In are matching the eager reception at radio and among fans. Below is just a sample of what the critics are saying…
 
“With two decades under their belts and well over 20 chart-topping singles, Phillips, Craig & Dean doesn“t show signs of slowing down anytime soon. The trio’s twelfth studio disc follows in the footsteps of its career revival cut “Revelation Song,” promising plenty of string-soaked worship and inspiring contemporary pop reflections.”
Gospel Music Channel
 
“On Breathe In, Randy Phillips, Shawn Craig, and Dan Dean illustrate why they’ve enjoyed longevity: They consistently produce quality music and well-written songs while remaining musically relevant. Breathe In is a glowing showcase for time-tested musical trio Phillips, Craig & Dean. The three solidly demonstrate musical relevance, songwriting skills, and vocals that sound better than ever. The group is clearly still having fun after all these years!” – New Release Tuesday
 
“…with vertical songwriting as well as modern arrangements…Songs like the powerful “Great, Great God” carry a congregational chorus, while the modern hymn “All Is Well” is suited for churches or personal worship alike. As their rendition of 2010 Song of the Year “Revelation Song” indicated, PC&D have only gotten stronger with time.” – CCM
 
“The suitably rousing opener, "Great and Glorious," the inspirational singalong of lead single "When the Stars Burn Down," and the hymnal-like rock of "Great I Am" burst out of the block with an emphatic production from Bernie Herms (Casting Crowns) and regular collaborator Nathan Nockels…” – All Music Guide
 
“Their latest album aims to bridge the two sides of their musical worlds, reining in the group's more fist-pumping ways while adding some spice to their quieter ballads.”
 – Christianity Today 
03/16/2012
MercyMe To Deliver The Hurt And The Healer May 22
Band to launch spring headline tour April 19
 
With an uninterrupted string of 23 #1 career singles, the award-winning and multi-platinum selling band sure seems to have another hit on their hands with the title track and single 'The Hurt & The Healer" garnering a whopping 61 adds from AC, CHR and Inspo formats combined. In addition, the single even debuted at No. 28 on the AC-Monitored and No. 29 on the AC-Indicator charts its first week out.  
 
"The Hurt & The Healer is a celebration of that moment when these two worlds collide.... the deep need for healing and the God who provides it, " remarks lead vocalist Bart Millard. 
 
Produced by Brown Bannister and Dan Muckala, The Hurt & The Healer features signature MercyMe anthems, engaging pop songs and worshipful and intimate moments.
 
"For whatever reason, God has called us to help people through the healing process, so as we began this project, we thought, 'do we even try to fight it, this is kind of who we are,' " said Millard recalling songs like their worldwide hit "I Can Only Imagine," "Homesick," "Bring the Rain," "Finally Home" and more.  "The idea is to create an album to help bring healing to people, but not just healing; even in the midst of life's worst moments, there's this irony of feeling more alive than anytime before; that moment when we embrace our kids a little tighter and we reevaluate what's important in life," he continues. "The whole album revolves around this common theme, but it's not all really heavy.  We hope it helps people get to a better place in these moments that seem to cripple us at times."
 
On April 19, just after closing out another successful Rock and Worship Roadshow tour, MercyMe will embark on a headline tour also featuring Chris August and Moriah Peters. More dates are currently being added, and current shows can be seen below or by visiting MercyMe's website
 
About MercyMe
Since their debut in 2001, Grammy-nominated, American Music Award and multiple GMA Dove Award winners MercyMe have sold over 6 million units in CD and DVD sales, while being one of few Contemporary Christian music groups to have had all of their recordings certified Gold or Platinum, as well as garner 23 No.1 multi-format Christian radio singles, and four consecutive mainstream radio hits with “I Can Only Imagine,” (No. 4 AC/top 25 on Top 40/Hot AC), “Here With Me” (No. 4 AC), “Homesick” (top 10 AC), and “So Long Self.”  In 2009, BILLBOARD named MercyMe's "Word Of God Speak" the #1 Song of The Decade and the group the #1 Christian Songs Artist of the Decade, with an additional #1 as the Christian AC Song Artist of The Decade as one of the industry's most notable talents. MercyMe made history as “I Can Only Imagine” surpassed 1 million digital downloads, making it the first song in Christian music to go platinum in the digital domain.  The multi-platinum selling band has sold out venues including Radio City Music Hall and has been seen on The Tonight Show, CNN, Fox New Channel¹s Fox & Friends, ABC News, CBS¹ The Early Show, and on the pages of Entertainment Weekly, The New York Times, USA Today, Billboard, and more. www.mercyme.org  
 
MercyMe spring tour dates
Thurs, April 19 –
PANAMA CITY, FL – Marina Civic Center
Fri, April 20 –
PENSACOLA, FL – Extraordinary Women Conference-Pensacola Civic Center
Sat, April 21 –
HAIWASSEE, GA – Anderson Music Hall
Sun, April 22 –
MURFREESBORO, TN – World Outreach Church
Fri, April 27 –
BIRMINGHAM, AL – Extraordinary Women Conference-BJCC Arena
Thurs, May 3 –
AGAWAM, MA – Bethany Assembly of God
Fri, May 4 –
PORTLAND, ME – University of Southern Maine
Sat, May 5 –
MONCTON, NEW BRUNSWICK (CAN) - Moncton Wesleyan Church
Sat, May 6 
HOULTON, ME - Millar Arena
Thurs, May 10 –
MCALLEN, TX – McAllen Convention Center
Fri, May 11 –
SAN ANTONIO, TX – Castle Hills First Baptist Church
Sat, May 12 –
LUFKIN, TX – George H. Henderson Expo Center
 
Press Contact:
Velvet Kelm, Jess Draper or Fain Spray
the media collective
615.591-7989
velvet@theMcollective.com
jess@theMcollective.com
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03/16/2012
JONNY DIAZ'S SINGLE "SCARS" IMPACTING LISTENERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY
Fair Trade Services artist and storyteller Jonny Diaz continues to impact the music listener with his powerful lyrics and heartfelt songs. With his brand new radio single "Scars," the song follows Diaz's other well-known radio hits such as "Break My Heart" and "Beauty of the Cross," as well as his 2010 top hit "More Beautiful You." 
 
The important message of "Scars" is poignant during this Easter season, yet it's also a song that Diaz will surely be playing for years to come. Be sure to click here to listen to the song, and to watch Diaz share the message behind the writing of "Scars" here.
 
The single, which is being added to stations across the country, is obtaining new adds weekly and already receiving an overwhelming response from fans and radio stations of how it has deeply impacted them.
 
Greg Cassidy, Music Director/Morning Show Host from JOY-FM in St. Louis, shares, "From the first time I heard ‘Scars,’ I really felt it was a song that would connect with our community. We all have scars – though they are different scars for different people. We’ve all been in that place. Whatever you're are suffering through, ‘Scars’ is a reminder that Jesus’ scars cover ours! So powerful. While it may be top of mind this Easter season, it is a theme that is timeless. Great writing from Jonny D!"
  
After fans have recently seen Diaz in concert performing the song, numerous comments have been rolling in. From "breathtaking" to "loving it," a fan also posted, "Thank you so much for playing 'Scars.' I really believe it's why I was there (at the show) tonight." Another fan wrote, "Scars is your best song yet! Oh my goodness it is amazing!!"
 
For more information about Jonny Diaz, interview requests and more, please contact:
 
Merge PR
Stacie Vining
Stacie@Mergepr.com
615.260.4679
"Scars"
written by Jonny Diaz
 
She holds for dear life to the ends of the sleeves in her hands
Covering up lies that she wrote with a razor sharp pen
And the sting of the blade is no match for the pain
of the loneliness that she's going through, but we've all been there too
 
Praise God, we don't have to hide scars
They just strengthen our wounds and they soften our hearts
They remind us of where we have been
But not who we are
So praise God, praise God we don't have to hide scars
 
You can still see the mark on his hand
Where there once was a ring
He watched decades of history dissolve when she wanted to leave
And the hole that it left there
Inside of his chest is a canyon a thousand miles deep
We all know how that feels
 
Praise God we don't have to hide scars
They just strengthen our wounds, and they soften our hearts
They remind us that where we have been
But not who we are
So praise God, praise God we don't have to hide scars
 
There once was a king who so burdened with grief
Walked into death so that we could find peace
He rose up with scars on His hands and His feet
by them we are healed, by them we are healed
 
So praise God we don't have to hide scars
Yeah we know his are covering ours
Praise God we don't have to hide scars
They just strengthen our wounds and they soften our hearts
They remind us of where we have been But not who we are
So praise God, praise God
Oh, praise God, praise God, praise God we don't have to hide scars
02/14/2012
BELOVED TRIO PHILLIPS, CRAIG & DEAN RETURN WITH NEW PROJECT, BREATHE IN, ON MARCH 13
 
Lead single, “When The Stars Burn Down,”
Quickly Climbing Charts at Christian Radio
 
After more than 20 years and 20 No. 1 singles together, Phillips, Craig & Dean will debut their 12th studio project, Breathe In, on March 13 via Fair Trade Services. This release follows the stellar success of their Dove Award-winning album Fearless. That project’s breakout single, "Revelation Song," was the longest running single of 2009, spending a whopping 17 weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Christian charts and nearly a year in the Top 10. Produced by Bernie Herms (Casting Crowns, Natalie Grant) and the group’s longtime collaborator Nathan Nockels (Chris Tomlin, Laura Story), Breathe In keeps PC&D’s signature harmonies in place while continuing to push the boundaries of praise and worship music into more eclectic, progressive musical territory.
 
Breathe In speaks life into a world so full of frustration and struggle. “Daily life can be so deflating,” says Randy Phillips. “You get to where it’s metal on metal and you feel oxygen-depleted. This is where you come into the presence of God, and you just kneel before Him, you say, ‘God, I can’t do this anymore, I’m deflated.’ And you begin to breathe in those words of Jesus Christ: ‘Come to me, all you who are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest.’ Breathe in that. It inflates you and helps you to rise above the things that life brings to all of us.”
 
The album’s extraordinary lead single, “When the Stars Burn Down,” was written by Jennie Lee Riddle (“Revelation Song”) and Jonathan Lee and transports listeners beyond the temporal to a place of unfettered worship. The song has already soared into the Top 5 on the Inspo chart and the Top 20 on the AC chart after only four weeks at radio.           
 
Since Phillips Craig & Dean are senior pastors at churches in Texas and Missouri in addition to their roles as artists, it’s no surprise that these songs minster so effectively. As Dan Dean notes, “I think all the songs we write are part of the experiences that we go through day to day with our church people. I would say 90 percent of the things we write are born out of experiences going through life as pastors.”
 
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About Phillips, Craig & Dean:
Since forming more than 20 years ago, Fair Trade Services' Phillips, Craig & Dean have released 11 albums which have now produced 20 No. 1 radio hits, almost three million records sold, two GMA Dove Award wins, including the Inspirational Album of the Year for their 2009 release, Fearless, in addition to 10 GMA Dove Award nominations. Their 12th studio album, Breathe In, will release on March 13, 2012. For more information, please visit  www.phillipscraiganddean.com.
 
 
Media contact:
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the media collective
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02/14/2012
ACCLAIMED ARTIST LAURA STORY CELEBRATES DOUBLE "BLESSINGS" WITH FIRST GRAMMY® WIN AND FIRST CHILD DUE THIS FALL

  Laura and Martin

 

Celebrated Fair Trade Services recording artist Laura Story picked up her first GRAMMY® at yesterday’s awards ceremony, winning “Best Contemporary Christian Song” for her No. 1 hit “Blessings.”  This GRAMMY® win crowns an immensely successful period for the decorated worship leader after she garnered five Dove nominations, a No. 1 hit song and a best-selling sophomore album Blessings in less than a year’s time.

“Blessings,” which was released last year, was in rotation at over 100 Billboard Christian format reporting stations going No. 1 at Christian AC, Inspo and the National Audience charts for multiple weeks. Additionally, the song also held the No. 1 spot on the iTunes® Christian/Gospel Top Songs chart for 28 consecutive weeks. The critically acclaimed album, Blessings debuted at No. 4 on Soundscan’s Overall chart and has remained one of Christian music’s best sellers to date. 

In addition, Story and her husband, Martin, recently learned they are expecting their first child, due later this year. 

"What an amazing season this has been!" says Story. "Martin and I have been so thankful to find out that we are expecting, and then this GRAMMY surprise was the cherry on top! We are both humbled and so grateful to God for this and pray that any attention the song "Blessings" receives will be used by God to bring hope to others who are walking hard roads. May God's faithfulness be seen in this above all things. Thanks to all who are celebrating with us."

Story’s new single, "What A Savior," is also experiencing success at Christian radio and is currently No. 17 on the Billboard Christian AC chart. Top stations and networks currently playing the song include K-LOVE, WAY-FM, KLTY/Dallas, KSBJ/Houston, Fish Atlanta/Nashville/Sacramento, KTIS/Minneapolis and JoyFM/St. Louis.

Story kicks off the "Girls Night Live Tour" with Mandisa next week in Omaha, Neb. The tour will visit over 30 cities within the next two months and will also feature special guests Anita Renfroe and Jamie Grace in select cities. For more information visit www.girlsnightlive.com

What If Your Blessings Come Through Raindrops?, the first book by Story, will release March 13 by Freeman-Smith, a division of Worthy Publishing.  The 30-day devotional is based on her song, “Blessings,” and contains Story’s personal reflections garnered from her own journey, along with prayers, quotes and a journaling page for readers to recount how blessings have impacted their own lives.

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About Laura Story: 
Laura Story, a talented worship leader and songwriter known for penning hit worship songs such as “Indescribable” made famous by Chris Tomlin, made her music debut in 2008 with her first release Great God Who Saves (INO Records). Great God Who Saves garnered her four Dove nominations in 2009, at which she took home her first award for “Inspirational Album of the Year.” In 2011, she also nabbed another nomination for “Female Vocalist of the Year.” Her hit single “Mighty To Save” earned a No. 1 Soft AC/Inspo and Top 10 AC hit at Christian radio.  Also in 2011, Story revealed twelve new inspirational tracks on her sophomore release titled Blessings. Story teamed up with producer Nathan Nockels (Passion, Philips, Craig & Dean, Point of Grace) and delivered a worship project that exudes constant threads of pop energy and singer-songwriter warmth. The title-track immediately became a fan favorite as it topped the iTunes ® Christian/Gospel Top Songs chart and held the No. 1 spot for 28 consecutive weeks. For more information on Story, please go to www.laurastorymusic.com 

 

02/06/2012
Jeremy Horn to Release Ardent Records/Fair Trade Services Debut, Sound of The Broken, on March 6 - “Surrender” from Memphis-based Worship Leader Impacting Radio Now
Jeremy Horn to Release Ardent Records/Fair Trade Services Debut,  
Sound of The Broken, on March 6
 
“Surrender” from Memphis-based Worship Leader Impacting Radio Now
 
Nashville, Tenn. Feb. 2, 2012…  The Ardent Records, Fair Trade Services debut of Memphis worship leader Jeremy Horn will hit stores on March 6. Horn’s first collection of music is titled Sound of the Broken, and features the current radio single “Surrender.”
 
A Memphis native and worship leader, Horn truly understands the beauty and power of worship. Co-produced by Horn with the help of James Joseph (Todd Agnew) and Curry Weber (Todd Agnew, Joy Whitlock), this 10-song album reminds us that God’s sprit truly rests inside of broken people. From the opening track and title cut, “Sound of the Broken,” which uses Acts 3 as its basis, to the closing track, “This Reflection,” which reminds us of God’s grace, Horn uses his worship talents to truly put the album’s message into perspective.
 
Already hitting the airwaves, lead radio single “Surrender” speaks to those who have tried to find fulfillment in areas of their life other than God, whether it be their marriage, kids, or career. “When we bring Christ into our life, He brings a new creation and a new redemption that brings us hope and peace; there’s something beautiful about surrendering our life to that,” explains Horn. To watch the story behind “Surrender,” visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qcDLE6ojKYg&feature=youtu.be.
 
Horn’s passion for worship music and his desire to use it as a tool of service to God has resulted in his role as the worship leader of Christ the Rock Church, but his ministry expands even further.  As part of his commitment to making music that can serve the church, Horn posts “How to Play” videos for worship leaders, including one with instructions for “Surrender,” the single from Sound of the Broken. To view Horn’s videos, visit http://www.jeremyhornmusic.com/resources.
 
“Worship can mean living your life for the glory of Christ, living your life to share Him with others,” Horn says. “Worship can be the outpouring of our hearts in singing and proclaiming who God is to ourselves and to others. It’s making Jesus bigger on Earth and in our lives.”
 
For the latest touring information, visit http://www.jeremyhornmusic.com/.
 
About Jeremy Horn:
Born and raised in Memphis, Tenn., Jeremy Horn is a worship leader and singer-songwriter as well as a married father of two young boys. Aside from touring and his work as an artist, he is the worship leader of Christ the Rock Church. Sound of the Broken will release through Ardent Records/Fair Trade Services on March 6, 2012.
 
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02/06/2012
Award-Winning Worship Leader Laura Story Pens First Book, What If Your Blessings Come Through Raindrops?
laura blessings book

Award-Winning Worship Leader Laura Story Pens First Book, What If Your Blessings Come Through Raindrops?

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—What If Your Blessings Come Through Raindrops?, the first book by Dove Award-winning and Grammy Award-nominated worship leader Laura Story, will release March 13 by Freeman-Smith, a division of Worthy Publishing. The 30-day devotional is based on Story’s #1 song, “Blessings,” nominated for a 2012 Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Christian Music Song.

Comprised of 30 daily devotions designed to draw readers into a deeper understanding of God’s sometimes mysterious gifts, What If Your Blessings Come Through Raindrops? includes the devotions “He Loves Us Too Much to Give Us Lesser Things;” “When Faith Disappears;” “The Blessed Thorn;” “Giving Endurance a Chance to Grow;” and “How Can We Find Peace Amid Suffering?” Each devotion contains Story’s personal reflections garnered from her own journey, along with prayers, quotes and a journaling page for readers to recount how blessings have impacted their own lives.

Written and recorded by Story, “Blessings” was a #1 hit at Christian AC and Inspo radio last year, in addition to topping iTunes Christian/Gospel Top Songs chart for 28 consecutive weeks. The song is featured on Story’s critically acclaimed Fair Trade Services recording, Blessings. Her previous recording, Great God Who Saves, garnered a Dove Award for Inspirational Album of the Year and featured the hit single, “Mighty to Save.” In addition, Story penned the popular worship song “Indescribable,” recorded by Chris Tomlin.

Story is involved in music and women’s ministry at Perimeter Church in Atlanta, where she resides with her husband, Martin. She will be on the Girls Night Live Tour this spring with Mandisa and Britt Nicole. For a complete list of upcoming dates, visit www.laurastorymusic.com.

Worthy Publishing, a division of Worthy Media, Inc., is a privately held company whose mission is helping people experience the heart of God. Worthy is an independent voice in Christian publishing, managing editorial, marketing, publicity, sales and distribution from its home offices in Brentwood, Tennessee. Worthy focuses on a boutique list of new books each year, crossing a broad spectrum of genres, including fiction, Bible study, current events, devotionals, biography, leadership, specialized Bibles, as well as spiritual and personal growth.

What If Your Blessings Come Through Raindrops? ($11.99) will be distributed to retail outlets nationwide by EMI CMG. For further information, visit www.worthypublishing.com or www.turningpointpr.com.

 

01/30/2012
Todd Agnew to Debut Powerful New Album How to be Loved on March 6 “God Undefeatable” Impacting AC/INSPO Now
How To Be Loved
Todd Agnew to Debut Powerful New Album How to be Loved on March 6

“God Undefeatable” Impacting AC/INSPO Now
 
Nashville, Tenn. Jan. 27, 2012… Todd Agnew, the worship leader, musician and songwriter behind hits like “Grace Like Rain” and “My Jesus,” is unveiling his newest collection of music, How to be Loved, on March 6. In chronicling a new understanding of receiving God’s love, Todd Agnew’s powerful new album with Ardent Records and Fair Trade Services is a revelation of sorts.
 
Much of this understanding started when Agnew bought his first house, moved back to Texas and became husband, and stepfather all in the course of a weekend. “I came in wanting to do stuff for them, to take care of them,” Agnew recalls, “and my wife was asking me if I could receive from them, be loved by them. I really had to say, ‘I have no idea what you’re taking about.’ Then I finally translated that, and realized, ‘Oh, God, I see what You’re doing! I have to learn to receive that same love from You.’”
 
Agnew is well-known for his voice, and the gravitas it brings to his music. This time around, though, he brings a remarkable vibrancy born from his desire to collaborate with the likes of renowned producer Paul Ebersold (Third Day, 3 Doors Down) and fellow songwriters Andrew Osenga (Chris Tomlin, Andrew Peterson) and Jason Ingram (Brandon Heath, MercyMe) among others. “I think we have a much more cohesive record than I’ve done in a long time,” remarks Agnew. “My other records are kind of all over the map musically. I love music, all kinds of music, so I tend to just switch gears every 4½ minutes.”
 
How to be Loved is heralded by the radio single “God Undefeatable” impacting AC/INSPO now. The song was originally written by a gifted trio of two worship leaders and a pastor as an Easter song for Agnew’s church in Austin, Texas. “‘Undefeatable’ isn’t really even a word,” Agnew explains. “It isn’t a word because it’s never needed to be a word. Every empire, every dynasty, they all eventually lost. They faded. They were defeated. But God, His power, His might does not wane. It goes back to the idea we started with. God is the main player in the story. It’s not me fighting the battle, it’s Him.” To see the story behind the song, click here.
 
Todd is gearing up for an acoustic spring tour with Fair Trade artist Jonny Diaz. For a full list of upcoming tour dates, visit http://toddagnew.com/tour-dates.
 
More information on Todd Agnew:
Todd Agnew is a seven-time Dove Award nominee, garnering numerous hit radio singles including two No. 1 hits, “Grace Like Rain” and “This Fragile Breath (The Thunder Song).” Agnew continues to perform over 150 dates per year and will debut How to be Loved on March 6 with Ardent Records and Fair Trade Services.

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11/30/2011
The Afters Prominently Heard on The Biggest Loser and You Deserve It
The Afters  Prominently Heard on
“The Biggest Loser” and “You Deserve It”
 
Band Scores Back-to-Back No. 1’s at Radio with
“Light Up the Sky” and “Lift Me Up”
 
Nashville, Tenn. Nov. 29, 2011… 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 “Lift Me Up” in promotion for the program.
 
In addition to No. 1’s at both AC and CHR radio, both “Light Up the Sky” and “Lift Me Up” have been constant mainstays in the top 5 on the iTunes ® Christian and Gospel Songs Chart. “Lift Me Up” is still Top 10 at AC Indicator.
 
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Texas-based band The Afters were propelled into the national spotlight with their INO/Sony Music Label Group debut I Wish We All Could Win. The project spawned the swirling, melodic hit “Beautiful Love,” earning the band an enthusiastic following when the song was selected as the theme track for MTV’s “8th and Ocean.”  “Beautiful Love” was also the most downloaded track of 2006 on the iTunes ® Inspirational charts and garnered the band an mtvU award as well. The Afters’ sophomore release Never Going Back To OK (INO/Columbia Records) debuted in the Top 50 on the Billboard Top 200, and proved to be sensation on the silver screen with “Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC), “Dr. Phil,” “Army Wives” (Lifetime) and “Rachael Ray.” The band’s third record Light Up the Sky has bolstered two No. 1 radio hits, as well as placement in “The Biggest Loser” (NBC) and “You Deserve It” (ABC). A slew of media including Rolling Stone, Seventeen.com, E! News Live, TV Guide, Premiere Radio and more also picked up on covering The Afters.
 
 
10/24/2011
Sara Groves' Landmark Album Invisible Empires Continues History of Career Acclaim with Stunning Reviews

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Sara Groves' Landmark Album Invisible Empires
Continues History of Career Acclaim
with Stunning Reviews
 
 
 (Nashville, Tenn) Oct. 20, 2011—Earlier this week, Fair Trade Services' critically acclaimed artist Sara Groves released her 10th album Invisible Empires. Produced by Steve Hindalong (Sixpence None The Richer, Leeland, The Choir, City On A Hill) the landmark album is following in the acclaimed footsteps of her nine previous recordings, receiving stunning reviews from Christianity Today, Rhapsody.com, NewReleaseTuesday and more:
 
 
“Groves gives voice to both the struggle of living as a Christian and the unshakeable peace that comes from surrender and trust. In Sara Groves' capable hands, they expand and fill to take in all our lives, and Invisible Empires is another musical triumph.”
-Christianity Today
 
“On her 10th album, Invisible Empires, Sara Groves continues her habit of laying bare her most intimate feelings and fears in hopes that her warts-and-all truth will inspire the rest of us to live more examined, thoughtful lives…this underrated singer/songwriter sifts through the layers of life that pile up on us all to get to what’s really important.” –Rhapsody.com
 
“A collection of songs this deep and resonant are rare in any genre, and are truly ‘art’ in the truest sense of the word. Invisible Empires attempts to speak to that place in the heart that so rarely gets spoken to. Sara Groves has opened up yet another great conversation with the world." -JesusFreakhideout.com
 
“Sara’s excellent songwriting and captivating piano-based singer-songwriter style have made her my favorite female artist in any genre of music. Sara has now once again released her ‘best’ album topping all of her previous excellent work.  Invisible Empires by Sara Groves is the top album of 2011.” -NewReleaseTuesday.com
 
 "Each track on Invisible Empires has a quiet power and conviction.  Sara Groves’ amazing ministry is packed within her exceptional songwriting.  With her smooth folksy voice and warm piano, she proceeds to sweetly convict and convert listeners with each song." -The Fish
 
 
Featured on what-already-appears to be another hit project for the gifted artist is the first single “Eyes on the Prize,” which was originally adapted during the Civil Rights Movement and also features the young voices of a youth choir based in Jersey City, NJ: the New City Kids. While the message is universal, Groves had International Justice Mission (IJM) specifically in mind when recording this song, knowing that this social-justice organization, like many do, has reached its point of the “long haul.” IJM is currently featuring a unique video of Groves sharing her message behind the song on their website.  Please click here to view. The powerful anthem is being played on major radio networks such as WBSN/New Orleans, WCIE/Tampa, Family Life Network, American Family Radio, and KNLB/Phoenix among others.
 
Additionally, in-depth interviews with Groves can be found on Beliefnet.com  and the November issue of CCM as well as upcoming interviews with USA Radio, American Family Radio, Campus Crusade for Christ Radio and more. Always eloquent and honest, Groves recently took time to film a video where she shares what the album means to her and more here.
 
Groves is currently on the “Reason to Gather” Tour with this year’s GMA Dove Award “Female Vocalist” and “Best New Artist” nominee Audrey Assad and indie singer/songwriter duo Jenny & Tyler.
 
For more information on Sara Groves and Invisible Empires, please visit www.saragroves.com.
 
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About Sara Groves:
Since her debut release in 2001, Conversations, Sara Groves has become one of the most critically acclaimed artists in the Christian music industry, receiving rave reviews across the board for each recording by Billboard Magazine and others.  Groves consistently tops year-end reader's polls and album of the year nods from the likes of CCM magazine, Christianity Today and more.  On her upcoming release, Invisible Empires, the follow-up to Fireflies and Songs, Christianity Today's 2009 Album of the Year, the singer/songwriter describes the record content as a process of sorting through the layers of this frenetic life, gaining a new perspective and finding the long-standing truth.  Since her 2005 release, Add to the Beauty, Groves has been immersed in a series of global conversations and experiences, from the flood-ravaged gulf of Louisiana, the gen ocide memorials of Rwanda and the testimonies of Southeast Asia sex trade survivors. These experiences have shaped Groves music as she brings to light the difficult and meaningful work of social justice and engaging in the suffering of the afflicted.
 
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10/17/2011
SHANE & SHANE MAKES TOP 5 SALES DEBUT WITH THE ONE YOU NEED Project Receives Boost from Radio, Social Media Presence, and Tour
Shane & Shane picks up where the duo left off two years ago with its latest studio album, The One You Need. The record debuted Top 5 on the Christian sales charts, while garnering national exposure via radio play, a strong social media presence, and Shane & Shane’s “The One You Need” fall tour. 

Shane & Shane’s first project with Fair Trade Services, The One You Need turned up at No. 5 on the Billboard Top Christian/Gospel Albums chart. Additionally, the album peaked at No. 1 on iTunes’ Christian & Gospel Top Albums chart within a day of its release.

The project’s impressive debut could be attributed to strong support from radio playing lead single “The One You Need.” The song has been added by more than 30 stations nationwide, including powerhouses WDJC-FM (Birmingham, Ala.), Sirius XM, KLJC-FM (Kansas City, Mo.), and WCSG-FM (Grand Rapids, Mich.). “The One You Need” also received attention from its music video, which debuted Aug. 4 on GodTube. View the video at www.shaneandshane.com.

Also driving sales is a powerful social media campaign with giveaways, contests, and other online promotions. The response has been phenomenal with Shane & Shane acquiring an additional 46,000 Facebook friends and 3,200 Twitter followers in the last two months alone. The group is committed to growing this fan connection on the road as well. “The One You Need” tour kicked off in early September and will visit 12 more cities through the end of this month. Visit www.shaneandshane.com/shows for a current list of tour dates.

After a brief hiatus from recording, Shane Barnard and Shane Everett returned to the studio with two years worth of new material, all self-written and self-produced. Now both married with children, Shane & Shane created this latest record through the lens of fatherhood and community. Having also recently assumed the role of worship pastors at their local church, The One You Need additionally contains songs intended to minister to those hurting around them. For more information on The One You Need, visit www.shaneandshane.com.

About Shane & Shane
Shane Everett and Shane Barnard formed the duo, Shane & Shane, after meeting at Central Baptist Church in College Station, Texas in the late 90’s. Since then, the acoustic-guitar wielding pair has become a college-circuit favorite with six label releases to its credit, and countless hours logged on the road, including tours alongside Bethany Dillon, David Crowder Band and Robbie Seay Band, among others. In total, the band’s career sales exceed half a million units. Follow Shane & Shane at www.facebook.com/shaneandshanemusic or www.twitter.com/ShaneandShane.
10/17/2011
Critically Acclaimed Artist Phil Wickham’s Response Gives Strong Debut
Lands at No. 3 on Billboard’s Top Christian/Albums Chart
No. 4 on Christian Soundscan Chart &
No. 1 on iTunes ® Christian/Gospel Albums Chart
 
Critics and Fans Alike Continue to Sing Praises
for Latest Release
 

Response, the latest release from critically acclaimed worship artist Phil Wickham (Fair Trade Services), made a grand entrance this week peaking at No. 1 on iTunes® Christian/Gospel Albums Chart and debuting at No. 3 on the Billboard Top Christian/Gospel Albums chart, No. 4 on the Christian Soundscan Chart and rising as high as Top 25 on iTunes® overall chart.
 
The reviews continue to pour in giving praise to Wickham’s latest effort from critics and bloggers alike:
 
“For his fourth studio effort, Phil Wickham channels the psalmists of old, voicing appreciation and adoration for the different aspects of God that are seen throughout our lives and circumstances. Partnering again with Pete Kipley, Wickham also brought in Brown Bannister to co-produce. This collective approach carried over to the songwriting, too, with multiple collaborations representing more than just Wickham's heart.”-Rhapsody.com
 
“Filled with 11 songs useful in congregational worship, this is the Phil Wickham release worship leaders have been waiting for.” -Worship Leader Magazine
 
"The hype is well substantiated; Phil Wickham is one of the few “praise & worship” artists who bring musical and lyrical creativity to their songs." -The Waking Blog
 
"You will be inspired to worship along with this gorgeous, serene music as you contemplate the goodness of God and His glory and power." -Jay's Musik Blog
 
"'Response' is a beautiful album telling us of God's wonderful mercy and grace, showing God's character and love for us." -Edge Of The Plank Blog
 
"One word sums up my feelings about this album: angelic. Phil Wickham knows how to craft words and make them sound more beautiful than anything you have ever heard." -The Christian Music Review Blog 
 
Radio stations across the U.S. are jumping at the chance to play Wickham’s latest hit single, “At Your Name (Yahweh, Yahweh).” With nearly 50 stations already on board including K-Love, KSBJ/Houston and Joy FM/St. Louis, each week more and more networks are joining to support the single. Additionally, the crowd-pleasing track debuted at No. 30 on AC Monitored this week, landed in AC Indicator’s Top 25 and No. 2 on Soft AC/Inspo.
 
For more information on Phil Wickham please visit www.philwickham.com.
10/12/2011
Shane & Shane's The One You Need Available Now
SHANE & SHANE'S  THE ONE YOU NEED AVAILABLE NOW!
  
“...epic, chorus-driven worship rock...”--ChristianityToday.com

“...smooth, yet soulful and heartfelt...”--JesusFreakHideout.com
 
“...a stellar project...Shane & Shane’s best work to date...”--ChristianMusicReview.org
 
"...filled with tender melodies and extraordinary voices, Shane and Shane raise the bar once again."
--Worship Leader
 
“...scripture imbued, four-minute acoustic pop gems.” --CCM Magazine
  
THE PROJECT IS CURRENTLY NO. 1 ON THE iTUNES CHRISTIAN & GOSPEL TOP ALBUMS CHART!
 
PURCHASE YOUR COPY TODAY AT  HTTP://SHANE.CTA.GS/01G
 
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10/12/2011
Phil Wickham Pleases Fans and Critics with Response

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PHIL WICKHAM PLEASES
FANS AND CRITICS WITH RESPONSE
 
FOURTH EFFORT FLIES TO NO. 2 ON
ITUNES® CHRISTIAN CHART
 
(Nashville, Tenn) October 5, 2011—Over the years praised singer/songwriter Phil Wickham’s works have been met by critical acclaim and commercial success. Response is proving to continue this trend as it released this week and has already flown to No. 2 on the iTunes ® Christian Chart. Also trending with his past critical success are the rave reviews Response is receiving:
 
“Wickham's a true original thanks to clever wordplay, adventurous arrangements, and the ability to strike just the right balance between reverence and resourcefulness.” –ChristianityToday.com
 
"This is the worship album Phil Wickham fans have been asking for. With his trademark poetic lyrics and infectious melodies, Response presents pop worship songs- the perfect collection of vertical songs for your church, car, or playlist."-Christian Musician Magazine 
 
“Wickham's songwriting is in a higher caliber than most songs on Christian radio right now…It's easy to dive into God's glory with Wickham on this album. It's one of the best worship records you'll get this year and you won't want it any other way.” –JesusFreakHideout.com
 
“Phil Wickham’s enthusiastic and reverent style of writing and singing praise and worship songs has consistently been a draw. Wickham’s prayerful sentiments are consistently filled with his personal adoration of God. Response is no exception. Several of these songs should be added to your Sunday morning worship set.” –New Release Tuesday
 
"It’s a very humble and reverent album, declaring who God is, what He has done for us, and sums up what our proper Response should be."-HollywoodJesus.com
 
You will be inspired to worship along with this gorgeous, serene music as you contemplate the goodness of God and His glory and power. You will also enjoy Phil’s dynamic vocals that only magnify this powerful fourth album from Phil Wickham.” -ChristianMusicReview.org 
 
Featured on the chart-topping album is Wickham’s latest radio hit “At Your Name (Yahweh, Yahweh)” that is climbing the radio charts with support from top Christian radio like K-LOVE radio network, KSBJ/Houston, KXOJ/Tulsa & WDJC/Birmingham among others. Watch Wickham open up about the single and the full album here.
 
In conjunction with the new release, Wickham will also tour around the country this fall performing songs from Response and more. For more information on Wickham, his music and a full list of tour dates please visit www.philwickham.com.
 
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About Phil Wickham:
Phil Wickham is at his core a humble and sincere artist who writes songs and worships God using the medium of music. It is with that brush that he paints images of a loving and creative God across the canvases of listeners’ hearts and minds. The evidence of this gift has been apparent on all three of his critically acclaimed efforts: Phil Wickham (2006); Cannons (2007) and Heaven & Earth (2009). He continues to prove this on his latest fourth studio album, Response, which released October 4 with Fair Trade Services.
 
Selling 200,000 albums to date, Wickham has been featured in major publications such as CCM, Relevant, Worship Leader, Christian Music Today, About.com, SongTouch, Advance Magazine, and more. Both Heaven & Earth and Cannons made their way into the top 5 on iTunes Christian album charts, and the single “Safe” placed in the top 20 on Billboard’s Christian AC and Soft AC/Inspirational charts.
 
Wickham has toured with some of the industry’s most renowned artists including MercyMe and the David Crowder* Band. For more information please visit www.philwickham.com 
 
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09/26/2011
MercyMe on First USO Tour in the Middle East

Award Winning Band MercyMe to Deliver Inspirational Messages to Troops in the Middle East on Their First USO Tour

  
WHAT:            USO Tour to Middle East Featuring MercyMe
  
WHEN:            Summer 2011
 
WHERE:          Middle East
Note.  Due to security reasons, the countries and tour dates cannot be released at this time.           
 
WHY:            Jim Bryson, Nathan Cochran, Barry Graul, Bart Millard, Michael Scheuchzer and Robby Shaffer of MercyMe will soon depart on their first USO/Armed Forces Entertainment tour.  The band is scheduled to visit two countries and perform three shows as part of their eight-day USO experience.  In addition to delivering their uplifting performances to troops, the band will sign autographs, pose for photos and extend America’s gratitude to our service men and women serving abroad.
 
Avid supporters of the U.S. armed forces the band routinely donates concert tickets to troops and their families and have invited fans to leave words of encouragement for service men and women on their website.  Additionally, their 2009 release “Finally Home” was dedicated to our nation’s heroes.


09/26/2011
Jonny Diaz's Single "Break My Heart" Impacts Radio Stations Across the Country
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JONNY DIAZ'S SINGLE "BREAK MY HEART" IMPACTS RADIO STATIONS ACROSS THE COUNTRY
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Nashville, Tenn. - 13 September 2011 - This past weekend, Fair Trade Services artist Jonny Diaz appeared at CMB's Momentum Radio Conference held at Walt Disney World. During the Echo Awards held on Saturday, Diaz had the honor to perform his impactful current single, "Break My Heart," for hundreds of radio programmers from across the country.
 
Since the single released, Diaz has received an overwhelming response from fans and radio of how it has deeply impacted them. "Break My Heart," which sings of sharing the love of Christ with others and conveys the powerful lyrics: 'True grace sees a face, not a burden,' has hit home specifically for radio friends who have a heart for global missions. Below a couple of radio programmers have shared how the compassionate message of the song has impacted them:

Diaz performing at the Echo Awards; photo courtesy of Steve Swanson/WAFJ, N. Augusta, SC
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"No doubt the highlight of 2011 for me was having the opportunity to travel to the Middle East and distribute shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child. In a village decimated by war, the love of God was demonstrated through selfless acts of giving that not only afforded each child a gift, but also empowered God’s people to do a greater work. A small investment was opening a community to the life of the Gospel. 'Break My Heart' speaks to this truth. Fish and bread are multiplied in the Master’s hands…so are our seemingly small gifts of love. Without the 'breaking,' there’s no 'blessing.'
- Wally Decker, GM/PD for WBFJ-FM, Winston-Salem/Greensboro
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"Through WCSG's relationship with great organizations like Compassion International and Orphan Outreach, God has given me a passion for reaching the lost and hurting in other countries. After my third trip to Guatemala, I remember posting on Facebook: 'My heart
has been broken for the people of Guatemala and I don't want it to heal.' As Jonny Diaz
says in 'Break My Heart,' I wish we could all see past our picket fences and open our eyes
to a world that's much bigger than ourselves, and much more in need than we could
ever imagine."
- John Balyo, Your Family Friendly Morning Show, 91.3 WCSG, Grand Rapids
 

Diaz performing at the Echo Awards; photo courtesy of Haylee Anne Fucini-Lenkey

"Break My Heart"
written by Jonny Diaz, Chris Stevens, Kate York

I see children in slavery
It’s all too much so I turn off the TV
A world away from the world they’re in
So I give up before I even begin
 
To try to make this right
To try to love like Christ
 
So help me see through the eyes of the hurting
Come break my heart, come break my heart
True grace sees a face not a burden
So come break my heart, won’t you break my heart
Come break my heart
 
It’s hard to see past my picket fence
So I give a little from a guilty conscience
How can I ever really make a change
When I’m too afraid to even feel their pain
 
I believe that love can bridge the distance
And I believe that one can make a difference
Cause one man on a cross changed the world
 
So help me see through the eyes of the hurting
Lord, break my heart, Lord, break my heart
Cause true grace sees a face not a burden
Come break my heart, won’t you break my heart
 
Help me see through the eyes of the hurting
Come break my heart, Come break my heart
Showing love should never be a burden
Come break my heart, won’t you break my heart
09/14/2011
Celebrated Artist Phil Wickham Invites Listeners to Worship on Fourth Album Response, Out October 4
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Celebrated Artist Phil Wickham Invites Listeners to Worship
on Fourth Album Response, Out October 4
 
(Nashville, Tenn) Sept. 7, 2011— After selling a quarter million albums and over a half million song downloads to date, a chart topping radio single, receiving accolades for his previous three efforts and being featured in major publications such as CCM, Relevant, Worship Leader and Christian Music Today, Fair Trade Services’ recording artist Phil Wickham returns October 4, with his latest album Response.
 
On his fourth release, Wickham provides listeners with eleven tracks that seek to give a voice to humanity’s acceptance of God’s love in any circumstance. In the same way that the Psalms offer expressions of joy, sorrow, repentance, hope and victory, Response gives a voice to the appreciation and adoration of God in every chapter of life.
 
“When I see the different aspects of who God is in different situations of life, my response to that love can be seen as jumping for joy where other times I respond by saying, ‘You are Holy and I am not,’ humbled and falling on my face,” Wickham describes.
 
For his previous three projects- Phil Wickham (2006); Cannons (2007) and Heaven & Earth (2009), Wickham worked solely with longtime friend and producer Pete Kipley (MercyMe, Matthew West, The Afters). On Response, Wickham invited reputable producer Brown Bannister (Steven Curtis Chapman, Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith) to co-produce the album as an intentional effort to stay true to the album’s theme of voicing a collective worshipful response to God.
 
“There are more musicians playing on the record than I normally work with,” Wickham says. “Multiple drummers, bass players, etc and I wrote with more people on this record hoping to have these songs be an expression of everybody’s heart not just mine.”
 
The first single from Response, “At Your Name (Yahweh, Yahweh),” is currently receiving airplay on 26 stations nationwide, including national networks KLOVE and American Family Radio. The song has already cracked the top 15 on the INSPO radio chart and is No. 35 on the National Christian Audience radio chart. In support of the track, Wickham has been out on the road visiting radio stations across the nation including stations in Nashville, TN; Charlotte, NC; Minneapolis, MN and Kansas City, MO.
 
In conjunction with the new release, Wickham will also tour around the country this fall playing his new single, other songs from Response and more.
 
For more information and a full list of tour dates please visit www.philwickham.com
 
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About Phil Wickham:
Phil Wickham is at his core a humble and sincere artist who writes songs and worships God using the medium of music. It is with that brush that he paints images of a loving and creative God across the canvases of listeners’ hearts and minds. The evidence of this gift was apparent on Wickham’s critically acclaimed album Heaven and Earth, which was the follow-up to his sophomore effort, Cannons. He continues to prove this on his upcoming fourth studio album, Response, which releases October 4 with Fair Trade Services.
 
Selling 200,000 albums to date, Wickham has been featured in major publications such as CCM, Relevant, Worship Leader, Christian Music Today, About.com, SongTouch, Advance Magazine, and more. Both Heaven & Earth and Cannons made their way into the top 5 on iTunes Christian album charts, and the single “Safe” placed in the top 20 on Billboard’s Christian AC and Soft AC/Inspirational charts.
 
Wickham has toured with some of the industry’s most renowned artists including MercyMe and the David Crowder* Band. For more information please visit www.philwickham.com 
 
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09/01/2011
Gifted Songstress Sara Groves Reaches Career Milestone with 10th Album Invisible Empires Available October 18
Throughout her career, critics have praised gifted songstress Sara Groves for her compelling yet intimate and honest lyrics. On October 18, the critically acclaimed artist will reach a career milestone as she unveils her tenth record Invisible Empires.
 
Cultivating a new relationship with producer Steve Hindalong (Leeland, City On A Hill & Sixpence None The Richer) the duo created Invisible Empires, Groves’ decade-marker album with her label Fair Trade Services. Invisible Empires is the follow-up to Fireflies and Songs, which was named Christianity Today’s 2009 "Album of the Year." The singer/songwriter describes the album as a process of sorting through the layers of life, gaining a new perspective and finding the truth.
 
Fireflies is very much like a girl and her piano,” says Groves, “and I knew this record was going to be a little bit bigger than a girl and her piano. When you're raising children you are keenly aware of how the times that you grew up in are vastly different from the times they are growing up in and a lot of this record is reflecting on those differences in an effort to identify what never changes, what will always be true.”
 
Radio listeners will get a sneak peak of what is yet to come from her current single, the gospel-inspired “Eyes on the Prize,” one of the eleven tracks featured on Invisible Empires. It is a captivating anthem that was adapted during the Civil Rights Movement and also features the young voices of a group based in Jersey City, NJ: the New City Kids. While the message is universal, Groves had International Justice Mission (IJM) specifically in mind, knowing that this nonprofit social-justice organization, like many do, has reached its point of the “long haul.”
 
IJM is one of the organizations that will be supported through the upcoming Reason to Gather tour, spotlighting Groves, Audrey Assad and new duo Jenny & Tyler. Later this year, Groves will also embark on Christmas tour with GRAMMY ® nominated band Leeland. For a full list of tour dates, please go to  www.saragroves.com.
 
Through all of the activity, the Groves, her husband Troy and three children keep their eyes on the prize with a mission statement they crafted in 1997 when she first started doing music full time. This mission statement serves as their goal for Invisible Empires: “We believe every person has a next step with God. Whether you’re an atheist or the ninety-nine-year-old woman who’s served God all of her life, I’m writing music about those processes, those moments to pause and ask, ‘Where am I on the road, and where would God have me go next?’”
 
For more information about Sara Groves please visit  www.saragroves.com.  
09/01/2011
Award-Winning Singer/Songwriter/Worship Leader Darlene Zschech Sets to Release New Music Project You Are Love September 6
Darlene Zschech is a name synonymous with modern worship music and revolutionizing the worship genre in the US having served as worship pastor/producer for Hillsong Music for over 20 years. She has lead worship on recordings that have sold over 5 million units in the US alone. As she enters a new season serving as the co-pastor of a new church, global touring, missions and teaching ministry, the multi-faceted award-winning singer/songwriter will also step out with a brand new album titled 
You Are Love on September 6th on Fair Trade/ Columbia Records.
 
Recorded on the Central Coast of Australia at the famed studio The Grove, Zschech teamed up with multiple notable producers such as Paul Mabury(Hillsong), Pete Kipley (MercyMe), Ryan Taubert and Josh Telford. Additionally 
You are Love also features extraordinary collaborations with co-writer GRAMMY ® Award winning artist Israel Houghton, vocalist Barry Southgate and a special guest appearance by Zschech’s daughter Zoe Jewel.
 
Zschech has a history of penning mega worship anthems including “Shout to the Lord” and on You Are Love her current
  single “Under Grace” is proving to be another hit to add to the list. The inspirational track reflects a personal time of realization that we don’t have to strive or struggle for our salvation.
 
“I wanted to put that understanding to music,” says the Australian native. “I want people to feel like the pressure is off, to let grace just wash over them.”  Watch Zschech’s describe “Under Grace” in-depth here.
 
Her second single will be the title track of the record and for an inside scoop on the story behind the song click here
 
Zschech’s songs have helped change the way the U.S. church worships and she mentored a whole new generation of worship leaders. In her new role as co-pastor with her husband Mark of Hope Unlimited Church on Australia's Central Coast, the Hillsong vocalist continues to bring her signature ability to communicate grand, sweeping themes with both power and tenderness. There are soaring choruses alongside simple, heartfelt expressions of praise. When the theme is God’s love, the message is life changing. To view the full-length EPK about 
You Are Love click here. 
Zschech explains, “I always pray that people will be challenged to lean in a little closer to God, to hear Him speak and know His voice, to desire the presence of Jesus in their lives more than anything this world can offer, to have their hearts broken again for anyone who is suffering, and that their hope in Christ would be fuelled again, no matter what situation they are in.”
 
Additionally, Zschech is still an active leader of Hope Rwanda, a global mission effort that helps restore hope and justice to this nation through poverty reduction initiatives that achieve sustainable development, and bring spiritual and social strength to every segment of society.
 
For more information on Darlene Zschech and 
08/29/2011
Critically Acclaimed Singer/Songwriter Sara Groves Embarks on Reason to Gather Tour This Fall
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
  
  
Critically Acclaimed Singer/Songwriter Sara Groves
Embarks on “Reason to Gather” Tour This Fall
 
 Joined by GMA Dove Award Nominated Artist Audrey Assad
and Up-and-Coming Duo Jenny & Tyler

(Nashville, Tenn) August 18, 2011—On October 13, critically acclaimed singer/songwriter Sara Groves will embark on the “Reason to Gather” tour in conjunction with the release of her upcoming album slated to release this fall. Sponsored by multiple organizations including Food for the Hungry, International Justice mission, Christianity Today Magazine and Art House America, the Fair Trades Services artist will be accompanied by this year’s GMA Dove Award “Female Vocalist” and “Best New Artist” Nominee Audrey Assad and indie singer/songwriter duo Jenny & Tyler.
 
“I am really looking forward to hitting the road this fall with our new friends Audrey, Jenny and Tyler,” says Groves. “It will be a thoughtful night of stories, music and conversation about the important things in life.  All the things needed to provide a good reason to gather...except food...hmmm.”
 
Groves will perform brand new songs featured on the soon to be announced project, in addition to memorable fan favorites. The “Reason to Gather” tour will travel throughout the east visiting landmarks including Raleigh, NC and Chattanooga, TN through October 23. Leading into the Thanksgiving holiday, the tour will gather crowds out west spending time in California and Washington and several other cities. See a list of current tour dates below. (More dates to be added).
 
 “I am looking forward to the 'Reason to Gather' tour this fall with much anticipation,” Assad exclaims. “It's an honor to get invited out on the road by an artist like Sara, who balances family, art and business so well and so intentionally. I can't wait to experience each night along with the audience.”
 
For more information about the “Reason to Gather” tour and a full list of tour dates, please go to http://saragroves.com/.
 
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Confirmed “Reason to Gather” Tour dates (*cities to be added and dates subject to change):

October 14                 Pittstown, NJ 
October 15                 Accident, MD 
October 19                 Greensboro, NC 
October 20                 Raleigh, NC 
October 21                 Chattanooga, TN
October 22                 Gainesville, FL 
November 10             Foster City, CA 
November 13             Pasco, WA
November 14             Spokane, WA 

 
About Sara Groves:
Since her debut release in 2001, Conversations, Sara Groves has become one of the most critically-acclaimed artists in the Christian music industry, receiving rave reviews across the board for each recording by Billboard Magazine and others.  Groves consistently tops year-end reader's polls and album of the year nods from the likes of CCM magazineChristianity Today and more.  On her upcoming release, Invisible Empires, the follow-up to Fireflies and Songs, Christianity Today's  2009 Album of the Year,  the singer/songwriter describes the record content as a process of sorting through the layers of this frenetic life, gaining a new perspective and finding the long-standing truth.  Since her 2005 release, Add to the Beauty, Groves has been immersed in a series of global conversations and experiences, from the flood-ravaged gulf of Louisiana, the genocide memorials of Rwanda and the testimonies of Southeast Asia sex trade survivors. These experiences have shaped Groves music as she brings to light the difficult and meaningful work of social justice and engaging in the suffering of the afflicted.    www.saragroves.com

Audrey Assad:
27 year-old, Arizona-based singer/songwriter Audrey Assad propelled to the forefront of Christian music with her debut album on Sparrow Records titled The House You’re Building. Produced by Marshall Altman (Brooke Fraser, Natasha Bedingfield, William Fitzsimmons, Marc Broussard), the record released in the summer of 2010 to much acclaim. An avid reader, poems from Gerard Manley Hopkins and books were amongst Assad’s inspirations in her songwriting. Her collaborations with everyone from Chris Tomlin to Jars of Clay have marked her songwriting and vocal talent. Assad’s fresh sound was named among the best of 2010 from Relevant Magazine, Rhapsody.com, Gospel Music Channel online and more and was even profiled on CNN Online. In addition, The House You’re Building was named Amazon.com’s “Best Christian Music of 2010” and iTunes ® Christian & Gospel “Breakthrough Album of the Year.” At the close of 2010, Assad collected the title of top selling new artist of the year in the Christian genre according to SoundsScan.
08/29/2011
Blindside Returns to the U.S. this Fall for Shivering Hearts Fall 2011 Tour
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
 
Blindside Returns to the US this Fall for “Shivering Hearts 2011 Tour”
  
Accompanied by Tooth & Nail’s Write this Down and
Indie Swedish Rockers Intohimo
 
(Nashville, Tenn) August 25, 2011—It has been four years since Swedish hard band Blindside toured the U.S., and this fall the wait is finally over. The popular rock band will visit 18 cities this fall on their “Shivering Hearts Tour” in support of their latest release With Shivering Hearts We Wait (Fair Trade Services), with the help from fellow rockers Write This Down from Tooth & Nail Records and Indie Swedish band Intohimo.
 
The tour starts September 1 in Tulsa, OK and will entertain crowds in major cities including Dallas, Seattle, Chicago and more. The tour will draw to a close on September 23 in Pomona, CA.
 
“The tour starts 2 years to the day after we started recording the record out in LA, says Blindside’s Christian Linskog. “Even for us this tour has been a long time coming. I think the thing we are most looking forward to is seeing the fans again. For years we have been talking through Facebook it is going to be great to face to face after this long break.”
 
Attendees of the “Shivering Hearts 2011 Tour” are in for a treat as special guests Children 18:3, Listener and The Letter Black will also make appearances on select dates. (see a full list of tour dates and guests below).
 
“We just aren’t able to tour as much as we used to, so every show feels a little more special these days,” concludes Blinside’s Tomas Nalsund. “We know these shows are going to be something extra special after so long away.”
 
For additional quotes from the band and information about the tour, please visit www.blindsideonline.com.
 
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“Shivering Hearts 2011 Tour” (Dates Subject to Change)
  
September 1 Owasso, OK
September  2 Omaha, NE (special guests Listener)
September  3 Worthing, SD (Lifelight Festival Blindside only)
September  4 St. Paul, MN (special guests Children 18:3)
September  6 Chicago, IL
September  7 Pittsburgh, PA (special guests The Letter Black)
September   9 Dayton, OH
September  10 Nashville, TN
September  11 Little Rock, AR
September  12 Dallas, TX
September  14 Colorado Springs, CO
September  15 Salt Lake City, UT
September  16 Boise, ID
September  17 Missoula, MT (Blindside only)
September  19 Seattle, WA
September  20 Portland, OR
September  22 San Luis Obispo, CA
September  23 Pomona, CA
 
  
About Blindside:
In the 15 years since Swedish hard-rockers Blindside got their start, the band has released 6 albums and played over 700 live shows in 25 countries.
  
Blindside’s decorated career has seen them tour with heavy-hitters such as Linkin Park, Hoobastank, Trust Company, Papa Roach and P.O.D. The band’s close relationship with P.O.D. even led to the band signing with Elektra Records in 2001 where they worked with Howard Benson to produce their breakout record Silence.
 
Since the release of Silence, the band has headlined sold-out tours, along with appearing on “Late night with Conan O’Brien,” CCN and Fuse. The songs “Pitiful” and “Swallow” have been featured in video games such as “NHL 2002” and “Need for Speed Underground.” The band collaborated with music icon Smashing Pumpkins leader Billy Corgan for their album About A Burning Fire and their music was even heard around the world on World Wrestling Entertainment,
 
Now, Blindside has returned from a 4-year hiatus to partner with Fair Trade Services to release their sixth studio album With Shivering Hearts We Wait. The project was produced by Howard Benson and debuted at No. 8 on iTunes Mainstream Rock Chart while also receiving acclaim from critics nationwide.
 
About Write This Down:
They are an intense power-trio equal parts dirty rock riffery and soaring, bombastic melodies, Write This Down stands poised to turn the modern rock world on its head with scene-bred and radio rock schooled emotional power steeped in faith and hopefulness. Nathan Rockwell's diverse guitar, Chad Nichols' powerful drumming and Johnny Collier's powerfully anthemic and alternately personally reflective vocals: that's what you get with Write This Down, the layers of instrumentation being stripped away in favor of layers of harmony and thoughtful dynamics. Produced by Rob Hawkins in Nashville, the self-titled Tooth & Nail debut from these native Minnesotans is instantly engaging. From raw power to beautiful balladry, it's all here. The collection of songs composes a whole that defies the band's youth. While the album makes a statement of its own, what it's really about for Write This Down is the chance to travel, perform live, and meet people face to face, wherever they are. It's that senses of community, honesty and faithfulness that drives Write This Down. When it's all said and done, they want to be remembered for what mattered.
 
About Intahimo:
In the summer of 2004 Intohimo saw it's first light of day. Only a year after Intohimo was formed they had already recorded two demos: "In the deepest of mind" & "PastPresentAndNeverAgain." 2006 they won "BEST UNSIGNED ACT AWARD" at the Swedish National IndieAwards and the word about Intohimo was spreading rapidly. Their first album, the much anticipated ""Failures, Failures, Failures and Hope" was released in March 2007 by indie label Pretty Dirty Promotions. It was more than well received and the fan base grew bigger and bigger. European promoters soon discovered Intohimo, quickly the band rose to new levels and it did not take long before Intohimo was touring throughout Europe. By the end of the summer 2008, Intohimo were signed by The Unit Music Company, and started working with Simon Grenehed of Blindside. During the autumn, they wrote and recorded their second album: "Us; The Hollows", the sound developed to more explosive rock with screamo and emo influences. "Us; The Hollows" was released in April 2009, rapidly climbing up to 15 on the Swedish Billboard chart. They followed up with tour dates in Scandinavia and Europe. Now more eager than ever, still on their original quest, Intohimo is on the move...look out! http://www.myspace.com/intohimo 
 

 

08/04/2011
Shane & Shane Team With Fair Trade Services
SHANE & SHANE TEAMS UP WITH FAIR TRADE SERVICES FOR LATEST RELEASE, THE ONE YOU NEED
Project Available Oct. 4; Debut Single “The One You Need” Now Impacting Radio
 
(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) August 2, 2011--Acoustic duo Shane & Shane is partnering with Fair Trade Services for its first studio release in two years, The One You Need. Available Oct. 4, the project’s debut single and title track is currently impacting Christian AC, CHR and Inspirational Radio.
 
After a brief hiatus from recording, Shane Barnard and Shane Everett have returned to the studio with two years worth of new material, all self-written and self-produced. The duo, who has been playing together for 13 years, has joined efforts with Fair Trade Services, home to top artists including The Afters, MercyMe, and Derek Webb, for its latest album.
 
“Shane and I are so excited about our new record label Fair Trade Services,” says Everett. “It feels amazing to have a team around us who is not only concerned about selling records but also about the Gospel moving forward through song!!! We love these guys.”
 
The Shanes, now both married with children, created this latest record through the lens of fatherhood and community. In fact, Barnard penned the title track—a poignant letter from daddy to daughter—a week before his daughter Lucy was born. Having also recently assumed the role of worship pastors at their local church, The One You Need additionally contains songs intended to minister to those hurting around them.
 
“For the first time, we’ve been in community; and when you’re in community, you see the hurt,” Everett explains. “Being on staff has been an eye opening experience for us, rubbing shoulders with broken hurting people helps us not only in our own struggles, but lets us know how to pray and how much we desperately need it.”
 
Preceding the record’s release is lead single, “The One You Need,” which went for adds at radio July 22. Shane & Shane wrapped a national promotional tour in support of the single earlier this month. Watch Part I and Part II of their road trip at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ihajxCkyZ4c and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DZ9DcP3QNjA. The duo also filmed a music video for the song, which will premiere on GodTube Aug. 4. Additional details are forthcoming. For more information on Shane & Shane and The One You Need, visit www.shaneandshane.com.
 
Shane Everett and Shane Barnard formed the duo, Shane & Shane, after meeting at Central Baptist Church in College Station, Texas in the late 90’s. Since then, the acoustic-guitar wielding pair has become a college-circuit favorite with six label releases to its credit, and countless hours logged on the road, including tours alongside Bethany Dillon, David Crowder Band and Robbie Seay Band, among others. In total, the band’s career sales exceed half a million units. Follow Shane & Shane at www.facebook.com/shaneandshanemusic or www.twitter.com/ShaneandShane.
08/02/2011
Heather William's 'Best Bet Of 2011' For Billboard Magazine
Billboard Magazine Heralds Williams As A
“Best Bet of 2011”
 
Nashville, Tenn. August 2, 2011… Fair Trade Services’ songstress Heather Williams will debut her first, full-length studio album on September 27 titled This Time Around. Early acclaim has followed Williams since the release of her debut EP last fall. In addition to the radio success of "Hallelujah," Williams was named amongst the "Best Bets of 2011" by Billboard Magazine, one of only two Christian artists to receive this title.  
 
Her songs and her character speak of the strength of a woman well beyond her years. Williams grew up in extreme poverty with her mom and stepfather. Throughout her early childhood, she suffered intense abuse. Her mother gave her away at age 11, and Williams went to live with her grandfather in Michigan and later with her aunt and uncle who eventually adopted her and are now her legal parents. Living with little guidance and the pain of past abuse and rejection, Williams turned to drugs and alcohol as a way to numb the realities of life. As things began to spiral out of control, the young teenager began to have thoughts of suicide and was even homeless at one point. At age 18, however, the dangerous road Williams was on took a U-turn when she gave her life to Christ.
 
“When I was 18, I was going through a whole series of events where I was really rejecting God and blaming Him for everything that had taken place in my childhood,” says Williams. “I came to this place where it was either, OK, I’m going to give my life to God, or I just don’t know if I’m going to live. So, I walked up that aisle at that church, and I gave my life to God.” Having grown up with a love of music, after becoming a Christian, Williams says she began to write songs from a “perspective of radical change.”Another wave of tragedy struck the budding singer/songwriter when her first child passed away shortly after he was born. This tragedy led to William’s Top 10 AC  and Top 5 INSPO  debut, “Hallelujah.” To hear more of Williams’ story visit, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r7cnMDwdm3k.
 
“God Is Still God” is the second song from Williams to hit radio. “It’s a song that speaks so clearly into an insecurity that we can get when life just comes at us  at full speed,” admits Williams. To hear more about “God Is Still God” from Williams, visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uLgjuMxV4qk&feature=related.
 
For Williams, she describes her songs as “conversations,” sometimes joyful, sometimes angry, sometimes a mix of both. “This album is you getting to peek in on me sometimes having it out with God, sometimes crying to God, sometimes laughing,” she says. “But it’s always going to be a transparent look at what’s going on in my heart, because that’s who I want to be before Him. If I want Him to use me, then I have to be willing to share everything.” 
 
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07/28/2011
Rock & Worship Road Show
 3RD ANNUAL “ROCK & WORSHIP ROADSHOW” CONTINUES WITH STAR-STUDDED LINEUP:
MERCYME, JARS OF CLAY, DISCIPLE,
HAWK NELSON, MATT MAHER & GROUP 1 CREW
TO HIT A DOZEN TOUR MARKETS THIS NOVEMBER
 
(Nashville, Tenn.) June 28, 2011--"The Rock and Worship Roadshow” will venture into their second leg of the tour hitting 12 markets this November with a stellar cast including MercyMe, Jars of Clay, Disciple, Hawk Nelson, Matt Maher and Group 1 Crew. Talented rapper Trip Lee along with other artists will serve as the pre-showentertainment. This will mark the first time "The Rock and Worship Roadshow" will tour in the fall in addition to their annual spring trek.
 
Admission prices will be the traditional $10 at-the-door, making it an affordable event for the whole family. Compassion International will once again serve as a tour sponsor. Compassion International is a Christian child advocacy ministry that releases children from spiritual, economic, social and physical poverty and enables them to become responsible, fulfilled Christian adults.  For more information on Compassion International go to http://www.compassion.com.

Kicking off Nov. 4 in Grand Rapids, MI, the tour will stop in cities such as Cleveland, OH,  Atlanta, GA, Columbia, SC, Oklahoma City, OK, and Kansas City, MO before wrapping on Nov. 20 in Memphis, TN.

See full list of markets are listed below, but stay tuned to www.rockandworshiproadshow.com for the latest tour information.
 
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About MercyMe:   
Since their debut in 2001, Grammy-nominated, American Music Award and multiple GMA Dove Award winners MercyMe have sold over 6 million units in CD and DVD sales, while being one of few Contemporary Christian music groups to have had all of their recordings certified Gold or Platinum, as well as garner 23 No.1 multi-format Christian radio singles, and four consecutive mainstream radio hits with “I Can Only Imagine,” (No. 4 AC/top 25 on Top 40/Hot AC), “Here With Me” (No. 4 AC),  “Homesick” (top 10 AC), and “So Long Self.” In 2009 BILLBOARD named MercyMe's "Word Of God Speak" the #1 Song of The Decade and the group the #1 Christian Songs Artist of the Decade, with an additional #1 as the Christian AC Song Artist of The Decade as one of the industry's most notable talents. MercyMe recently made history as “I Can Only Imagine” surpassed 1 million digital downloads, making it the first song in Christian music to go platinum in the digital domain. The multi-platinum selling band has sold out venues including Radio City Music Hall and has been seen on The Tonight Show,  CNN, Fox New Channel’s Fox & Friends, ABC News, CBS’ The Early Show, and on the pages of Entertainment Weekly, The New York Times, USA Today, Billboard, and more. www.mercyme.org
  
About Jars of Clay:
Jars of Clay, made up of members Dan Haseltine (vocals), Charlie Lowell (keyboards), Stephen Mason (guitars), and Matt Odmark (guitars), launched its breakout career with the multi-format hit “Flood” in 1995. Since then, it has amassed more than 6 million in career sales (5 Gold, 2 Platinum and 1 Double Platinum certification), three GRAMMY Awards (from 8 nominations), an American Music Award nod, six GMA Dove Award nominations, 17 No. 1 radio hits, and numerous film credits and BMI honors for songwriting and performing. The band’s GRAMMY-nominated 10th album, The Long Fall Back to Earth, debuted at No. 1 on SoundScan and on Oct. 5, 2010,

Jars of Clay released the compelling and community-minded project, Jars of Clay Presents The Shelter featuring guest artists including Matt Maher and Audrey Assad.
 
While celebrated for its music and writing, Jars of Clay is most concerned with the needs in Africa. Compelled to make a difference, the group successfully launched the Blood:Water Mission, a non-profit organization promoting clean blood and water in Africa. Since the band’s debut, Jars of Clay has built an extraordinary career based on the uncompromising integrity of its music, worldview, and humanitarianism. For more information, please go to www.jarsofclay.com.
 
  
About Disciple:
Disciple has released four records with Fair Trade Services: Disciple (2005) brought home three No. 1 hits, their sophomore album Scars Remain (2006) bolstered the band’s radio hit “After the World” and their third record Southern Hospitality (2008). The award-winning rock group’s fourth album Horseshoes & Handgrenades debuted at No. 1 on Christian soundscan upon its release in the fall of 2010. Disciple has been nominated for 10 GMA Dove Awards,
garnered two wins for “Rock Album of the Year,” scored 10 No. 1 Christian Rock singles and four No. 1 CHR hits.  Disciple’s music has been featured on “Best Damn Sports Show,” NFL’s “Total Axxess,” WWE’s “Cyber Sunday,” “Criminal Minds,” “CSI Miami” and Speed TV’s “Speed Report,” as well as in venues such as Wachovia Center in Philadelphia and even Madison Square Garden in New York City. The bandhas played 2,000 shows in their 14 year career spanning 10 headlining tours, and opening stints for Skillet, Red, Kutless and the Newsboys.
 
Disciple is comprised of Kevin Young– vocals, Israel Beachy- bass, Andrew Welch- guitar, Micah Sannan- guitar and Trent Reiff- drums. www.disciplerocks.com
 
About Hawk Nelson:
This powerhouse, pop rock foursome hailing from Canada has won the hearts of thousands since their debut release. In 2009, Hawk Nelson performed fans across the country with the Winter Jam Tour Spectacular, REVOLVE tour, the Rock and Worship Roadshow and Skillet's Awake & Alive tour. Despite their insane touring schedule, the guys recorded their fourth studio album, “Live Life Loud," which released September 2009. This release was the third top album on the overall Christian chart, the 18th digital album in the nation, the second digital album on the Christian chart and debuted with eight singles in the Top 200 digital tracks during street week. "Live Life Loud" followed the successful release, Hawk Nelson Is My Friend, which debuted at #34 on the Billboard Top 200 selling more than 18k units in its first week. Hawk Nelson has also appeared on NBC’s drama “American Dreams,” a cameo appearance in the Nickelodeon film “Yours, Mine, & Ours” as well as had their songs featured on NBC’s Stanley Cup promo spots, WB’s Smallville, Summerland, & Laguna Beach. In addition, the band has formed a lasting relationship with TOMS Shoes. TOMS Shoes provide shoes for children in poverty stricken areas with the motto “One for One.” For the band’s effort, every pair of shoes purchased via Hawk Nelson’s website, TOMS donates a pair of shoes to someone in Haiti as the band’s ongoing involvement with the Hands & Feet Orphanage. In 2010, Hawk Nelson's "Live Life Loud" was nominated for two GMA Dove Awards (Music Packaging & Short Form Video). For more information visit www.hawknelson.com and follow the band on Twitter @HawkNelson.
 
About Matt Maher:
Matt Maher – worship leader, songwriter, singer and recording artist – has taken his calling as a “musical missionary” to create a substantial impact on a national and global stage. As an award-winning songwriter, Maher gained notice as the writer of the internationally renowned modern-worship song, “Your Grace Is Enough” which is currently on the Top 10 of the CCLI chart, marking their popularity in church worship services around the world. Highly sought after for his poignant yet poetic writing style, Maher has recently had songs recorded by such artists as Michael W. Smith; Chris Tomlin; Hawk Nelson; Phillips, Craig & Dean; Audrey Assad; Brenton Brown and others.
 
Maher garnered Album of the Year and Song of the Year at last year’s Covenant Awards (GMA Canada) as well as six award nominations at the 41st Annual GMA Dove Awards including nods in the prestigious Song of the Year category and Worship Song of the Year for “I Will Rise,” a song recorded by Chris Tomlin. He picked up another nod in the Worship Song of the Year category for the song “Alive Again” as well as one for Praise & Worship Album of the Year for his acclaimed sophomore project Alive Again. Maher claimed a Dove Award in the Special Event Album of the Year category for his contribution on the Glory Revealed II: The Word of God in Worship project.
   
Amid busy touring and writing schedules, Maher finds it important to serve alongside ministries including Life Teen and Adore Ministries. Further, he serves as a regular host for Worship Together’s “Newsong Café.” Maher, recently honored with a Praise Award as Worship Leader’s Breakout Artist of 2008, has been featured on the covers of Breakaway and Christian Single, performed live on “FOX & Friends,” written for Billboard Magazine and is an active, bylined contributor to OnFaith.com ( http://e2ma.net/go/7147674516/208628178/224034878/1405366/goto:http://www.newsweek.washingtonpost.com/onfaith ), an interactive conversation on religion.
 
Maher is scheduled to release his third album, The Love In Between, in September 2001.

For more information on Matt Maher, please visit: http://www.mattmahermusic.com. For the latest in Matt Maher news and updates, follow him on twitter: http://www.twitter.com/mattmahermusic.
 
About Group 1 Crew:
With a unique hybrid of hip-hop, rock, funk and soul, Group1Crew is an award-winning band that lets diversity and their faith backgrounds inspire them. Group1Crew’s Manwell, Pablo and Blanca have teamed together for one unified purpose- to shine the love of Christ through the power of song.

Group1Crew has taken home five GMA Dove Awards to date. Winning “Rap/Hip-Hop Album of the Year” for Group1Crew (2008), Ordinary Dreamers (2009) and Outta Space Love (2011), along with winning “Rap/Hip-Hop Recorded Song of the Year” for “Movin” (2010) and “Walking On the Stars” (2011).  Additionally, Group1Crew has toured with artists such as FireFlight, KJ52 and Hawk Nelson, along with playing on major tours such as WinterJam and Revolve. For more information on the group please visit group1crew.com

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 ROCK AND WORSHIP ROADSHOW ROUTING FALL 2011    
FRI 4-Nov  GRAND RAPIDS, MI // VAN ANDEL ARENA   
SAT 5-Nov  FT WAYNE, IN // MEMORIAL COLISEUM   
SUN 6-Nov  CLEVELAND, OH // WOLSTEIN CENTER          
THU 10-Nov  ATLANTA, GA // PHILLIPS ARENA
FRI 11-Nov  CHARLOTTE, NC // BOJANGLES COLISEUM   
SAT 12-Nov  KNOXVILLE, TN // UT ARENA   
SUN 13-Nov  COLUMBIA, SC // COLONIAL LIFE ARENA          
THU 17-Nov  OKLAHOMA CITY, OK // OK CITY ARENA   
FRI 18-Nov  WICHITA, KS // INTRUST CENTER   
SAT 19-Nov  KANSAS CITY, MO // SPRINT CENTER   
SUN 20-Nov  MEMPHIS, TN // FEDEX FORUM
06/14/2011
Operation Pray Me Home
Operation Pray Me Home Event Planned for Saturday, June 18

to Support Ft. Hood Phantom Trackers

 

Phillips, Craig & Dean to Perform as Part of Festivities

 

Nashville, Tenn. Jun. 13, 2011… Operation Pray Me Home (OPMH), a collaborative effort to partner the 2nd Squadron, 38th Cavalry Regiment, known as the Phantom Trackers of Fort Hood with adoptive (civilian) families, will take place on Saturday, June 18 from noon to 4pm CST at Fort Hood military base in Fort Hood, Texas.

 

In this effort, each adoptive family will show support by sending prayers, cards and care packages to their soldier during deployment, and offer support to the family left behind. At the event, each soldier and their families will meet their adoptive family, and present their personal dog tags to be held as a constant reminder to pray for their safe return. In exchange, the family will present their adopted soldier with a deployment bag filled with essential items such as travel pillows, blankets, toiletries, socks, shower shoes and more. In addition, there will be children’s activities along with a performance from GMA Dove Award winners Phillips, Craig & Dean. The members of Phillips, Craig & Dean and their churches are participating sponsors of OPMH.

 

The Phantom Trackers of Fort Hood is a specialized Long Range Reconnaissance unit under the command of LTC David E. M. Jones. Each soldier has been handpicked from other units to carry out this mission over the next year to 18 months. They are the first of many units that the organization hopes to support.

 

OPMH is a collective effort of Celebration of Love, Austin area churches and corporate sponsors. Donations are still being accepted. For more information, visit http://celebrationoflove.org/events.shtml or http://www.operationpraymehome.com.

 

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About Phillips, Craig  & Dean: Since forming, Phillips, Craig & Dean have released 11 albums which has now produced 20 No. 1 radio hits, almost three million records sold, two GMA Dove Award wins and ten GMA Dove Award nominations. For more information, www.phillipscraiganddean.com.

 

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06/09/2011
Swedish Hard-rockers Blindside’s With Shivering Hearts We Wait Impresses Critics

Album Debuts at No. 8 on iTunes ® Mainstream Rock Chart

New Single “Our Love Saves Us” Breaks Into

 Billboard Top 5 Christian Rock Songs

Four years after the release of their last record, rockers Blindside have partnered with Fair Trade Services/Sony RED to return from hiatus with the release of their sixth album, With Shivering Hearts We Wait and the fans are eager to listen as the record debuted at No.8 on iTunes ® Mainstream Rock Chart.  The band, who has appeared on “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” collaborated with music icons including Smashing Pumpkins’ leader Billy Corgan and toured extensively world-wide alongside acts such as P.O.D. and Linkin Park, are now wowing critics with their newest project:

“It's a streamlined little monster of a record, not wasting any time to get to the hooks and the introduction of the band's core power: the gripping vocals of frontman Christian Lindskog. The rest of the impassioned pull of Shivering flows out of the driven attack of Lindskog's bandmates.” –Alternative Press

 “After a four year break from the scene, Blindside have made what may be the best album of their career, giving us With Shivering Hearts We Wait. Well worth the wait.”-HM Magazine

 “Blindside is back and sounding even more hungry than the first go around. With Shivering Hearts We Wait boasts both some of the hard rock act’s most mighty aggression beside some of its greatest accessibility.”-CCM Magazine

“From the album's blistering opener to its electronic filled final cut, With Shivering Hearts We Wait was more than worth the wait. It's an exciting new entry into what hopes to be a long new chapter in the band's career.” –JesusFreakHideout.com

 “The good songs aren’t just good, they’re great. I believe that I speak for everyone when I say, welcome back old friends. We sure have missed you.” -The New Review

The debut single, “Our Love Saves Us” is currently impacting radio stations across the nation, presently at No. 4 on Billboard’s Christian Rock Songs chart. The song marks the first release from With Shivering Hearts We Wait, which was helmed by producer Howard Benson (My Chemical Romance, Flyleaf, Skillet) who helped create a bombastic and epic sound that still stays true to the band’s aggressive stylings. The relationship between Benson and the band has been longstanding, with the producer guiding Blindside on two previous efforts: Silence (2002) and About a Burning Fire (2004).

In addition to the new record, Blindside has launched a new website, www.withshiveringheartswewait.com. The site features mini-webisodes, documentary clips, and streaming of the full album. Also, in the upcoming weeks the band will announce details about their headlining USA tour.

For more information on Blindside and With Shivering Hearts We Wait please go to www.blindsideonline.com.

06/09/2011
Rock Band Blindside Returns With New Project With Shivering Hearts We Wait Slated for June 7
They have been seen on “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” have collaborated with music icons including Smashing Pumpkins leader Billy Corgan and heard around the world on World Wrestling Entertainment. Now, after four years since the release of their last project, rock band Blindside is partnering with Fair Trade Services/Sony RED to unveil their sixth album, With Shivering Hearts We Wait, on June 7.
 
“When we decided it was time to make another record, everyone’s perspective was really renewed and we’re super pumped right now to be doing the band again,” front man Christian Lindskog said. “We just needed to break away from music for a bit because it starts to define who you are when you should be finding it in a higher purpose.”
 
After taking time to be with their families and reenergize after over a decade of touring the world and releasing material, the Swedish natives reconnected with producer Howard Benson (My Chemical Romance, Papa Roach, Flyleaf) to deliver an evolved artistic sound that still harkens back to band’s signature styles. Benson helmed the Elektra Records collections Silence (2002) and About a Burning Fire (2004) and helped create what is said to be their most compelling collection to date.
 
“The similarities between With Shivering Hearts We Wait and past projects is that we’re always striving to get the right songs for a project and the spirit is still Blindside,” assures Lindskog. “But this album is very different in the sense that it took us a lot longer to write and record it. We used to get everyone in a room and start jamming, but this time we started with an acoustic framework that was eventually translated into rock n’ roll songs.”
 
“There are definitely some new elements, such as putting strings or an electronic sound over a really bombastic song,” adds guitarist Simon Grenehed. “We wanted to make the record sound big and didn’t feel like there were any boundaries."
 
Introducing strings and electronic elements, Blindside’s rock n’ roll styling turns epic and bombastic on many of the songs. One such song, “Our Love Saves Us” will act as the albums debut single, impacting Christian radio this Friday.
 
In addition to introducing America to their new single, Blindside recently launched their new website www.withshiveringheartswewait.com, where mini documentary videos are being posted leading up to the album release while also leaking all 10 songs off their new record before it becomes available to the public.  Those who get involved with the band’s pre-order will receive a unique special edition With Shivering Hearts We Wait album.
 
For more information on Blindside and With Shivering Hearts We Wait please go to www.blindsideonline.com
04/28/2011
Laura Story’s Blessings Makes Strong Debut Selling over 6k Units
Laura Story’s Blessings Makes Strong Debut Selling over 6k Units

Latest Release Attains No.2 Spot on Overall Soundscan Chart
 
 
(Nashville, Tenn) April 21, 2011-- Laura Story released her sophomore album Blessings last week and the 10-track worship album made a strong debuted selling over 6,000 units and landing at No. 2 on Soundscan’s Overall Chart, No. 4 on iTunes® Christian Albums Chart.

The title-track single is continuing to hold the No. 1 spot on iTunes ® Christian Singles Chart for five consecutive weeks and also recently hit No.1 on the Overall Christian/Gospel Digital Tracks Soundscan Chart. “Blessings” has also been making a huge impact at radio. So far, over 80 Billboard Christian format reporting stations have added the single and music directors are saying they haven’t seen a song with this kind of connection in years:

" 'I Can Only Imagine', 'How He Loves' and now 'Blessings' - it's one of those songs that unexpectedly touches listeners in their deepest need," says Wally Dekker from WBFJ-FM in Greensboro. "Laura Story's simple delivery of such a poignant message provides instant connection. If you want a song that elicits response, please consider.  If you want a song that will touch hearts for eternity, it's a must add."
 
In addition to having a top selling record and single, the critically acclaimed worship leader celebrated her third nomination for  “Female Vocalist of the Year” for the 42nd Annual Dove Awards last night. For the first time, Story took the stage and performed alongside other “Female Vocalist” nominees in a tribute to music legend Sandi Patty. Fans can tune in to watch the special performance on the 42nd Annual Dove Awards, on gmc Sunday, April 24 at 7pm EST.

For more information on Laura Story, please visit www.laurastorymusic.com.

   
04/14/2011
Jonny Diaz's Anticipated Self-Titled Project Releases
Today is the day! Jonny Diaz's anticipated self-titled project releases is now officially available in stores and online. From descriptions of "authentic" and "inspiring," to "encouraging," "refreshing" and "honest," Jonny Diaz releases to much critical acclaim. If you haven't yet heard the heartfelt songs from this inspiring songwriter, you will after you see what the critics are saying. Read on...
 
"Throughout the entirety of the album there is a positive, inspirational ambience...if you’re looking for a healthy dose of encouraging songs, few albums will do the trick better."
 
Jonny Diaz is a strong follow up that will more than satisfy fans of More Beautiful You, and it has moments of originality and honesty that are quite good.”
 
"...The center of the album is a worshipful heart that beats strong and steadfast."
 
“One unique quality I do enjoy about the way he presents himself in his music is you can feel the authenticity behind what he is singing...that he is really doing his work for the kingdom....a must buy for anyone with a love for acoustically-driven artists."
 
“Believers will find this album inspiring and encouraging....the twelve song release keeps God at the forefront throughout, which is sadly becoming more rare today....Diaz puts together an impressive and refreshing album."
 
 
MORE ABOUT THE MUSIC - JONNY DIAZ:
This singer and songwriting talent is excited to be promoting his highly anticipated CD and its first single, "Beauty of the Cross." The other songs from Jonny Diaz also encompass a full range of human emotions – from the heights of love to the depths of grief; from praising God to a cry for those whose lives are broken. Through his music, the Church receives challenging and encouraging reminders that every broken human life can find redemption in God’s love.
 
Continuing to heavily promote his new music throughout street week, Diaz ran a big Facebook promotion over the weekend and is currently calling more than 70 radio stations to talk about the record, chatting with outlets such as American Family Radio, KCMS Seattle, WONU Chicago, WAWZ New York, KFIS Portland, WCSG Grand Rapids, and WVFJ Atlanta. The first radio tune, "Beauty of the Cross," is currently #8 on Billboard’s Christian AC Indicator Chart. It is also No. 2 on Soft AC/Inspo and #18 AC Monitored and new stations are coming on board each week. 
 
Jonny Diaz was produced by Ed Cash (Dave Barnes, Chris Tomlin), Chris Stevens (Toby Mac, Sanctus Real), Jeff Pardo (Josh Wilson, Denver and the Mile High Orchestra), and Steve Wilson (Josh Wilson, Leeland).
 
MORE ABOUT THE ARTIST - JONNY DIAZ
There is no question that Jonny Diaz is an artist with a mission - to serve the Body of Christ. And from the very beginning of his music career, his desire has always been to write songs that encourage and entertain, yet challenge fellow believers. His latest CD compilation definitely accomplishes that mission.

“I attempted to break free from some of the traditional confines of Christian music, but I couldn’t get away from the fact that most of my songs revolve around my relationship with Christ," Diaz shares. "He is the focus of my life, and I find it impossible to honestly record my emotions and my journey without including Him. The people who truly understand my music share this same kind of relationship with God.”
04/14/2011
Critically Acclaimed Worship Leader Laura Story’s Blessings Impresses Critics
Critically Acclaimed Worship Leader Laura Story’s
Blessings Impresses Critics
  
Title-Track Single Holds the No. 1 spot on
iTunes ® Singles Chart for 4 Consecutive Weeks
  
“Female Vocalist of the Year” Nominees’
Latest Release Available Nationwide
  
(Nashville, Tenn) April 14, 2011—This year’s “Female Vocalist” Dove Award nominee, critically acclaimed singer/songwriter Laura Story, whose title-track single has dominated the iTunes ® Christian Singles Chart at No. 1 for four consecutive weeks, released her sophomore album Blessings this week. While the album debuted in the Top 5 on iTunes ® Top Christian Albums Chart, it’s also making a lasting impression on critics:
 
“Blessings is a worship record all the way. Her work focuses on lyrics from the heart, songs that reflect on hope, injustice, redemption, and love. Time spent with Blessings lets her earnest, tender music unfold into something sweetly beautiful.”-JesusFreakHideout.com

“These songs of praise and surrender to God will encourage you to fall in love with Him all over again.”- CBN.com

 “Songstress Laura Story may have emerged on the scene as ‘the girl who wrote ‘Indescribable,’ but her latest offering cements her as a stunning worship leader and vocalist. Her voice is pure and flawless, and each song is perfectly arranged … and the result is an incredible work of art.” --CCM Magazine

"Story’s vulnerability on tracks like ‘Blessings’ keep this from becoming 'just another worship album.'"—ChristianityToday.com

“Blessings completely solidifies Laura as the premier singer-songwriter in the Inspirational genre…Don’t miss out on one of the best albums of the year!”-NewReleaseTuesday.com

 
Story recently stopped by The Fish in Atlanta & Nashville in addition to K-LOVE’s morning show with Lisa & Eric to talk about her new album and the self-titled track. After releasing a few short weeks ago, the single is quickly climbing the radio charts, currently landing in the Top 10 at Soft AC/INSPO and No. 21 on Billboard’s Christian AC Chart.
 
Recorded in Chris Tomlin’s studio in Atlanta, GA and produced by prominent producer Nathan Nockels (Passion, Chris Tomlin and Philips, Craig & Dean), Blessings is the follow-up album to her freshman release Great God Who Saves. The new record is infused with pop energy and singer/songwriter warmth. While Story penned most of the ten songs herself, she also co-wrote with her good friend Mac Powell from Third Day and Brenton Brown.
 
With her album dropping this week, Story is currently in route across the south promoting Blessings, on April 20th she’ll take a break from the road and perform on the 42nd Annual Dove Awards at the FOX Theatre in Atlanta, GA. The highly anticipated event will air on GMC Easter Sunday at 7pm EST. Tickets to the 42nd Annual GMA Dove Awards are now on sale at the Fox Theatre box office in Atlanta or at www.ticketmaster.com
 
For more information on Laura Story, please visit www.laurastorymusic.com.
 
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About Laura Story:
Laura Story, a talented worship leader and songwriter known for penning hit worship songs such as “Indescribable” made famous by Chris Tomlin, made her music debut in 2008 with her first release Great God Who Saves. Great God Who Saves garnered her four Dove nominations in 2009, at which she took home her first award for “Inspirational Album of the Year.” This year, she is also nabbed another nomination for “Female Vocalist of the Year.” Her hit single “Mighty To Save” earned a No. 1 Soft AC/Inspo and Top 10 AC hit at Christian radio as well, and now, on April 12, Story will reveal twelve new inspirational tracks on her sophomore release titled Blessings. Story teamed up with producer Nathan Nockels (Passion. Philips, Craig & Dean, Point of Grace) to deliver a worship project that exudes constant threads of pop energy and singer/songwriter warmth. For more information on Story, please go to www.laurastorymusic.com 
03/21/2011
Dove Award Winning Artist Laura Story’s “Blessings” Debuts at No. 1 on iTunes ® Christian Singles Chart
Dove Award Winning Artist Laura Story’s “Blessings”
Debuts at No. 1 on iTunes ® Christian Singles Chart
 
Three-Time Female Vocalist Nominee Set to
Perform at 42nd Annual Dove Awards
 
Nashville, TN…March 18, 2011…Dove Award Winner and this year’s female vocalist nominee Laura Story released the title track from her upcoming album Blessings earlier this week on iTunes ® and in less than 24 hours, the track skyrocketed to No. 1 on the Christian Singles Chart. In addition, the single also placed in Billboard’s Top 200 Chart at No.155.
 
“Blessings” is the debut single off Story’s sophomore album set to release on April 12. The single has already gained attention from stations like KLOVE, American Family Radio, KSBJ Houston, WBFJ Greensboro and more. Radio stations across America continue adding it to their playlists each week. Early reactions to the song lyrics have proven to have significant emotional impact to those listening. In just one short week, a fan-generated video featuring the song has garnered over 80,000 views. (Lyrics to the song are listed below. The song can be heard at laurastorymusic.com.) Laura opens up about the song in this personal video. 
 
Following in the footsteps of her freshman release, the critically acclaimed Great God Who Saves, Blessings, produced by Nathan Nockels (Passion, Philips, Craig & Dean, Chris Tomlin) is a worship project at heart with constant threads of pop energy and singer/songwriter warmth.
 
Shortly after the release of her new album, Story will perform at this year’s 42nd Annual Dove Awards. The event will be held on Wednesday, April 20 at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, GA. Fans can tune in to watch Story take the stage on April 24 at 7pm (EST) on GMC. Tickets to the 42nd Annual GMA Dove Awards are now on sale at the Fox Theatre box office in Atlanta or at www.ticketmaster.com
 
For more information on Story, please visit www.laurastorymusic.com.
 
Blessings
Laura Story
We pray for blessings
We pray for peace
Comfort for family, protection while we sleep
We pray for healing, for prosperity
We pray for Your mighty hand to ease our suffering
All the while, You hear each spoken need
Yet love is way too much to give us lesser things

‘Cause what if your blessings come through raindrops
What if Your healing comes through tears
What if a thousand sleepless nights are what it takes to know You’re near
What if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise

We pray for wisdom
Your voice to hear
We cry in anger when we cannot feel You near
We doubt your goodness, we doubt your love
As if every promise from Your Word is not enough
All the while, You hear each desperate plea
As long as we have faith to believe

When friends betray us
When darkness seems to win
We know that pain reminds this heart
That this is not our home

What if my greatest disappointments
Or the aching of this life
Is the revealing of a greater thirst this world can’t satisfy
What if trials of this life
The rain, the storms, the hardest nights
Are your mercies in disguise
© 2011 New Spring (ASCAP) / Gleaning Publishing (ASCAP) (adm by Music Services)
 
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About Laura Story:
Laura Story, a talented worship leader and songwriter known for penning hit worship songs such as “Indescribable” made famous by Chris Tomlin, made her music debut in 2008 with her first release Great God Who Saves. Great God Who Saves garnered her four Dove nominations in 2009, at which she took home her first award for “Inspirational Album of the Year.” This year, she is also nabbed another nomination for “Female Vocalist of the Year.” Her hit single “Mighty To Save” earned a No. 1 Soft AC/Inspo and Top 10 AC hit at Christian radio as well, and now, on April 12, Story will reveal twelve new inspirational tracks on her sophomore release titled Blessings. Story teamed up with producer Nathan Nockels (Passion. Philips, Craig & Dean, Point of Grace) to deliver a worship project that exudes constant threads of pop energy and singer/songwriter warmth. For more information on Story, please go to www.laurastorymusic.com 
 
About GMA:
Founded in 1964, the Gospel Music Association serves as the face and voice for the Gospel/Christian music community and is dedicated to exposing, promoting and celebrating the Gospel through music of all styles including Pop, Rock, Praise & Worship, Urban Gospel, R&B, Hip Hop, Southern Gospel, Bluegrass, Country and more. The GMA community consists of members including agents, artists, church leaders, managers, promoters, radio personnel, record company executives, retailers, songwriters and other industry visionaries. The GMA produces the GMA Dove Awards, GMA Dove Week and IMMERSE. For more on supporting the GMA or becoming a member, please visit  www.gospelmusic.org or contact the GMA directly at 615.277.1376.
 
About GMC:
GMC ( www.watchgmctv.com), the fastest-growing network in television and the number one digital network in perceived value (source: BETA Research), is America’s favorite channel for uplifting music and family entertainment. In 2010, The Parents Television Council™ awarded its Entertainment Seal of Approval™ to GMC for being “an authentic family-friendly cable network.” GMC was the only television network to receive the highly coveted honor last year.
 
GMC can be seen in nearly 48 million homes on various cable systems around the country, on DIRECTV on channel 338 and on Verizon FiOS on channel 224.
03/21/2011
MERCYME EMBARKS ON SECOND LEG OF LOVEWELL LIVE THIS SPRING
MERCYME EMBARKS ON SECOND LEG OF LOVEWELL LIVE THIS SPRING

Award-Winning Female Vocalist Natalie Grant and
GRAMMY ® Nominated Artist Brandon Heath
Share the Stage for Upcoming Tour

Nashville, TN…March 17, 2011… This spring multi-platinum selling band MercyMe will embark on the second leg of the Lovewell Live tour.  Accompanying them on the stage will be award-winning female vocalist Natalie Grant and GRAMMY® nominated artist Brandon Heath. The tour will launch on April 7 in Beaumont, TX and entertain audiences through the season.  For a full list of tour dates, please visit www.mercyme.org.

In the midst of Lovewell Live, on April 9th in Dallas, TX MercyMe will wrap up the 2011 Rock & Worship Roadshow with The Afters, Natalie Grant, Brandon Heath and special guest Jeff Johnson. Then the GRAMMY ® nominated band will plunge back into Lovewell Live and finish out the tour.

Lovewell Live is inspired by their latest album, The Generous Mr. Lovewell, which revolves around a fictional character the band created who reminds people that they simply need to love others well.  It is from this idea that has generated a domino effect around America of people taking that extra step to lend a helping hand to their neighbor. The band has also been continuously living out the message throughout the year by serving at Rescue Missions, assisting with can food drives, assisting with disaster relief and more.
 
Featured on The Generous Mr. Lovewell is the No. 1 hit “All of Creation,” nominated for “Song of the Year” and “Pop/Contemporary Recorded Song of the Year” for the 42nd Annual Dove Awards. They are also nominated for “Group of the Year” making this their 12th Dove nomination. The record also includes their most recent chart-topper “Beautiful,” which dominated the Billboard Christian AC Monitored, Indicator and Inspo charts taking the No. 1 spot. 
 
For more information on MercyMe and the Lovewell Live tour, please visit www.mercyme.org.
 
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About MercyMe:  
Since their debut in 2001, Grammy-nominated, American Music Award and multiple GMA Dove Award winners MercyMe have sold over 6 million units in CD and DVD sales, while being one of few Contemporary Christian music groups to have had all of their recordings certified Gold or Platinum, as well as garner 23 No.1 multi-format Christian radio singles, and four consecutive mainstream radio hits with “I Can Only Imagine,” (No. 4 AC/top 25 on Top 40/Hot AC), “Here With Me” (No. 4 AC),  “Homesick” (top 10 AC), and “So Long Self.” In 2009 BILLBOARD named MercyMe's "Word Of God Speak" the #1 Song of The Decade and the group the #1 Christian Songs Artist of the Decade, with an additional #1 as the Christian AC Song Artist of The Decade as one of the industry's most notable talents. MercyMe recently made history as “I Can Only Imagine” surpassed 1 million digital downloads, making it the first song in Christian music to go platinum in the digital domain. The multi-platinum selling band has sold out venues including Radio City Music Hall and has been seen on The Tonight Show,  CNN, Fox New Channel’s Fox & Friends, ABC News, CBS’ The Early Show, and on the pages of Entertainment Weekly, The New York Times, USA Today, Billboard, and more. www.mercyme.org
 
About Natalie Grant:
A powerhouse vocalist, heart-gripping songwriter and charismatic performer, Natalie Grant has an unshakable determination to remind us of the simple significance of love, and the revolutionary power that it carries, as expressed on her latest project, Love Revolution.  Released in August 2010, Love Revolution gave Natalie the highest-selling debut of her career and continues to do well, with its latest single "Your Great Name" steadily climbing the radio charts.
 
As GMA Female Vocalist of the Year for four consecutive years (2006-2009) and the top-selling Adult Contemporary female solo artist in 2005, 2006 and 2008, Grant is among a select number of artists to have achieved a formidable foothold at mainstream media and radio. Her 2005 breakthrough album, Awaken, received RIAA Gold certification and its follow-up, Relentless, has experienced significant sales since its 2008 release. Despite these accomplishments, it is the message of the Gospel, and the revolutionary power of love it carries, that she waves as her banner and her hope.
 
Beyond her artistry, she declares this message as an outspoken advocate for victims of human trafficking. The Home Foundation, which Grant created in 2005, has raised over a quarter of a million dollars to fight the trafficking of women and children for the purpose of sexual exploitation. She works to balance these endeavors with her greatest calling—as a wife, and mother of three. www.nataliegrant.com
 
  
About Brandon Heath:
Christian music’s reigning, twice-honored Male Vocalist of the Year (2009 and 2010) Brandon Heath possesses a true songwriter’s gift of making the personal universal. In January, Heath debuted his third studio album, titled Leaving Eden, at No. 1 on Billboard and iTunes Christian sales charts. His soaring radio career includes four No.1 hits, “Your Love,” “I’m Not Who I Was,” “Wait and See” and 2009’s GMA Dove-winning Song of the Year, and RIAA Gold digital single, “Give Me Your Eyes.” Brandon first began writing at age 13 and credits his hometown’s legendary hotspot for songwriters, the Bluebird Café, as the place he first experienced music that moved him.
 
Since his 2006 debut, Heath has won an Emmy Award, been nominated for two GRAMMYs, an American Music Award, and holds multiple GMA Dove Awards. The Nashville native has been featured on the “CBS Evening News with Katie Couric,” and in the pages of the Wall Street Journal and the Sunday edition of The New York Times.

Off stage, Heath seeks opportunities to merge his public platform with his heart for community, regularly working with Young Life, Blood:Water Mission, Restore International and unofficially volunteering for many other human rights agencies on a global scale. Heath also created the annual “Love Your Neighbor” benefit with Dove-winning songwriter Jason Ingram, in partnership with Fellowship Bible Church in Brentwood, Tennessee, for a night of music to raise funds and gather volunteers for a focused need in the Nashville community. The event has raised financial support for flood and tornado victims, and an uninsured high school student's eyesight-saving surgery.
02/28/2011
Jonny Diaz Aims to Encourage, Entertain, and Challenge the Church with Anticipated Self-Titled Release
JONNY DIAZ AIMS TO ENCOURAGE, ENTERTAIN, AND CHALLENGE THE CHURCH WITH ANTICIPATED SELF-TITLED RELEASE, Arriving April 12th,

 

Singer/songwriter Jonny Diaz is an artist with a mission - to serve the Body of Christ. And from the very beginning of his music career, his desire has always been to write songs that encourage and entertain, yet challenge fellow believers. His latest CD release, titled simply Jonny Diaz, is a collection of songs that definitely accomplishes that mission.

 

“I attempted to break free from some of the traditional confines of Christian music, but I couldn’t get away from the fact that most of my songs revolve around my relationship with Christ," Diaz shares. "He is the focus of my life, and I find it impossible to honestly record my emotions and my journey without including Him. The people who truly understand my music share this same kind of relationship with God.”

 

The songs from Jonny Diaz encompass a full range of human emotions – from the heights of love to the depths of grief; from praising God to a cry for those whose lives are broken. Through his music, the Church receives challenging and encouraging reminders that every broken human life can find redemption in God’s love.

 

The anticipated project, releasing April 12th, was produced by a plethora of talent. Those lending their skills to Jonny Diaz are Ed Cash (Dave Barnes, Chris Tomlin), Chris Stevens (Toby Mac, Sanctus Real), Jeff Pardo (Josh Wilson, Denver and the Mile High Orchestra), and Steve Wilson (Josh Wilson, Leeland).

 

Diaz also collaborated with others in the songwriting process, such Audrey Assad, Mia Fieldes, Kate York (co-writer on “More Beautiful You”) and Chris Stevens. “It can be challenging coming up with new ways to express themes that are important to believers. Co-writing encourages and inspires me,” says Diaz. “My own personal growth and new insights gave me fresh perspectives on old material, and co-writing added exciting and alternative ways to express what I was learning.”

 

Diaz also confronts timely issues in the Church with his writing. “These days we can become immune, and we need to be brokenhearted for the poor, to feel their pain the way that Christ feels it."

 

The project's first radio single, “Beauty of the Cross,” was especially important to Diaz. “This is the first song I’ve recorded that I haven’t written," he explains. "The first time I heard it, I was drawn straight to God’s throne in worship. I am not a ‘worship artist’ but there is something special about this song and I wanted to be a part of it. The great irony and beauty here is that we’re singing about one of the most awful torture devices ever conceived by man, and yet we are calling it ‘beautiful.’ Those of us whose lives have been changed by the sacrifice Jesus made for us at Calvary know exactly why the cross is so beautiful.” Click on the image below to watch his story behind the song, "Beauty of the Cross."

Currently planning to share these new songs on the road, Diaz looks forward to sharing his music with audiences everywhere. “As an artist, I believe God gifted me with an ability to relate through the songs and stories I share. I like looking out at the crowd and seeing the smiles on faces or tears in the eyes and knowing straightaway that these songs are connecting.” Diaz told himself he would continue as long as people were interested – and he feels that it is clearer now more than ever that this is what God has for him.

“I love making music; it’s challenging and fun,” he says, “but my prayer is always: Whatever God wants me to do, that is where I want to be. It is a prayer of abandon to be used by God wherever and whenever.” And today that is sharing music that encourages, entertains, and, above all, challenges the body of Christ.

JonnyDiaz.com

Twitter.com/jonnydiaz

Facebook.com/jonnydiaz

 

MORE ABOUT JONNY DIAZ:

Jonny Diaz released three independent projects before signing with Fair Trade Services. His first release as a signed artist, More Beautiful You (2009), produced the No. 1 radio single “More Beautiful You,” as well as Top 10's "Stand For You" and “Waiting Room,” and led Diaz to a 2010 Dove Award nomination for New Artist of the Year.

Jonny Diaz was one of 2009's breakout artists. With "More Beautiful You," he held the No. 1 spot at radio for four weeks in a row and to date, the song has received more than 170,000 single downloads and over 100,000 spins. The single also hit Top 25 on the mainstream AC/pop charts. For all of his songs combined, Diaz has had over one million MySpace plays, with "More Beautiful You" receiving over 700,000 MySpace plays alone.

2009's year-end charts placed Jonny Diaz No. 9 as Billboard's Hot Christian Songs Artist and "More Beautiful You" claimed the No. 6 spot on Billboard's AC charts. The song was also the 3rd best Christian Song of the year, according to AOL Radio. The music video won the "Contemporary Video" category in 2009's Gospel Music Channel Video Awards and received more votes than any other video in any of the categories. Along with exposure on GMC, the video has been seen by over 630,000 viewers on outlets such as YouTube, MySpace, and GodTube.


01/28/2011
Rock & Worship Roadshow Presents Battle of the Bands Contest
First Winning Band Takes the Stage in Huntsville, AL


This year the Rock & Worship Roadshow, which launches this Friday in Cape Girardeau, MO, is giving fans a chance to be a part of the show by presenting a Battle of the Bands contest in select tour markets, which can be found here.

To compete in The Battle of the Bands contest, listeners submit their music and youtube videos to their local radio station and the station narrows down contestants to a final three. The music from the top three finalists is passed along to the Roadshow artists who pick the winning act to perform a two-song set, 45 minutes prior to the beginning of the Rock & Worship Roadshow in the listeners' city.  

The first set of finalists were recently chosen and hail from Tennessee, Texas and Pennsylvania. A Nashville-based band was ultimately announced as the winner, and will take the stage next weekend in Huntsville, AL.
 
“The Battle of the Bands contest is a great opportunity for our listeners and for us to learn about the talent in our audience,” says Kris Spain from 88.1 Way-FM in Huntsville. “We are glad to help discover and encourage up-and-coming talent.  The station received over 30 entries from local bands and those in other states.  Most bands dream of opening for a concert like this, and we are glad to offer them the chance!”
 
 The all-star cast on the 3rd Annual Rock & Worship Roadshow includes MercyMe, Jars of Clay, Thousand Foot Krutch, Matt Maher and The Afters, with hip-hop artist LeCrae joining the lineup starting February 24. The Compassion International sponsored event will entertain audiences in major cities such as Chicago, Colorado Springs and Phoenix and more while on the 25-city tour. To see full list of tour dates click here.
 
For more information on the Roadshow and the Battle of the Bands contest, please visit www.therockandworshiproadshow.com.

01/11/2011
Sara Groves Named U.S. Delegate at Lausanne Congress on World Evangelism in Cape Town, South Africa
Sara Groves Joins Board of Directors for John Stott Ministries

Known for her active role with International Justice Mission, singer/songwriter and justice advocate Sara Groves has been chosen to be one of 400 U.S. Delegates for the Lausanne Congress. Last month, joined by husband Troy Groves, she attended the Third Lausanne Congress on World Evangelism in Cape Town, South Africa. The Lausanne Congress, founded by Billy Graham and John Stott in 1974, convened Christian leaders in Lausanne, Switzerland to mobilize the global Church and respond to the issues of their day.
 
Groves gathered with over 4,000 pastors, teachers, ministry professionals and young visionaries from more than 200 countries for the Congress. The goal of the event was to promote unity, humbleness in service, and a call to action for global evangelization.
 
“The Congress reminded me that we serve a global God. I had the opportunity to meet, worship, get to know and study God’s Word with other Believers from a wide spectrum of the Body of Christ,” says Groves as she reflects on her experience. “When someone’s context is so completely different from your own- it asks you a million different questions about the way you are following Jesus. When you are sharing with friends from places such as Monte Negro where there are only 140 believers in the entire country who were praying for me to have more love…it was just amazing.”
 
The critically acclaimed singer/songwriter took her listeners along for the ride by posting “twitter-sodes” via twitter @grovesroad, where they filmed clips of the conference, which provided viewers a personal inside look at this historic event.
 
In the few years leading up to this event, Lausanne Working Groups and Lausanne International Deputy Directors are engaging leadership teams to determine the relevant issues of the day pertaining to the church and worldwide evangelization and holistic ministry. These issues were discussed before and during and after Cape Town 2010 with the hope that new strategies and new collaborative efforts will be started so that many more men, women and young people will be able to hear and respond to the message of Christ presented in a relevant and culturally appropriate manner.
 
In addition to being part of the Lausanne Congress, Groves has had the privilege to be chosen to be a part of the Board of Directors for John Stott Ministries. John Stott Ministries is the USA affiliate member of Langham Partnership International, which exists to help churches in the Majority World grow in maturity and be equipped for mission through three programs: Langham Preaching, Langham Scholars and Langham Literature. These programs work with local and national church leaders, equipping them to build on the work of evangelists and church planters, through biblical preaching, teaching and writing.

For more information on Sara Groves please go to www.saragroves.com and additional details on Lausanne Congress please go to http://www.lausanne.org/about.html.
01/11/2011
3rd ANNUAL ROCK AND WORSHIP ROADSHOW ANNOUNCES ALL-STAR CAST
3rd ANNUAL ROCK AND WORSHIP ROADSHOW
ANNOUNCES ALL-STAR CAST
LINEUP INCLUDES MERCYME, JARS OF CLAY, THOUSAND FOOT KRUTCH, LECRAE, MATT MAHER AND THE AFTERS

Drawing over 350,000 to concert venues across the country since it’s successful launch in 2009, the Rock and Worship Roadshow, is ready to embark on it’s 3rd Annual run of the popular concert series.  Compassion International will serve as the executive producer and is proud to announce the star-studded cast which includes the recent American Music Award winning band MercyMe, critically acclaimed band Jars of Clay, Thousand Foot Krutch, Matt Maher and The Afters. In addition to this stellar lineup GRAMMY ® Award nominated hip-hop artist LeCrae will join the tour starting February 24.
 
The tour will entertain audiences in major cities such as Chicago, Colorado Springs and Phoenix and more while on the 25-city tour. The fun will kick off January 28 and carry through until March 13. (to see full list of tour dates click here)
 
The tradition continues, as admission prices will again be $10 at-the-door, making it an affordable event for the whole family. In addition to bringing a night of exciting performances, the tour is also dedicated to a much greater purpose:  helping children through Compassion International, a Christian child advocacy ministry that releases children from spiritual, economic, social and physical poverty and enables them to become responsible, fulfilled Christian adults.  For more information on Compassion International go to http://www.compassion.com.

For more information on the Roadshow please visit www.rockandworshiproadshow.com.

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About MercyMe:  
Since their debut in 2001, Grammy-nominated, American Music Award and multiple GMA Dove Award winners MercyMe have sold nearly 6 million units in CD and DVD sales, while being one of few Contemporary Christian music groups to have had all of their recordings certified Gold or Platinum, as well as garner 22 No.1 multi-format Christian radio singles, and four consecutive mainstream radio hits with “I Can Only Imagine,” (No. 4 AC/top 25 on Top 40/Hot AC), “Here With Me” (No. 4 AC),  “Homesick” (top 10 AC), and “So Long Self.” In 2009 BILLBOARD named MercyMe's "Word Of God Speak" the #1 Song of The Decade and the group the #1 Christian Songs Artist of the Decade, with an additional #1 as the Christian AC Song Artist of The Decade as one of the industry's most notable talents. MercyMe recently made history as “I Can Only Imagine” surpassed 1 million digital downloads, making it the first song in Christian music to go platinum in the digital domain. The multi-platinum selling band has sold out venues including Radio City Music Hall and has been seen on The Tonight Show,  CNN, Fox New Channel’s Fox & Friends, ABC News, CBS’ The Early Show, and on the pages of Entertainment Weekly, The New York Times, USA Today, Billboard, and more. http://mercyme.org/
  
 About Jars of Clay:
Jars of Clay, made up of members Dan Haseltine (vocals), Charlie Lowell (keyboards), Stephen Mason (guitars), and Matt Odmark (guitars), launched its breakout career with the multi-format hit “Flood” in 1995. Since then, it has amassed more than 6 million in career sales (5 Gold, 2 Platinum and 1 Double Platinum certification), three GRAMMY Awards (from 8 nominations), an American Music Award nod, six GMA Dove Award nominations, 17 No. 1 radio hits, and numerous film credits and BMI honors for songwriting and performing. The band’s GRAMMY-nominated 10th album, The Long Fall Back to Earth, debuted at No. 1 on SoundScan and on Oct. 5, 2010,

Jars of Clay released the compelling and community-minded project, Jars of Clay Presents The Shelter featuring guest artists including Matt Maher and Audrey Assad.
  
The band recently wrapped its fall co-headlining tour with Brandon Heath, which sold out 7 cities during the 23-city run.  In partnership with Blood:Water Mission and Food for the Hungry, the tour saw nearly 25,000 fans and more than 400 kids sponsored.
  
While celebrated for its music and writing, Jars of Clay is most concerned with the needs in Africa. Compelled to make a difference, the group successfully launched the Blood:Water Mission, a non-profit organization promoting clean blood and water in Africa. Since the band’s debut, Jars of Clay has built an extraordinary career based on the uncompromising integrity of its music, worldview, and humanitarianism. For more information, please go to www.jarsofclay.com.
  
About Thousand Foot Krutch:
Thousand Foot Krutch, started by frontman/songwriter Trevor McNevan, have sold over 750,000 copies to date of their albums Set It Off, Phenomenon, The Art Of Breaking, The Flame in All of Us and Welcome To The Masquerade. The band hit the musical scene with the independent album Set It Off and their album Phenomenon branched into mainstream radio with the single “Rawkfist”. TFK’s albums have garnered  10 No. 1 Christian Rock singles, four Top 25 Active Rock Singles, and five Top 10 Christian CHR singles. The past year has been a whirlwind for TFK since the release of their fifth studio album, “Welcome to the Masquerade,” which has produced three No. 1 Christian Rock singles, two top 10 Christian CHR singles, one top 15 Active Rock single, as well as numerous TV, film, gaming and sport arena placements including being featured at the Super Bowl in February as well as ESPN’s use during recent NCAA games.  The album was touted by media as a “their best,” the “best album of its genre to be released,” and one of the “very best albums of the year.”  They’ve headlined a variety of festivals and have performed with acts Skillet, Three Days Grace, Breaking Benjamin, Chevelle, Tobymac, Switchfoot to name a few. For more information on TFK visit their website (www.thousandfootkrutch.com, MySpace (www.myspace.com/thousandfootkrutch) Facebook ( http://www.facebook.com/thousandfootkrutch and Twitter - @officialTFK.  

About LeCrae:
A graduate of University of North Texas, Lecrae now resides in Atlanta, GA with his wife and children. He and his wife are small group leaders at Blueprint Church, and his passion for impacting urban culture persists. With four successful albums to his name, touring worldwide along with the 116 Clique, and inspiring a generation of
young believers across the globe, Lecrae is humbled by his position in leading others towards Christ. His hope is that Reach’s impact will spread far beyond simply the music and into the lives of individuals across the world, ultimately exalting Jesus Christ. Lecrae is the co-founder of Reach Life Ministries and Reach Records.
 
About Matt Maher: 
Matt Maher – worship leader, songwriter, singer and recording artist – has taken his calling as a “musical missionary” to create a substantial impact on a national and global stage. As an award-winning songwriter, Maher gained notice as the writer of the internationally renowned modern-worship song, “Your Grace Is Enough” which is currently on the Top 10 of the CCLI chart, marking their popularity in church worship services around the world. Highly sought after for his poignant yet poetic writing style, Maher has recently had songs recorded by such artists as Michael W. Smith; Chris Tomlin; Hawk Nelson; Phillips, Craig & Dean; Audrey Assad; Brenton Brown and others.
  
Maher garnered Album of the Year and Song of the Year at this year’s Covenant Awards (GMA Canada) as well as six award nominations at the 41st Annual GMA Dove Awards including nods in the prestigious Song of the Year category and Worship Song of the Year for “I Will Rise,” a song recorded by Chris Tomlin. He picked up another nod in the Worship Song of the Year category for the song “Alive Again” as well as one for Praise & Worship Album of the Year for his acclaimed sophomore project Alive Again. Maher claimed a Dove Award in the Special Event Album of the Year category for his contribution on the Glory Revealed II: The Word of God in Worship project.
  
Amid busy touring and writing schedules, Maher finds it important to serve alongside ministries including Life Teen and Adore Ministries. Further, he serves as a regular host for Worship Together’s “Newsong Café.” Maher, recently honored with a Praise Award as Worship Leader’s Breakout Artist of 2008, has been featured on the covers of Breakaway and Christian Single, performed live on “FOX & Friends,” written for Billboard Magazine and is an active, bylined contributor to OnFaith.com ( www.newsweek.washingtonpost.com/onfaith), an interactive conversation on religion.
  
For more information on Matt Maher, please visit: www.mattmahermusic.com.  For the latest in Matt Maher news and updates, follow him on twitter: http://www.twitter.com/mattmahermusic.
  
About The Afters:
Texas-based band The Afters were propelled into the national spotlight with their album debut I Wish We All Could Win. The project spawned the swirling, melodic hit “Beautiful Love,” earning the band an enthusiastic following when the song was selected as the theme track for MTV’s “8th and Ocean”.  “Beautiful Love” was also the most downloaded track of 2006 on the iTunes ® Inspirational charts and garnered the band an mtvU award as well. The Afters’ sophomore release Never Going Back To OK debuted in the Top 50 on the Billboard Top 200, and proved to be sensation on the silver screen with “Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC), “Dr. Phil,” “Army Wives” (Lifetime) and “Rachael Ray.” A slew of media including Rolling Stone, Seventeen.com, E! News Live, TV Guide, Premiere Radio and more also picked up on covering The Afters’ earlier releases as well. Their latest album, Light Up the Sky, includes the No. 1 CHR hit of the same name. 
01/11/2011
MercyMe opens the Dallas Cowboys game by singing the National Anthem
MercyMe Closes 2010 With Billboard’s
National Christian Audience and
Christian AC Song of the Year, “All of Creation”
 
Band Performs National Anthem at Dallas Cowboys Game
 
On the heels of their second American Music Award win for Contemporary Inspirational Artist, MercyMe recently garnered the National Christian Audience Song of the Year and Christian AC Song of the Year with “All of Creation” according to Billboard magazine. The track dominated Billboard’s AC Monitored chart for 11 weeks, the longest run at No. 1 in the band’s career.
 
Along with the Song of the Year nod, MercyMe is closing out 2010 with a bang in other ways as well.   Having wrapped their successful “The Generous Mr. Lovewell” tour, the Dallas-area locals had a dream come true when they were recently asked to open a Dallas Cowboys Football game by singing the National Anthem for Sunday night football.
 
“2010 has been an amazing year for this band,” remarked lead vocalist Bart Millard. “Christian radio, fans, etc have just been so good to us, and this year was no exception - it’s just beyond incredible.   Of course standing on the football field before the Cowboys fans and such was mind blowing – what a thrill for all of us!  We’re a blessed group of guys for sure.”
 
The multi-platinum selling band was also invited to visit Sam’s Club associates in Bentonville, AR for their quarterly business review and holiday party. With nearly 1000 in attendance, MercyMe charmed the crowd with their humor and gave an intimate stripped down performance of some of their greatest hits, along with a selection of new favorites off of their latest best-selling album The Generous Mr. Lovewell.
 
MercyMe will kick off 2011 on January 28th when they hit the road for the third annual  Rock and Worship Roadshow. Compassion International will serve as the executive producer and along with MercyMe the tour will also feature Jars of Clay, Thousand Foot Krutch, Matt Maher, The Afters and LeCrae.

For more information on MercyMe please visit www.mercyme.org.