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Hoganson Media Relations
Jesus Culture Musics Emerging Voices CD Hits No. 1 On Sales Charts
Emerging Voices, the seventh new full length recording from Jesus Culture Music, released last week amidst acclaim. In its first week at retail, it has become the No. 1 best selling album on the SoundScan Praise & Worship chart, spent most of last week at No. 1 on the iTunes Christian & Gospel chart and peaked at No. 11 on the overall iTunes Top Albums chart. The highly anticipated new album follows last years critically acclaimed, No. 1 selling double CD, Jesus Culture Awakening Live From Chicago, and features four rising worship leaders, Derek Johnson, Mary Kat Ehrenzeller, Nate Ward and Justin Jarvis.

With all new original worship songs that range from the moving Mighty Fortress to the message of surrender in Where You Are and the soulful anthem I Belong To You, here is what the critics are saying about Emerging Voices.

Derek Johnson, Mary Kat Ehrenzeller, Nate Ward, and Justin Jarvis deliver the message of grace and love with inspiring lyrics and a moving sound using inventive lead synth and guitar lines, heart thumping bass drum, and beautiful melodies that are unforgettable, Worship Leader.

If this is where Jesus Culture is headed, I, for one, want in, All About Worship>

The album is a must listen for worship leaders. It is no surprise as it features four of todays brightest new worship leaders, Derek Johnson, Mary Kat Ehrenzeller, Nate Ward and Justin Jarvis, GotWorship.net.

Jesus Culture is more than just a recording band; they are a Holy influence that has permeated into souls of millions of young people, Jesus Culture does not just record albums. They invite us into the worship of God on God's own turf. This means that these songs are insatiably God centered and Spirit anointed, Breathecast.com.

Emerging Voices brings four new worship leaders to the stage, an excellent next step for the ministry, Sunday Magazine.

Jesus Culture has grown from strength to strength over the last few years. Emerging Voices is exactly what this album is about, and those voices are making great worship to God that you just want to join in with them. LouderThanTheMusic.com (5 star review).

More information on the heart behind Emerging Voices from Jesus Culture director, Banning Liebscher, can be found at www.youtube.com/watch?v=274n_p8hnZM. Jesus Culture also released a promotional video for the album at http://youtu.be/daG31EqVaBM, an acoustic version of I Belong To You sung by Derek Johnson (http://youtu.be/jbeHqTpYs4U) and get to know you videos from Johnson (http://youtu.be/N2qxelS1s-I), Mary Kat Ehrenzeller (http://youtu.be/4MTpjeRo_ZA), Nate Ward (http://youtu.be/vuSTNEKoUeY) and Justin Jarvis (http://youtu.be/UjaHXXQR2qE).

Additional detail on Emerging Voices, including five questions with each of the new Jesus Culture Music artists, can be found at www.jesusculture.com/emergingvoices.

About Jesus Culture Music
Known as one of the most influential youth movements around the world, Jesus Culture has ignited a generation with energetic, passionate and authentic worship music organically birthed through the momentum of a movement whose focus is to equip a generation to transform society by bringing people into an encounter with God love through worship and discipleship. Their albums capture the heart of this movement of young people who are passionate for God and seeking an encounter with His presence.

2012-08-13


Savvy Media Solutions
Behind the Songs on onething LIVE: Magnificent Obsession
Justin Rizzo, worship leader at the International House of Prayer in Kansas City, Mo., shares the inspiration behind There Is One Found Worthy from the new Forerunner Music release onething LIVE Magnificent Obsession, available now.

The song There Is One Found Worthy came together in 2007 from two separate choruses. The first chorus, There Is One Found Worthy, came spontaneously during a Worship with the Word set I was leading in the prayer room at the International House of Prayer. God, You Became a Man came spontaneously as well, but this time at a onething conference we were leading in Calgary, Alberta. The song is based on Revelation 5:5, which prophesies that Jesus will take the scroll from the hand of the Father, open its seals, and return to earth at the second coming to rule and reign as King, Justin Rizzo.

To listen to an audio stream of There Is One Found Worthy and for more information on onething LIVE Magnificent Obsession, visit www.ihopkc.org/onethinglive.

2012-08-13


Merge PR
Francesca Battistelli Announces First Headlining Tour
Nashville, Tenn (9 August 2012), GRAMMY nominated artist Francesca Battistelli will kick off her first headlining tour, the Hundred More Years Tour, September 20th. Sponsored by World Vision, the tour will kick off in Jackson, KY and will showcase Dove Award winning Artist Of The Year Battistelli, as well as feature Sidewalk Prophets and special guests Andy Cherry and City Harbor. The Hundred More Years Tour will run through October 28th.

Concertgoers will be able to hear songs from Battistelli hit albums, My Paper Heart and her sophomore release Hundred More Years, which debuted at No. 1 on the Christian Album chart and No. 16 on Billboards Top 200 chart. That project's first single, This Is The Stuff, debuted in the Top 20 on Billboard's Christian chart and Top 10 on iTunes Christian and Gospel chart.

I am thrilled to be announce my first headlining tour! exclaims Francesca Battistelli. Its been a dream for so long, and I pray that it will be a night where everyone feels the presence of God and has a great time. I am honored to be sharing the stage with Sidewalk Prophets, Andy Cherry, and City Harbor, and I hope to see you all there!

Hundred More Years Tour Dates*

September
20 Jackson, KY Douthitt City Park
21 Elizabethtown, KY Severns Valley Baptist Church
22 Springfield, IL Prairie Capital Convention Center
23 Springfield, TN The Center
27 Savannah, GA Calvary Baptist Temple
28 Knoxville, TN Knoxville Christian Center
29 Cleveland, TN First Baptist Church Cleveland

October
5 Pensacola, FL Olive Baptist Church
6 Brookhaven, MS Old Brook Festival
12 Evans, GA Lady Antebellum Pavilion
13 Brunswick, GA Mary Ross Park
14 North Port, FL South Biscayne Church
20 LaHarpe, IL LaHarpe Community School
22 Marshall, TX Baker Auditorium
23 Waco, TX Columbus Avenue Baptist Church
26 Bourbonnais, IL Olivet Nazarene University
28 North Platte, NE North Platte Community Playhouse
*Tour dates are being added to schedule / all dates subject to change

About Francesca Battistelli
Fervent Records Francesca Battistelli was awarded the Gospel Music Associations Artist of the Year and Female Vocalist of the Year (for the second year in a row) at the 42nd Annual Dove Awards. The accolades came on the heels of the successful release of her sophomore album, Hundred More Years, which debuted at No. 1 on the Christian Album chart and No. 16 on Billboards Top 200 chart. Featuring the No. 1 hit single This Is The Stuff, Hundred More Years is the follow up to Battistelli debut My Paper Heart, which also delivered the No. 1 single Free To Be Me and hits Its Your Life, I am Letting Go and Beautiful, Beautiful. With close to 730,000 albums sold and well over 1.25 million downloads to date, Battistelli has become the best selling new artist in the genre in the past eight years. Battistelli has earned a Grammy nomination (Best Gospel Performance), six Dove Awards and 18 Dove Award nominations. Her music has also been featured in the movie Soul Surfer, as well as on TV, such as TLCs Jon & Kate Plus 8, ABCs Extreme Makeover Home Edition, NBCs The Biggest Loser, Foxs So You Think You Can Dance, and several other television and movie outlets. Battistelli and her husband, Matt are the proud parents to son Eli (2) and new daughter Audrey, who was born July 3rd.

About Sidewalk Prophets
Sidewalk Prophets have made an impressive debut on the CCM scene, winning New Artist of the Year in 2010 and garnering four Dove Nominations to date, including Pop Contemporary Song of the Year and Group of the Year. Produced by Ian Eskelin (Francesca Battistelli), their debut album These Simple Truths has sold more than 100,000 units and 322,000 digital tracks making Sidewalk Prophets one of the top selling new artists of the genre. The album delivered the smash No. 1 singles, You Love Me Anyway, and The Words I Would Say, which topped Billboards AC/Indicator Chart for five consecutive weeks.

About Andy Cherry
Twenty five year old Andy Cherry, songwriter and worship leader, hails from Charlotte, N.C. Sonically, his thoughtful, complex arrangements stitch together the warmth of American roots music with the moody tones of British rock. Lyrically, Cherry challenges commonly held assumptions about God, urging listeners to open up, be bold enough to ask God the tough questions, and believe that He has the shoulders to bear those questions.

About City Harbor
Hailing from Nashville, City Harbor Josh Varnadore and Molly Reed will release their much anticipated debut album in early 2013, highlighted by their debut radio single, Somebody Tell Them. Their songs come from a desire to know Christ and to make Christ known to the world around. As they explain, when we see hurting people, struggling loved ones, and injustice in the world we're always thinking somebody's gotta do something but inside we know it has to start with us. All too often we miss the moment to share our faith or show love.

2012-08-10


Turning Point Media PR
Bostons Andy Needham Band Bows Lifted High September 25
Popular New Englandbased worship ensemble, the Andy Needham Band, is poised for the release of their highly anticipated national debut, Lifted High, September 25. Produced by GRAMMY Award winner Mitch Dane (Jars of Clay, Brandon Heath), the project features 10 selections, all of which were penned or cowritten by frontman Needham.

Highlights of Lifted High include the debut single, Open Arms, a buoyant, upbeat reminder of God's unfailing love; the albums lead track, No Love Song; Refuge; and the prayerful ballad Pilgrim, among others. Additionally, the title cut which hits a deeply personal note for the group is a corporate worship centerpiece that has both defined the Andy Needham Bands mission and taken root in churches in New England and beyond.

It has been our most well known worship song for several years, traveling in the guitar cases of students and worship leaders to colleges, churches, and communities of faith around the world, Needham says of Lifted High. The central message of the album is summarized in the chorus, May the matchless name of Jesus be the anthem of our lives. This is the heart of worship that anchors the project and the band.

These songs are prayers of worshippers and for worshippers to connect and call on God, continues Needham. We understand worship as a living reality, not a segment of a Sunday service. It is seeing and being awakened to God as great, glorious, and at the same time, gracious and intimate. It is how we live in abundance and heartache.

Comprised of Needham (lead vocals and guitar), Joel Rousseau (lead guitar), Jonathan Mason (bass) and Andrew Picha (drums), the band was originally formed by Needham at New Hampshires Monadnock Camp, where he served as worship leader. Today the group performs at churches, conferences and camps, among other venues, and they also work to equip and encourage local church worship leaders via their groundbreaking Simply Worship Conferences.

For further information on the Andy Needham Band, visit www.andyneedhamband.com or www.turningpointpr.com.

2012-08-09


Breathecast
Mary Mary Thanks God for 12 Years of Ministry
This year, 2012, sisters Erica Atkins Campbell and Trecina Tina Atkins Campbell celebrate 12th year of their ministry as Mary Mary.

Mary Mary tweeted today to give thanks to God for their ministry, Very humbled by God grace allowing us to be in this business for 12 yrs. No matter how high we go we remain at the feet of Jesus. Striving to rep Christ fully and tell the world that Jesus Loves us and we can have an abundant life with him.

The duos name, Mary Mary, was inspired by two women recorded in the Bible; Mary, mother of Jesus Christ, and Mary Magdalene.

In 2000, Mary Mary introduced in their urban contemporary gospel music, the elements of soul, jazz, funk, and hip hop. The duo broke into the music scene with their hit song Shackles (Praise You) from the album Thankful.

Mary Marys discography
Thankful (2000)
Incredible (2002)
Mary Mary (2005)
A Mary Mary Christmas (2006)
The Sound (2008)
Something Big (2011)
Go Get It (2012)

Both sisters Erica Atkins Campbell and Trecina Tina Atkins Campbell are married. Erica Atkins Campbell has 3 children. Erica gave birth to her third child Zaya just past January, 2012.

Trecina Tina Atkins Campbell has 5 children. Tina gave birth to her 5th child Santana just last week, August 4, 2012.

More information about Mary Mary can be found at http://www.mary-mary.com.

2012-08-09


Provident Press
Brandon Heath Announces The 24 City Blue Mountain Tour This Fall
(Nashville, Tenn.) August 9, 2012, Award winning artist and songwriter Brandon Heath announces the 24 city Blue Mountain Tour, named for his forthcoming studio project, Blue Mountain, due out Oct. 9. Heath is joined by label mate celebrated singer, songwriter and worship leader Matt Maher on all dates; the tour is presented by Food for the Hungry.

Kicking off October 11 in Milwaukee, Wis., the Blue Mountain Tour will visit cities including Chicago, Knoxville, Indianapolis and St. Louis. A night of rich musical layers, fans can expect to hear Heaths hits (Give Me Your Eyes, I am Not Who I Was and Your Love) as well as songs from his fourth full length studio album, Blue Mountain. The forthcoming 12 track project merges modern music making and ancient tones, taking listeners on a musical journey full of heart and back porch ease via Heaths signature storytelling.

Similar to the new album, this tour invites the listener to a special experience to come on up to Blue Mountain, a fictional place where this music was created, says Heath.

Heath shares the stage with Essential Records Matt Maher, known for worship staples like Your Grace Is Enough, Christ Is Risen and the radio hit Hold Us Together. Also part of the night, audiences will meet the talented spoken word poet Micah Bournes and new independent sibling acoustic act, The Church Sisters. Heath will continue highlighting the work of Food for the Hungry on tour, specifically its efforts in the villages of Kitgum, Uganda. These are communities in which Brandon Heath's audiences have wholly sustained the child sponsorship program.

I am thrilled to see and participate in this next level of Brandon's touring career. From the first time I heard his music, I was hooked by the storytelling set to great melody, shares Bryan Myers, talent agent, CAA. This new CD is storytelling taken to the mountains, Blue Mountain. A look inside all of us and what our Redeemer sees underneath the dirt and grime and His beauty that lies inside.

Tour promoters concur, We are thrilled to be a part of the Blue Mountain Tour here in Texas this Fall. We are equally excited about this next chapter in Brandons career. His latest single Jesus in Disguise is pure brilliance and Christian radio fans are sure to embrace it, offers Greg Carnes, Greg Carnes Productions.

This tour is full of familiar songs and faces, with music reflecting life changing truth, shares Heath. Plus, its all got a new sound, some new faces and a few surprises. We have got great things planned, I think you are going to love it, so come on up to Blue Mountain.

A tour itinerary follows this release. For tour updates, visit www.brandonheath.net/tour.

About Brandon Heath
Since Brandon Heaths debut on Reunion Records with Dont Get Comfortable (2006), he has become one of Christian musics most beloved and respected artists and songwriters.

Heath has twice been honored as GMA Male Vocalist of the Year (2009 and 2010), additionally garnering an Emmy Award, five GRAMMY nominations, an American Music Award nomination and multiple GMA Dove Awards and songwriting honors.

His award winning songs and signature vocals reflect a soaring radio career that includes four No. 1 hits, I am Not Who I Was, Wait and See, the 2009 GMA Dove Award winning Song of the Year, Give Me Your Eyes, and the eight week chart topper, Your Love.

Heath, a Nashville native, first began writing at age 13 and credits his hometowns legendary hotspot for songwriters, the Bluebird Cafe, as the place he first experienced music that moved him. His artistry and ability to connect with audiences have compelled countless media outlets across the nation to platform his story and music. Highlights include Billboard magazine, CBS Evening News with Katie Couric, Relevant magazine, a 2011 feature by the Wall Street Journal and selection as a presenter during the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards.

Other key spotlights include Discovery Channels On The Case With Paula Zahn, which highlighted Give Me Your Eyes (What If We 8/19/2008), and a feature by The New York Times Sunday edition, touting Heath as a GRAMMY nominated newcomer that should not be allowed to slip through the cracks.

Heaths third album, Leaving Eden (1/18/2011) debuted No. 1 on the Billboard Christian Sales chart and is supported by non stop direct support and headlining tours. Blue Mountain will be available everywhere on October 9, 2012.

For more information on Brandon Heath, please visit www.brandonheath.net, www.providentpress.com and follow Brandon Heaths Twitter at www.twitter.com/brandonheath.

About Matt Maher
Matt Maher, singer/songwriter/worship leader and recording artist has embraced his calling as a musical missionary to impact a global stage.

Maher is well known for writing moving worship anthems including Your Grace Is Enough, As It Is In Heaven, Hold Us Together, Christ Is Risen, I Will Rise, All To Us, and Here For You. His songs continue to grow in popularity on the CCLI chart, marking their popularity in church services worldwide, while also being recorded by artists including Chris Tomlin, Audrey Assad, Matt Redman, and the Passion movement. Additionally Alive Again was selected by iTunes as the best Christian & Gospel song of 2009. Such popularity has prompted more than 350,000 career sales. National media exposure includes the covers of Breakaway and Christian Single, a live performance on FOX & Friends, and guest writer for Billboard magazine.

Maher sits on the board of directors for the Catholic youth organization, Life Teen, and is a staple writer with EMI CMG Publishing. Amid busy touring and writing schedules, he hosts WorshipTogethers New Song Cafe and is an active, bylined contributor to The Washington Posts On Faith section http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/on-faith), an interactive conversation on religion.

His latest project, The Love In Between, released Sept. 20, 2011. The album debuted at No. 7 on the SoundScan Top Contemporary Christian Chart and graced the Billboard 200 at No. 97. The Love In Between additionally experienced notable success at iTunes, breaking into the Top 5 on the Christian & Gospel Top Albums Chart.

For more information on Matt Maher, visit www.mattmahermusic.com. Also follow Matt on Twitter at www.twitter.com/mattmahermusic.

About Food for the Hungry
Since 1971, Food for the Hungry, headquartered in Phoenix, Ariz., has walked with the poor, responding to disasters and implementing long term development in impoverished communities worldwide. For more information, please visit www.fh.org.

Blue Mountain Tour Itinerary
*Dates and cities subject to change without notice

October 11 Milwaukee, Wis.
October 12 Lincoln, Neb.
October 13 Omaha, Neb.
October 14 Chicago, Ill.
October 18 Springfield, Mo.
October 19 Wichita Falls, Texas
October 20 Garden City, Kan.
October 21 Tulsa, Okla.
October 25 Knoxville, Tenn.
October 26 Chattanooga, Tenn.
October 27 Huntsville, Ala.
October 28 Birmingham, Ala.
November 1 Thomasville, Ga.
November 2 Gainesville, Fla.
November 3 Bonita Springs, Fla.
November 4 Sebastian, Fla.
November 8 Wise, Va.
November 9 Baltimore, Md.
November 10 Columbus, Ohio
November 11 Elkhart, Ind.
November 15 Indianapolis, Ind.
November 16 St. Louis, Mo.
November 17 Cincinnati, Ohio
November 18 Marion, Ill.

2012-08-09


Word Label Group
Jason Castro New Single Busts into the top five on iTunes
Word Entertainments Jason Castro released the first single, Only A Mountain, from his upcoming album. Immediately upon release and nearly two weeks before radio impact date, the track soared into the Top 10 on the iTunes Christian & Gospel Songs chart (iTunes link: http://smarturl.it/jasoncastro) and continued climbing to No. 3.

Only A Mountain is produced by Ben Glover and David Garcia and written by Jason Castro, Mia Fieldes and Seth Mosley. When writing the song, Castro was inspired by the words of Jesus when He said, I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, Move from here to there and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you. Castro adds, Man, we've all got mountains in our life, but Jesus tells us that we don't have to worry about them. He said, If you have faith and do not doubt, you can say to this mountain, Go, throw yourself into the sea, and it will be done. Well, I believe; and I have seen those mountains move!

Internationally renowned singer songwriter Jason Castro has topped radio charts in multiple countries, including Norway, Singapore and The Philippines. His self titled debut album entered the Billboard Top 200 Album chart at No. 18. Throughout his career, Jason has appeared on television shows such as TODAY, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Access Hollywood, The Bold and the Beautiful, and The Bachelor and has appeared on the pages of Rolling Stone, USA Today and The New York Times. Jasons second studio album will be released in early 2013.

For additional information on Jason Castro, visit www.jasoncastromusic.com

About Word Entertainment
A leader in the music industry for over 60 years, Word Entertainment, a Warner/Curb company, is a unique, comprehensive entertainment company comprised of multi faceted artist service departments including publishing, merchandising, booking, and online initiatives. Word Entertainment represents some of the top names and brands in music, including Meredith Andrews, Chris August, BarlowGirl, Francesca Battistelli, Big Daddy Weave, Jason Castro, Patrick Ryan Clark, Everfound, for KING & COUNTRY, Group 1 Crew, Dara Maclean, Point Of Grace and Sidewalk Prophets and is home to 25 Entertainment, Word Distribution (representing Curb Records and Big Idea/VeggieTales among others), Word Print, Word Music Publishing and Word Label Groups Word Records and Fervent Records.

2012-08-08


The Judy Nelon Group PR
Talent Announced for the 2012 GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame
An unforgettable night of tributes and performances will be featured at the GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Tuesday, August 14, 2012 (7 PM CST) at Trinity Music City in Hendersonville, TN. Dailey & Vincent, Dottie Peoples, Gordon Mote, Greg Long, The Isaacs, Jamie Grace, Michael W. Smith and The Talleys are among the artists set to provide recognition to this years inductees, Aretha Franklin, The Hoppers, Rex Humbard, Ricky Skaggs and Love Song. Jason Crabb and Jaci Velasquez will host the evening festivities.

Jackie Patillo, Executive Director of the Gospel Music Association and President of the Gospel Music Foundation commented, It is great to see our christian and gospel music communities come together to pay tribute to this years GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame inductees. It is an honor to recognize our trailblazers and remind the world of the people God has used to spread the gospel through music.

The event is FREE and open to the public.

This year marks the 39th anniversary of the GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame which was established in 1971, and has inducted more than 150 members since its inception. Previous inductees include Johnny Cash, DeGarmo & Key, Dolly Parton, Elvis Presley, Mahalia Jackson, Amy Grant, the Statler Brothers, the Winans, the Blind Boys of Alabama, Andrae Crouch, Sandi Patty, Andrae Crouch & the Disciples, Vestal Goodman, Tennessee Ernie Ford, Shirley Caesar, The Oak Ridge Boys, the Blackwood Brothers, Petra, Bill Gaither, Gloria Gaither, the Happy Goodman Family, Larry Norman, George Beverly Shea, Albertina Walker, The Imperials, Pat Boone, Dottie Rambo, Evie, Larry Norman, Richard Smallwood, Jake Hess, The Lewis Family, Cliff Barrows, Thomas A. Dorsey, the Cathedral Quartet, the Fairfield Four, Billy Graham and The Jordanaires. The Gospel Music Hall of Fame is dedicated to fostering an appreciation of the historical development of gospel music and its impact on our culture by collecting, preserving, exhibiting and interpreting its collections for a global audience, as well as honoring those who have made outstanding contributions to gospel music.

2012-08-08


Bozeman Media
Inpop Records Karyn Williams Lends Vocal Support At Benefit Concert
Nashville, TN (August 8, 2012), Inpop Records Karyn Williams is known for her compassion in helping with worthwhile causes, and that was the case last weekend when Williams made an appearance in Cincinnati, OH for a benefit concert in support of the Angelman Syndrome Foundation first annual, Madonna Jam. Angelman Syndrome is a rare genetic disorder that occurs in one in 15,000 live births. Williams entertained the audience with selections from her upcoming new album, Only You, which releases August 28, 2012. Joining her onstage was Blessid Union of Souls frontman Eliot Sloan, as well as award winning songwriters, Regie Hamm, and her husband Brian White.

Up next for the talented singer/songwriter are select dates with Mark Schultz in support of her record, as well as Music With A Mission, a concert at the Schermerhorn Center with an all star lineup that includes Restless Heart, Amy Grant & Ricky Skaggs. The second annual event will be held Oct. 14 in Nashville, TN. All proceeds will benefit the Nashville Rescue Mission.

For updates on Karyn Williams and more information about her upcoming album Only You please visit her website, www.karynwilliams.com.

2012-08-08


Hoganson Media Relations
Integrity Music Jared Anderson Releases The Narrow Road Sept. 4
Celebrated modern worship singer/songwriter Jared Anderson will take listeners on a new journey with his first solo album in over three years, The Narrow Road, releasing Sept. 4 on Integrity Music. Known for his Top CCLI songs Rescue, Amazed, Great I Am, Glorified and others sung in church services around the world, this New Life Church (Colorado Springs, CO) worship leader and former founding member of Desperation Band, was partly inspired for the new 13 track album by John Bunyan allegorical masterpiece.

Like The Pilgrims Progress, this album tells the stories of trials and how they should not define us, explains Anderson. Instead, they prepare us for the destination.

The enemy is the distracter, continues Anderson. He wants to kill our focus. He wants to destroy the unity between us and God. So walking the narrow road is not an option for followers of Jesus. Matthew 7:13 to 14 tells us plainly that it is a necessity.

In addition to the new songs inspired by Anderson own pilgrimage, such as According to His Word and Impossible Possible, The Narrow Road also includes two favorites, the worship anthem Great I Am and the Desperation classic I Am Free, which features his former bandmates Glenn Packiam and Jon Egan.

It was fun to work on a recording with Jon and Glenn again, even if it was just for one song. And this version of I Am Free was a chance to celebrate a song that has been meaningful to us personally and to church congregations for years.

Produced by Michael Rossback (Gungor, Paul Baloche), the full The Narrow Road track listing follows

1) Bless The Lord
2) Impossible Possible
3) The King Is Coming
4) Great I Am
5) According To His Word
6) Behold Your God
7) Pouring It Out For You
8) Call On The Name Of The Lord
9) When The King Comes
10) The Narrow Road
11) 35 Lines
12) Go Ye
13) I Am Free

In addition to recording The Narrow Road and leading worship at New Life Church, Jared, along with his wife Megan, are actively involved in missions, and are in the process of adopting two orphans, John Diego and Christine, from Haiti. Amidst the pulls of ministry and creative pursuits, it is the love of his family that grounds Jared. He and his wife, along with their four children (Everett, Beckett, Francie, and Lyla), are taking this step of faith after much prayer.

We cannot wait until they are home with us in Colorado, says Jared. God is doing something in our home and our family. We are just trying to be obedient to him.

Jared and Megan were featured last week on CBNs The 700 Club (www.cbn.com) sharing their adoption story. Jared also sang Rescue, as well as Great I Am and Impossible Possible from The Narrow Road, the latter song to air on a future The 700 Club program to be announced.

All of these experiences add to Jared understanding that life is much larger than what happens in the church pews on a Sunday. Sunday is the rehearsal, Jared says. It is during the rest of the week that we walk out our faith.

Along with his role as dad, his former work with Desperation Band, his appearances on New Lifes worship albums and leading worship at churches and conferences around the country, Jared previously recorded three critically acclaimed solo projects for Integrity Music Where To Begin, Where Faith Comes From and Jared Anderson Live From My Church. Jared is also involved with New Life Churchs annual Desperation youth conferences and with citywide prayer and ministry events held across the country. He further continues to work on a series of inspirational albums that feature piano driven, folk rock songs centering on everything from love to literature to lifes big questions.

For more information on Jared ministry and music, visit http://jaredanderson.com or follow him on Twitter at @jaredanderson. You can also follow the Andersons adoption journey through their blog, http://www.theandersonsadoption.blogspot.com.

About Integrity Music
Kingsway and Integrity Music compose the music division of David C Cook, a nonprofit global resource provider serving the Church with life transforming materials. Headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Kingsway and Integrity Musics resources are distributed in more than 160 countries and sold worldwide. Additional information can be found at http://kingswayworship.com and www.integritymusic.com.

2012-08-08


Merge PR
Holly Starr Magnifies Her Music With Focus, Releasing October 2nd
Nashville, Tenn (6 August 2012), Holly Starr, singer, songwriter, and touring artist, is set to release her third studio project, Focus, on October 2nd (Save The City Records/Provident Distribution). Focus was produced by Chris Stevens (TobyMac, Mandisa, Jamie Grace), David Garcia (Group 1 Crew) and Chuck Butler (Royal Tailor).

At only 21 years old, Starr has toured the world and has collaborated with some of the most lauded writers and producers in the industry, such as Chris Stevens, Ian Eskelin, David Garcia, Chuck Butler, and Rusty Varenkamp, to name a few. She has released two previous projects, Tapestry (2010) and Embraced (2008), and has played some of the biggest Christian Music festivals, even opening for country star LeAnn Rimes. Now with Focus, Starr showcases her vibrant musical growth and maturity alongside her heart for worship.

I want to be around, to be able to disciple kids that I really love in my life, Starr shares. But because of this calling, I am not constant in peoples lives. Learning to balance all that has been a challenge for me, but it has been a huge blessing to see how, when God calls us to something, He provides, and He gives time.

This is where the theme of really focusing on the task at hand emerged. It is ironic, the title being Focus, because it has been a hard year of doing that. But at the same time, God is teaching me. Before every show, my prayer with my band and my team is, God, I believe with all my heart that if I am focused on You in the midst of this, whenever I am on stage, or in any area of my life, then You will flow through me to whomever I am ministering to.

The albums title track conveys what Starr has learned in this season of busyness. Cowritten with Dove Award winner Rusty Varenkamp, the song teaches that activity does not have to cease to permit focus on God, and to focus in the middle of everything, even during life's chaos. Starr speaks from experience. That is when the peace comes. Not only do I want to focus on God in terms of devotion and spending time in the word, I want to be able to do that as I am walking through every day.

Dont Have Love, the projects first radio single, is a modern retelling of 1 Corinthians 13 and is already reaching audiences in unexpected places. Starr says, I have been able to sing it in a couple of public school assemblies. I am singing the word of God in a public school!

Dont Have Love is already being heard on major AC and CHR stations across the U.S. such as Houston, Grand Rapids, Columbia, MO, Tampa, and Springfield, MO. Starrs music video for the single, has been added to GMC and has already received well over 110,000 views to date.

Raised in a Christian home on a farm in Quincy, Washington, Holly Starr is living a charming story and also living her dream. Writing songs and creating music ever since she was little, being discovered on the internet, and now making albums and touring the country, Starr has not stopped going. This year alone, she has played the main stage at AtlantaFest, Lifest, Alive, Unity Fest, and more. For Holly Starrs most updated tour schedule, please visit her site here (http://hollystarrmusic.com/).

Through it all, Starr embodies a firm desire for ministry and a well established plan. If you believe that God is bigger than everything we can see, and that He is more powerful than anything you have experienced, then you know that God grace can intervene in any situation in your life. The impossible is not impossible.

Focus Track Listing
Let Go
This Love
Dont Have Love
Through My Fathers Eyes
Me And You
Focus
Satisfied
Constant
I Believe
Grace For All

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2012-08-07


Big Machine Label Group
Big Machine Records Proudly Announces 25th Anniversary of an album
Nashville, TN (6 August 2012), The A Very Special Christmas holiday music series, benefitting Special Olympics, will celebrate its 25th anniversary this holiday season with the first ever release of two new albums on October 16, each on a different label. Titles of the albums, as unveiled today, are, A VERY SPECIAL CHRISTMAS 25TH ANNIVERSARY on Big Machine Records and A VERY SPECIAL CHRISTMAS BRINGING PEACE ON EARTH on Word Records.

Timothy P. Shriver (Chairman and CEO of Special Olympics), Scott Borchetta (President and CEO of Big Machine Label Group), Rod Riley (President and CEO of Word Entertainment), Jimmy Clark (Special Olympics athlete and Global Messenger),the Honorable Karl Dean (Mayor of the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County), Francesca Battistelli (chart topping Christian crossover artist, Dove Award winner) and members of Train were on hand in Nashville at Blackbird Studios, where Train is recording, Joy to the World, to make the announcement. The artists unveiled the artwork for the new projects, which incorporates the legendary Keith Haring Madonna & Child artwork used historically on the series.

This album series has been a remarkable gift to our Special Olympics athletes, said Shriver. Thanks to the generosity of countless incredible people across the music industry, the legacy from the A Very Special Christmas album series continues to support and sustain our work to bring the joy of sport to people with intellectual disabilities which in turn fosters a global community of acceptance and inclusion.

Special Olympics changes lives through the power of sport, as the worlds largest organization dedicated to year round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic type sports for people with intellectual disabilities.

Since 1987, the biggest and brightest voices in the recording industry have generously lent their time and talents to Special Olympics to create the holiday album series A Very Special Christmas, the single most successful benefit recording series in musical history generating more than $100 million in royalties to benefit Special Olympics. The talent was so abundant this year, it called for the release of two full albums, the first time in the history of the series that two albums will be released simultaneously.

A VERY SPECIAL CHRISTMAS BRINGING PEACE ON EARTH, Meredith Andrews, Chris August, Francesca Battistelli, Big Daddy Weave, Jason Castro, Group 1 Crew, for KING & COUNTRY, Dara Maclean, Jamie Grace, Natalie Grant, and Sidewalk Prophets.

Created by Jimmy and Vicki Iovine and Bobby Shriver, along with Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss, the A Very Special Christmas series has brought together top musical talent who donated their time and talent, and publishers and record labels who gave consent and waived royalties. Twenty five years and seven albums later, the series has generated over $100 million in royalties and become the largest single source of funding for Special Olympics and its athletes.

Grants from the Christmas Record Trust have enabled Special Olympics to implement programs worldwide, from the United States to Timor Leste, China to Uganda, Cambodia to Haiti and more. In more than 100 of the Special Olympics Programs that have received Christmas Record grants, nearly 25 percent were classified by the United Nations as operating in Least Developed Countries. In these countries the need to support people with intellectual disabilities is critical. In the United States, these funds have also supported Special Olympics programs in urban areas such as New York City, Philadelphia and New Orleans.

The Christmas Record Trust has also directly impacted the lives of Special Olympics athletes. For example, Cindy Bentley in Wisconsin was born with an intellectual disability, abandoned as a baby and shuffled through foster care. Thanks to the Christmas Record grants her local Special Olympics program received, she got involved in sports competitions, gained confidence and today she holds a full time job and is an active advocate for people with intellectual disabilities. Najila Agha is a Special Olympics athlete from Afghanistan, a local Special Olympics program started through funds raised from A Very Special Christmas albums went from living in an orphanage in Kabul to competing in Special Olympics World Games.

About Special Olympics
Special Olympics is an international organization that changes lives through the power of sport by empowering people with intellectual disabilities, promoting acceptance for all, and fostering communities of understanding and respect worldwide. Founded in 1968 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, the Special Olympics movement has grown from a few hundred athletes to 4 million athletes in 170 countries worldwide, providing year round sports training, athletic competition and related programs. Special Olympics takes place daily, changing the lives of people with intellectual disabilities all over the world. Special Olympics provides people with intellectual disabilities the opportunity to realize their potential, develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, and experience joy and friendship. Visit Special Olympics at www.specialolympics.org. Engage with us on: Twitter @specialolympics; fb.com/specialolympics; youtube.com/specialolympicshq, and specialolympicsblog.wordpress.com.

About Big Machine Label Group
At the helm of the independent Big Machine Label Group is industry veteran Scott Borchetta, who serves as President and CEO. The conglomerate encompasses Big Machine Records (founded in 2005), The Valory Music Co. (founded in 2007) and Republic Nashville (a partnership with Universal Republic founded in 2009 with Jimmy Harnen serving as President) as well as Big Machine Music Publishing.

About Word Entertainment
A leader in the music industry for over 60 years, Word Entertainment, a Warner/Curb company, is a unique, comprehensive entertainment company comprised of multi faceted artist service departments including publishing, merchandising, booking, and online initiatives. Word Entertainment represents some of the top names and brands in music, including Meredith Andrews, Chris August, BarlowGirl, Francesca Battistelli, Big Daddy Weave, Jason Castro, Patrick Ryan Clark, Everfound, for KING & COUNTRY, Group 1 Crew, Dara Maclean, Point Of Grace and Sidewalk Prophets and is home to 25 Entertainment, Word Distribution (representing Curb Records and Big Idea/VeggieTales among others), Word Print, Word Music Publishing and Word Label Groups Word Records and Fervent Records.



2012-08-07


Ross Turner
Press Release - Revolution Tour
What: REVOLUTION TOUR
Who: JAKE HAMILTON FROM JESUS CULTURE MUSIC AND ROSS TURNER
When: AUGUST 22 to SEPTEMBER 23
Where: Visit rossturnerproductions.com for official locations.

The Revolution Tour is a nationwide tour of worship leaders united together to bring the highest level of Christian Music to churches. Headlined by Jake Hamilton from Jesus Culture Music, one of the most world renowned group of musicians Christian music has every seen. Also featuring up and coming recording artist Ross Turner, based out of the Los Angeles, CA area. You can learn more about Jake Hamilton at jesusculture.com.

The concert will feature music by both artists, with a montage of videos and a full band experience that will introduce people to a deeper understanding of God. This tour is sponsored by World Vision, a ministry reaching out to children in need across the globe.

Jesus Culture Music is a record label birthed out of Bethel Church in Redding California. Other artists on the record label include Kim Walker, Chris Quialla, and Kristene Dimarco. Jake Hamilton is a unique artist from the label as he features high energy, and a rock style vocal approach, which will excite and encourage all worshipers to join in. Ross Turner and his band feature a grooving musical style, with energizing vocal ability.

All tickets are listed at www.itickets.com, and for more details please visit: www.rossturnerproductions.com

2012-08-06


Breathecast
Kari Jobe to Premiere new Music Video for 'Steady My Heart'
New full length music video for Kari Jobes song, Steady My Heart, will premiere this coming Tuesday, August 7 at 9pm CST.

The music video will premier at Kari Jobe's facebook page.

The song Steady My Heart is from Kari Jobes latest full length album Where I Find You released January 2012.

Jobe recorded the song also in an acoustic version which can be found on Jobe's The Acoustic Sessions.

2012-08-06


The Christian Post
Gabby Douglas Praises God; Christian Gymnast Thankful After Winning
A score of 62.232 was enough to give Douglas victory and hold off tough competition from her Russian competitors.

Douglas victory makes her the first African-American woman to ever win the gold medal in the Womens Gymnastics All Around, making her mark in U.S. Olympic history.

Following her emotional win the 16 year old gave an interview with NBC and celebrated the moment by praising God and offering her thanks for an amazing blessing.

It is everything I thought it would be; being the Olympic champion, it definitely is an amazing feeling. And I give all the glory to God. It is kind of a win win situation. The glory goes up to him and the blessings fall down on me, Douglas testified in the interview.

Later she also took to social networking site Twitter to continue her praise. She tweeted, Let all that I am praise the LORD; may I never forget the good things He does for me.

Douglas also stated on her Twitter account that she loves my family, dogs & most importantly God :).

Douglas, a Virginia native, earned her spot on the U.S. Womens Gymnastics team after she defied expectations at the American Cup in March. She initially only competed in the cup as an alternate, but she outscored the favorite in the U.S. Gymnastic team, Jordyn Wieber.

In London earlier this week she also beat out Wieber again to gain the qualifying spot for the All Around final, where she went on to defeat Viktoria Komova of Russia for the gold medal.

This is Douglas second gold medal of the London Summer Olympic games, following Team USAs win in the team event.

2012-08-03


Provident Press
Steven Curtis Chapman Partners With Provident Music Group
(Nashville, Tenn.) August 3, 2012, Steven Curtis Chapman has signed a recording agreement with Provident Music Group, which will begin with the release of a Christmas record titled JOY (Reunion Records/Provident Label Group) on October 16. The iconic artist has amassed 46 No. 1 singles, 57 GMA Dove Awards; five GRAMMY awards and more than 200 songs recorded on 17 original albums spread across an illustrious 25 year career. In 2013, Steven will follow the Christmas release with his first full studio release of all new material since 2007s This Moment.

Terry A. Hemmings, President and CEO, Provident Music Group shares, Steven and I have been friends for many years and I have always respected his character and integrity. He possesses the heart, passion and energy to do the work he has been called to; not only in music, but in caring for others and utilizing his gifts for so much more. We are excited to provide him a place to tell his story, while coming alongside him with the resources and channels to allow that story to be heard and experienced by many. We believe this will be a great new adventure for all of us.

Many know that the last few years have been a difficult journey for my family and me, following the loss of our daughter Maria, says Chapman. So many have prayed for us and encouraged us, and having the opportunity to write, record and share this new music really feels like the beginning of a new season, a season of joy.

He adds, In writing and experimenting with different ideas, my management and I discussed doing something for my friends and fans this year, perhaps releasing a small side project direct through my website. But as momentum picked up on some Christmas songs, I felt it blossoming into a full release. Then unexpectedly and suddenly, when it did not seem it could be made available this year, the door opened for the chance to partner with Provident, and do so with a long time friend I truly respect, Terry Hemmings, so I am excited about the chance to write a new chapter.

I have nothing but the deepest respect, admiration and gratitude for my friends at EMI. I am so grateful to the people there for their belief in me, and the amazing things God accomplished through us together these past 25 years. Bill, Peter and the entire team there are remarkable and remain valued friends.

The first release through the new partnership at Provident Label Group is a 12 track Christmas title called JOY, slated for release on October 16. Chapman has three previously released Christmas projects The Music of Christmas (1995, RIAA Certified Gold), Christmas is All in the Heart (2003, a Hallmark limited, sold out run of 400,000) and All I Really Want for Christmas (2005, RIAA Certified GOLD).

One thing I am particularly excited about with this new music is the fact that I got to go in the studio and capture the magic that happens when musicians are together in the same room, making music, and having more fun than anyone should be allowed to have doing their job, offers Chapman.

We found this great studio in Lexington, Ky. (my birth state!) and gathered together some of my favorite players, slept over in the rooms there, set up a Christmas tree (I wore my favorite Charlie Brown Christmas tshirts everyday) and went at it.

Audiences will have the chance to hear new songs from JOY when Chapman joins the 12 Gifts of Christmas tour this November and December. He joins Laura Story and speakers, including his wife, Mary Beth Chapman, Patsy Clairmont, Luci Swindoll, Marilyn Meberg, comedienne Anita Renfroe and illusionist Harris III. For full tour information, visit www.12gifts.com.

There are still bittersweet moments of tears for us at Christmas, and I am sure will be until we see our daughter and our Savior face to face, Chapman notes. But each year the memories seem sweeter, the bitter gets less bitter, and the laughter gets louder, and there is joy again, full on joy!

Following the release of JOY and the 12 Gifts of Christmas tour, Chapman will return to the studio to begin recording his first full studio release since his 2007 This Moment.

For more information on Steven, please visit www.stevencurtischapman.com or www.providentpress.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, has recorded 46 No. 1 US radio hits and been awarded 57 Dove Awards, more than any other artist to date.

Since his recording career began in 1987, Chapman has recorded seventeen projects with Sparrow Records. He has performed at the White House and has 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 goal is to help families reduce the financial barrier of adoption, and has provided grants to more than 3,200 families wishing to adopt orphans from around the world.

About Show Hope
A ministry founded by Steven Curtis and Mary Beth Chapman to help care for the millions of orphans around the world, Show Hope helps to provide waiting orphans with forever families by giving financial grants to adoptive families. To date, Show Hope is now an internationally recognized voice for orphan advocacy and has given more than 3,200 financial grants, affecting the lives of children from 50 different countries, including the U.S. In addition to giving financial grants, Show Hope also empowers families, churches and communities with adoption and orphan care resources and advocacy efforts to change the world for orphans. Show Hope, expanding its remarkable worldwide impact, also provides for orphans with special needs in China through its Special Care Centers. One of these centers is Maria Big House of Hope, a six story healing home facility located in Luoyang, China. Opened in the summer of 2009, its mission is to provide the highest level of care for orphans who are in desperate need of surgeries and medical attention, thus enabling the children to thrive and increase the orphans chances of being adopted. Additional centers have opened in the Henan province of China, operating in two state run orphanages as an extension of the care being provided at Maria Big House of Hope.

2012-08-03


Merge PR
Luminate Set To Release Highly Anticipated Sophomore Project
Nashville, Tenn, 2 August 2012, Sparrow Records announces the anticipated release from pop/rock band Luminate, titled Welcome To Daylight. Releasing August 28th, the project was produced by Chris Stevens (TobyMac, Britt Nicole) and Pete Kipley (MercyMe, Phil Wickham). Welcome To Daylight is the follow up to Luminate's 2011 Dove Award nominated debut, Come Home.

Welcome to Daylight is about opening your eyes for the first time and seeing this world through God eyes, shares Luminate front man Sam Hancock. We strive to love as Christ did, realizing that God moves in and through everything, and knowing it is all a part of a master plan designed by the Creator of the universe. It is realizing that not only is God stronger than our weakness, but He is a loving Father who delights in His children spending time pursuing Him and fulfilling His plan for our lives.

This is a lesson that the members of Luminate, Hancock/vocals, Cody Clark/guitar, Dusty Jakubik/bass, and Aaron Mathew/drums, can relate to firsthand. Since 2005, they have tirelessly been following their God centered musical path with endurance and perseverance, and now their sophomore effort, the band decided to simply center themselves on making an authentic album of its generation.

Every record we have strived to consistently evolve lyrically, spiritually, and musically, but for Welcome To Daylight, we went all out, assures Hancock. It is a record full of hope and joy, leaving our past regrets behind, allowing the Holy Spirit to overcome our fears, and embracing the life of hope and purpose that God has for all of us. You might even find yourself wanting to dance to a song or two. This is likely with the high energy, and first radio single, Banner Of Love, which is currently on rotation at 43 AC stations and 12 CHR stations with eight new adds this week. Banner Of Love is being heard on KLOVE as well as in large markets such as Houston, Minneapolis, Kansas City, Grand Rapids and Tampa.

Banner Of Love is a huge jump for us musically, states Hancock. We are always wanting to find the next step without losing the core of who Luminate is. We wanted this song to be high energy because it is a song of motivation about being the hands and feet of Jesus in our everyday life. To hear the single Banner Of Love, please click here (http://e2.ma/click/3zl0d/b2cl4d/z89d6).

After upcoming fall nuptials for Hancock, who will marry the daughter of Michael W. Smith, Luminate will take to the road in September supporting the Newsboys God Not Dead Tour, hitting 35 dates across the nation.

On the verge of releasing Welcome To Daylight, Luminate has never been clearer when it comes to the vision they have for their ministry. We cannot wait for the world to hear it. It is kind of like you have planned a huge surprise party for someone and it takes all of your energy to not just blurt it out before the day of the party, concludes Hancock. We will take the message of purpose and true fulfillment in a life pursuing Christ as far as God allows. The tool that we use to do that is music and ministry on the road.

2012-08-02


Merge PR
Jeremy Camp Will Release Christmas: God With Us On September 25
SEATTLE, Wa, August 1, 2012, GRAMMY nominated and BEC Recordings artist Jeremy Camp will be releasing a Christmas project this holiday season titled Christmas God With Us. This is Camps first full length Christmas project in his 10 year career, and it will be available on September 25. Click here to view the album cover and official track listing. The album is produced by Brown Bannister and Ben Shive along with Camp.

Camps Christmas album is filled with holiday classics as well as the original title track God With Us. Fans will hear favorites such as Jingle Bell Rock, Joy To The World, and Mary Did You Know. Although these are traditional songs, Jeremy takes a fresh approach to the arrangements on his album.

I wanted to pick songs that I listened to growing up, and make them my own, shares Camp on the song selection process. I also selected Christmas carols that my family and I now love to sing each Christmas.

The original track, God With Us, was written after a night of reflection of what Jesus has done for mankind.

It was amazing to think that our King actually came to this earth and walked among us as human flesh, states Camp. The lyrics came out as an expression of what I was thinking at that moment.

Camp will be touring this holiday season as a part of THE STORY tour featuring a full choir and orchestra along with Casting Crowns Mark Hall, Natalie Grant, Matthew West, Nichole Nordeman and Selah. This tour is a musical journey from Genesis to Revelation and is based off of the special project Camp was a part of that released in 2011. Camp sang Paul (Move in Me) on THE STORY CD. THE STORY tour will begin in November and conclude in December.

About Jeremy Camp
Over his stellar 10 year career, BEC Recordings artist Camp has established himself with these landmark accolades over three million albums sold, Four RIAA Gold selling studio albums including his debut album; One RIAA Multi Platinum long form video; 32 No. 1 Radio Hits across all formats; GRAMMY nominated project for his album Speaking Louder Than Before; Billboards No. 3 Christian Artist of the Decade including five songs in the Top 50 Billboard Christian Songs of the Decade; Four ASCAP Songwriter of the Year awards; ASCAP Song of the Year award; Five Dove awards including two time Male Vocalist of the Year. Jeremy is a Compassion International artist.

2012-08-02


Bozeman Media
Remedy Drive To Release, Resuscitate, In Stores September 18, 2012
Nashville, TN (July 31, 2012), High energy rock band, Remedy Drive, is poised to release its debut project on Centricity Music September 18, 2012. Resuscitate features three new members of the group; Timmy Jones/drums, Dave Mohr/guitar, Corey Horn/bass, and frontman David Zach who is the only remaining original member. The album, produced by Pete Kipley (Matthew West, Kutless, MercyMe), offers ten new songs that were cowritten by the band. Two new singles from the project, Better Than Life, (AC/CHR) and Resuscitate Me (Rock), are now going for adds at radio and videos of both songs will be released in early August.

What is amazing is that we are an old band yet a new band, says Zach. I feel so fortunate that I found these guys who genuinely care about the music but are also invested in our fans. We have some fans that have been to nearly a hundred Remedy Drive concerts and they have been the most welcoming and encouraging in this new chapter.

This fall, fans will be treated to the new music live when Remedy Drive launches the Resusciate tour with 30 concerts. The rockin Better Than Life, which kicks off the album, explains how love is at the core of life, while Resuscitate Me rocks even harder with a message about renewal. Lost Cause really addresses the rebuilding of Remedy Drive with the lyrics of not being a lost cause even though you are broken. Glory showcases the powerful musicianship of the new band members, while the ballad God I Hope So was written by Zach about his brothers decision to leave the group.

I hope this song will resonate with someone who is going through the loss of a loved one or the loss of companionship whether through death or something similar to what I went through, explains Zach. I hope it brings strength in the midst of situations that seem hopeless and overwhelming.

For updates on the Remedy Drive and their upcoming tour dates please visit their website at www.remedydrive.com.

About Remedy Drive
Remedy Drive began in 1998, releasing six independent projects before signing with Word Records in early 2008. In August of that year, the band released their first major label album, Daylight Is Coming that received a 2009 Dove nomination for Rock/Contemporary Album of the Year. The first single from the CD, Daylight, was voted the #1 music video of 2008 for the TVU Network. The third single, All Along, shot to #1 on the CHR chart for seven weeks and reached Top Ten on the AC chart. In late 2010, the contract with Word ended and three of the four brothers decided to leave Remedy Drive. Frontman David Zach reorganized the group with Timmy Jones (drums/background vocals), Corey Horn (bass/background vocals), and Dave Mohr (guitar/background vocals) and released a new five song EP, Light Makes A Way. The band stays active on the touring circuit with 150 to 200 dates a year and is known for their energetic and dynamic live shows.

About Centricity Music
Centricity Music is an independent recording and publishing company based in Bellevue, Washington and Nashville, Tennessee. The company mission is to enable our artists to create life changing experiences for the world. Centricity Musics artist roster includes; Aaron Shust, Andrew Peterson, Downhere, Jaime Jamgochian, Jason Gray, Remedy Drive, Seth Mosley, Sixteen Cities, and Unspoken.

Resuscitate Song Listing
1. Better Than Life
2. Lost Cause
3. Resuscitate Me
4. God I Hope So
5. What Are We Waiting for
6. Dont Forget
7. Make It Bright
8. Crystal Sea
9. Glory
10. Hold On

2012-08-02


Merge PR
Newboys Announce Tour Dates For Fall Leg Of Their God's Not Dead Tour
Nashville, Tenn (31 July 2012), Before they wrapped the spring leg of their highly successful 60 city God Not Dead Tour, Newsboys announced the extension of the tour through the fall of 2012. Hitting 35+ cities across the U.S., the fall leg of this much sought after tour will kick off September 20th in Johnson City, TN and wrap in San Antonio, TX on November 18th.

Joining Newsboys on the fall leg will be Building 429 (Provident Label Group) and Luminate (Sparrow/EMI). Compassion International will continue their highly successful partnership with Newsboys in raising awareness and sponsorships for children overseas during the tour.

Over the course of the sellout tour this past spring, the Newsboys God Not Dead Tour impacted thousands of lives, both locally and internationally, making it one of the most in demand nights of worship, praise and celebration. Nearly 5,000 children were sponsored through the partnership with Compassion International, while 3,200 people pledged to be Second to One through I am Second. Testimonies poured in following each show, and thousands more indicated their desire to give their lives to Christ after hearing a message of hope from evangelist Bob Lenz of Life Promotions.

As they ready for the fall tour, Newsboys continue to perform this summer at festivals and one off dates, performing many of their biggest No. 1 hits such as God Not Dead and Born Again. Fans will also be able to hear Your Love Never Fails, Newsboys next radio single going for adds date at Christian radio the end of August.

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2012-07-31


Breathecast
All Sons and Daughters to Join Headliner Chris Tomlin
All Sons and Daughters announced that they will be joining headliner Chris Tomlin again this Fall on the And if Our God is for Us tour.

All Sons and Daughters is a worship duo comprised of David Leonard and Leslie Jordan. The duo was formed in Franklin, TN.

The duo released new project Season One just past March 2012 on Integrity Music. Season One contains 15 worshipful songs.

Chris Tomlin, And if Our God is for Us tour, added new dates for this coming Fall 2012. Tomlin with be heading out to 13 more cities starting in October.

Tomlin latest project And if Our God is for Us released in 2010 containing such successful songs as Our God and I will Follow.

2012-07-31


Savvy Media Solutions
Behind the Songs on onething Live: Magnificent Obsession
Matt Gilman, worship leader at the International House of Prayer in Kansas City, Mo., shares the inspiration behind New Jerusalem from the new Forerunner Music release onething LIVE: Magnificent Obsession, available now.

I woke up from a dream a few years ago singing the chorus to the song New Jerusalem. The dream came to me during a season of meditation on Revelation 21, when I was pondering how God would one day tabernacle with man on the earth again. The song describes the homecoming of the Son of Man, as He brings with Him our eternal home, the New Jerusalem, Matt Gilman.

To listen to an audio stream of New Jerusalem and for more information on onething LIVE: Magnificent Obsession, visit: www.ihopkc.org/onethinglive.

2012-07-31


Merge PR
Hillsong Live Returns To The U.S. For Cornerstone Tour
Nashville, Tenn. (July 31, 2012), Hillsong LIVE returns to the U.S. to share from their latest worship album, Cornerstone, which set a record as the first Hillsong album to debut on all major mainstream music charts in the world. With more than 11 million albums sold, Hillsong LIVE has traveled to the U.S. to bring their worship experience across the nation. This tour begins on September 12 in Boston, MA and will conclude on September 25 in Denver, CO (dates below). Tickets are on sale now for the 12-city tour.

For the last two years, members of Hillsong LIVE have sold more than 80,000 tickets leading worship across the nation, selling out venues in major markets such as the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles and Southeast Christian Church in Louisville. This tour coincides with the recent release of Cornerstone, which was recorded in Sydney, Australia last fall with tens of thousands in worship at filled to capacity Allphones Arena.

Cornerstone captures the heart and sound of Hillsong Church globally representing the coming together of the Hillsong worship teams from around the world including Reuben Morgan, Ben Fielding, Joel Houston and many more. The tour will include powerful new songs from Cornerstone as well as church favorites like Mighty to Save.

The new album showcases 12 brand new songs written by Reuben Morgan, Joel Houston and a great team of writers. It is available for sale as a CD, DVD and a Physical Deluxe version that contains both the CD and DVD in one special package. During street week the album peaked at No. 3 on the U.S. iTunes overall albums chart and No.1 in other countries. Cornerstone also debuted at No. 1 on both the Billboard Christian and Gospel albums and the Praise and Worship albums chart in addition to the Top 200 chart.

Hillsong LIVE Cornerstone Tour
9/12 Boston, MA Agganis Arena
9/13 Baltimore, MD 1st Mariner Arena
9/14 Cincinnati, OH Bank of Kentucky Center
9/15 Charlotte, NC Bojangles’ Coliseum
9/17 Memphis, TN Bellevue Baptist Church
9/18 Birmingham, AL Boutwell Municipal Auditorium
9/20 Austin, TX Cedar Park Center
9/21 San Antonio, TX Freeman Coliseum
9/22 Tulsa, OK BOK Center
9/23 Wichita, KS Intrust Bank Arena
9/24 Kansas City, MO Independence Events Center
9/25 Denver, CO Wells Fargo Theatre

About Hillsong LIVE
Hillsong LIVE is the congregational expression of worship from Hillsong Church, a global church with a local influence. Since 1992, Hillsong LIVE has resourced the local church and received gold and platinum album status multiple times, writing such well known worship songs as Shout To The Lord, Inside Out, Hosanna, The Stand and Mighty to Save, which was awarded the 2009 Dove for Worship Song of the Year.

2012-07-31


Breathecast
Gospel Hit Maker Troy Sneed Announces online Listening Party
There is a party going on at Stellar Award winning recording artist Troy Sneeds crib. Al The Bishop Hobbs will host an online listening party to promote Sneed's new CD All is Well this Monday, August 6th @ 8:00 p.m. EST on www.althebishophobbs.com. Like with any great party, fans must RSVP to participate in the online chat (8 to 9 pm est.) or the post chat Skype session (9 to 9:30 pm est.). The church with the most registered members will win a mini concert from Sneed during one of its upcoming Sunday morning worship services. Fans can register at this link http://humiliteebroadcast.homestead.com/TROYSNEEDCDLISTENINGPARTY.html

The All is Well CD hits stores the next day August 7th and the radio single, Lay it Down is well on its way to becoming a Top Ten smash like Sneeds prior hits My Heart Says Yes, Work it Out, The Struggle is Over and Hallelujah. Now, after only three weeks, the catchy sing along tune has climbed to #18 on next week's Billboard Hot Gospel Songs chart. Troy Sneed has made it happen once again with a powerful inspirational message that's simple and to the point in this season of life, says Connye Bryant at WHLW in Montgomery, AL. This song is definitely going to be another hit for the Worship Master, Mr. Troy Sneed!

In August, Sneed will make several appearances in support of the new project, including these confirmed dates:

8/04/12 WPZE Praise in the Park, Centennial Park, Atlanta, GA
8/10/12 WLOU St. Jude's Childrens Hospital Concert, Louisville, KY
8/11/12 Cedar Street Baptist Church, 2301 Cedar Street, Richmond, VA
8/12/12 Morningstar Baptist Church, 154 Winters Lane, Catonsville, MD

The new CD features urban flavored songs of praise and worship ranging from the jazzy Song for You to I Know You Hear Me that recalls R. Kellys U Saved Me. For more, visit Sneed online at www.troysneed.net or follow him on Twitter @TroySneed.

2012-07-31


Breathecast
The Glorious Unseen Returns from Hiatus with New Project 'Lovesick'
The Glorious Unseen is returning from hiatus. BEC Recordings announces the return of The Glorious Unseen with their new album Lovesick. Lovesick will release on BEC Recordings on September 18, 2012.

The Glorious Unseen returns from hiatus after the successful release of Tonight the Stars Speak in 2007, and The Hope that Lies in You, in 2009.

During the break, frontman Ben Crist served at the International House of Prayer. Crist was involved in the bible school as well as in worship teams that maintained the 24/7 prayer and worship.

The Glorious Unseen returns to the music scene with their new project Lovesick. The songs on the album are worshipful and influenced by Crist's experience of ministering at the International House of Prayer.

2012-07-30


The Media Collective
Chris August Reveals More Details of Upcoming Release
Nashville, TN, July 27, 2012, Proven hitmaker and three time GMA Dove Award winner Chris August is now less than a month away from the release of his new album, The Upside of Down, his second for Fervent Records/Word. Not wanting to keep everything under wraps, though, August is now revealing the already buzzed about project cover art and track listing.

The 14 track record was coproduced by August alongside Ian Eskelin (Francesca Battistelli, Sidewalk Prophets) and was mixed by GRAMMY nominated engineer/producer Neal Avron (Sara Bareilles, Fall Out Boy). From now through July 31, fans can listen to the album in its entirety for the first time at www.chrisaugustmusic.com/preview. Two videos have also been premiered on the site, including an official lyric video and a behind the scenes video.

The album infectious lead single, Center Of It, cowritten by August and songwriter Ben Glover, is bulleting up the charts at radio, jumping six spots at Christian AC Monitored this week from No. 18 to No. 12, landing in the Top 10 at No. 8 on AC Indicator, coming in at No. 16 on CHR and rising three spots on the National Audience Chart from No. 16 to 13.

Early praise for The Upside of Down is already pouring in, including this glowing preview from New Release Tuesday-

The Upside of Down is one of the most compelling and lyrically transparent albums of the year. Chris has vaulted himself amongst the industry top singer songwriters with an album that rivals the latest by Bebo Norman, Brandon Heath and Jason Gray. As it turns out, we only scratched the surface of Augusts soulful, inspiring and meaningful storytelling with his GMA Dove Award winning debut album. If you want to be challenged, moved, and get deeper with Chris August, do not miss out on this practically perfect album. Several of these songs are instant classics and for sure, August is the frontrunner for Pop/Contemporary Album, Artist, and Male Vocalist of the Year. Track listing for The Upside of Down

1. Center of It
2. The Upside of Down
3. Amen
4. This Side of Heaven
5. Restore
6. Let There Be Light
7. I Believe
8. 1989
9. Unashamed of You
10. A Little More Jesus
11. Let The Music Play
12. Water Into Wine
13. Meant To Be
14. Truth Is Still True

Gearing up for the August 21 launch of The Upside of Down, August has maintained a busy schedule with a special trip to Colorado last week. He visited the staff of Focus on the Family and volunteered his time with the KLOVE partnered Denver ShareFest, a public school service project. The Denver Sharefest brought help and hope with no strings attached to over 20 Denver public schools last week, saving the metro school system over $1 million in labor and materials.

In addition, this week saw August help label mates Group 1 Crew celebrate their first No. 1 hit, He Said, on which he is featured. The track, which is the debut single from the duos forthcoming album, Fearless, rose quickly to the top spot on the CHR chart earlier this summer.

This fall, August will join the Eye On It Tour with TobyMac and Jamie Grace, and later, the TobyMac HITS Deep Tour alongside Brandon Heath, Mandisa, Britt Nicole, Jamie Grace and Group 1 Crew. He is currently touring across the country throughout the summer. To view his tour schedule, visit chrisaugustmusic.com.

About Chris August
Upon his debut in 2010, Fervent Records Chris August quickly became a favorite in the CCM genre. With an impressive sweep at the 42nd Annual Dove Awards, he earned awards for New Artist of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year, adding him to an elite group of only three artists in the history of the show who have received both awards. He also claimed the nod for Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year for his debut album No Far Away. The album delivered Augusts debut single Starry Night, which stayed No. 1 for six consecutive weeks on Billboard Christian/AC chart. Chris August will release his much anticipated sophomore record The Upside of Down in August of 2012, which was painstakingly crafted and coproduced with award winning producer Ian Eskelin. August is a self taught pianist, guitarist, and producer who has previously toured with pop sensation Ashlee Simpson and has worked/cowrote with artists such as Ryan Cabrera, Brian McKnight and Jessica Simpson before shifting his focus to a solo career.

2012-07-30


The Media Collective
Blue Like Jazz Arrives On August 7 from Lionsgate Entertainment
Nashville, Tenn., July 30, 2012, The film that received widespread support and praise from fans, critics, Christian leaders and more, Blue Like Jazz, will release on Blu-ray Disc, DVD, digital download and On Demand August 7, 2012, by Lionsgate Entertainment.

Based on The New York Times best selling novel that swept the nation, Blue Like Jazz brings Donald Millers semi autobiographical stories and reflections to life, following his path to self discovery and a deeper, more authentic Christian faith. Chosen as an official Selection of the SXSW Film Festival and already named one of Paste magazine's Top Movies of 2012, Blue Like Jazz was directed by Steve Taylor and cowritten by Taylor, Miller and Ben Pearson (The Second Chance).

Taylor eloquently delves into the intricacies of friendships, faith and finding ones self to reveal that everybody belongs somewhere. This film was also made possible by a dedicated fan base that refused to let this project fall through the cracks. In starting the Save Blue Like Jazz Kickstarter grassroots campaign, fans not only raised $350,000 in one month to bring this project into theaters, but in doing so congregated a passionate, built in fan base committed to spreading the word about the film release. The Kickstarter backers hosted prescreenings, enlisted street teams to sell out screens in advance and were actively engaged in social media reaching out to their peers and communities.

Marshall Allman (HBOs True Blood) gives a solid performance as Don, a pious nineteen year old, who uproots himself from his Bible belt upbringing and ventures to Portland where one new experience after another forces him to confront the meaning of life and true faith. The New York Times hailed the film as sincere and literary, while Paste magazine deemed it witty, provocative and life affirming. Blue Like Jazz also stars Claire Holt (TVs The Vampire Diaries), Tania Raymonde (TVs Lost), Justin Welborn (TVs Body of Proof) with Eric Lange (TVs Victorious), Jason Marsden (Fun with Dick and Jane), Will McKinney (Super Zeroes) and Jenny Littleton (Deadline).

The Blue Like Jazz Blu ray Disc and DVD is packed with special features including audio commentary with Donald Miller, Ben Pearson and Steve Taylor, numerous featurettes, a Directors Master Class, deleted scenes and more, and will be available for the suggested retail price of $39.99 and $27.98, respectively.

Additionally, churches, colleges and ministry organizations will be able to purchase institutional screening licenses of Blue Like Jazz through an arrangement with Dunk Tank Marketing, a marketing partner on the film working with churches, denominations, campus and youth ministries. The site, www.dunktankresources.com will provide licenses and screening kits with a suite of resources for host organizations to promote movie events.

Accompanying the DVD release on August 7 is the soundtrack to the film, featuring tracks from artists such as Menomena, Katie Herzig, score composer Danny Seim and a new track from Steve Taylor. The project will be available at iTunes and all digital retail outlets.

Synopsis
Don, a nineteen year old student at a Texas junior college, spontaneously decides to escape the hypocrisy of his religious upbringing for life in the Pacific Northwest. Upon arrival at Reed College, one of the most progressive campuses in America, he quickly discovers that its surroundings and unconventional student body proves to be far different than he could have ever imagined. With everything this new environment brings, Don is forced to embark on a journey of self-discovery to understand who he is and what he truly believes.

Blu ray & DVD Special Features*
Audio commentary with Author/Co Writer Donald Miller, Cinematographer Ben Pearson and Co Writer/Director Steve Taylor
Making Blue Like Jazz
Master Class Directing Actors on Set
Deleted Scenes
Photo Gallery
Save Blue Like Jazz featurette
The Cast featurette
The Animator featurette
This is My Story featurette
The Music featurette
Theatrical Trailer
*Subject to change

Blue Like Jazz Soundtrack Track Listing
1) TAOS Menomena
2) Yellow Cake Dat'r
3) Theme From Rockie Danny Seim
4) Sandpiper Action!
5) Moving Upstairs - Danny Seim
6) Etched Danny Seim
7) Fate Danny Seim
8) E Is Stable Menomena
9) I Hurt Too Katie Herzig
10) RabbitChase Danny Seim
11) Oh, Pretty Boy, You're Such A Big Boy Menomena
12) A Life Preserved Steve Taylor & The Perfect Foil
13) Confession Danny Seim

2012-07-30


Savvy Media Solutions
Jeff Deyo Releases Fifth Worship Album, Moving Mountains, Aug. 7
(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) July 30, 2012, Best known as the original lead singer of Dove Award winning group Sonicflood, celebrated worship leader and solo artist Jeff Deyo releases his fifth worship album, Moving Mountains, on Aug. 7. The project seeks to encourage listeners to persevere in faith and trust God goodness, even, and especially, in the midst of hardship and difficulty.

Produced by Otto Price (Nicole C. Mullen, BarlowGirl) and Mark Heimermann (Downhere, newsboys) Moving Mountains finds its inspiration from Mark 11:22 to 24, which talks about having unwaivering faith. Deyo explains, Moving mountains is not about God fixing all our problems you know, eliminating all obstacles from our path. It is about believing in the Lord Most High, even in the most impossible of situations. It is about trusting Him to care for me, to rescue me, to do what is best for eternity and for His Kingdom, which is inevitably best for us. It is about faith.

Moving Mountains, featuring cowriters Sarah Reeves and Jonathan Lee on select songs, blends pop rock with soulful groove and striking melodies with meaningful words in modern congregational expressions. Tracks like We Delight is an unabashed anthem of praise to the King, while Rescue Me expresses ones heart cry for deliverance in desperate times. The Perfection of Beauty speaks to God saving grace amidst our brokenness and Moving Mountains is a bold declaration of trust in His divine providence.

In recording this CD, my heart burns particularly for people to be stirred in their faith to trust God for rescue in the hardest of times, says Deyo. Nothing would please me more than if people would join me in singing these very personal, scripture-breathed corporate worship songs, with the sudden knowledge that they are coming into agreement with deep and powerful Biblical truths. Then, in turn, their faith would be stirred to believe for the moving of the mightiest of mountains.

Moving Mountains will be available via all digital music outlets. For more information, visit www.jeffdeyo.com.

About Jeff Deyo
Deyo is known internationally as the original lead singer of Dove Award winning group Sonicflood and the voice behind classic worship songs like I Could Sing of Your Love Forever, In the Secret, and My Refuge. As such, he saw the bands gold certified, self titled debut (1999) and its Grammy nominated follow up, Sonicpraise (2001), reach combined sales of more than one million. Deyo followed up these accomplishments by releasing four acclaimed worship recordings Saturate, Light, Surrender (Live), and Unveil.

Deyo is the founder of Worship City Ministries, which is the umbrella under which he creates, serves and participates in a variety of ministries worldwide. In addition, Deyo now holds the high honor of being a full time faculty member (as Worship Arts Specialist, professor) at North Central University (NCU) in Minneapolis. He is also an honorary pastor at his home church, Celebration Church in Lakeville, Minn.

To find out more about Jeff Deyo, visit www.jeffdeyo.com or www.facebook.com/jeffdeyo.

2012-07-30


Merge PR
Worship Leader Kari Jobe Releases The Acoustic Sessions
NASHVILLE, Tenn (July 26, 2012), As one of the industry premier worship leaders, Kari Jobe continues to impact the church with her newest special EP release, The Acoustic Sessions, available now on iTunes. This EP features acoustic versions of her most popular songs plus two acoustic performance videos. The EP peaked at the top of the iTunes Christian & Gospel album chart where it remains in the Top 10 along with her sophomore full length project Where I Find You, which she released earlier this year to much acclaim.

Where I Find You released with chart topping street week numbers at No. 1 and No. 10 on Billboard National Christian and Gospel and Top 200 charts. The album continues to resonate with listeners as her current radio single, Steady My Heart, is climbing the charts at AC Monitored and Indicator as well as the National Christian Audience chart. Fans can watch this acoustic video performance of the single here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BJi_7f1cpbk).

On the heels of the Winter Jam Tour Spectacular where Jobe left a huge impression, she will be headlining her first tour with special guests All Sons & Daughters this September. The 6 city tour will begin in Lubbock, TX and conclude in Michigan. Tickets for the Where I Find You Tour will go on sale July 27 at Premier Productions (http://www.premierproductions.com/tour/kari-jobe-where-i-find-you-tour) to purchase tickets.

Kari Jobe Fall 2012 Tour Dates
9/06/12 Lubbock, TX Trinity Church
9/07/12 Houston, TX Gateway Community Church
9/08/12 Grand Prairie, TX Crossroads Christian Church
9/13/12 Gainesville, GA Free Chapel
9/14/12 Jacksonville, FL First Baptist Church Jacksonville
9/15/12 Winterville, NC Reimage Church
9/16/12 Detroit, MI NorthRidge Church (Plymouth Campus)
9/27/12 Oklahoma City, OK Crossroads Church
9/28/12 Little Rock, AR Immanuel Baptist
9/30/12 Baton Rouge, LA Bethany
10/04/12 Texarkana, AR Trinity Baptist Church
10/06/12 Joplin, MO Calvary Baptist
10/07/12 Peroria, IL Riverside Community

About Kari Jobe
After being established as one of the premier worship leaders with her Dove Award winning, self titled debut, Kari Jobe continues to serve as a worship pastor at Gateway Church in Southlake, Texas, and has released her highly anticipated follow up album, Where I Find You, this year on Sparrow Records.

Jobe also invests her time and love in partnering with the A21 Campaign, an organization dedicated to abolishing human trafficking in the 21st century. With over 27 million affected by human trafficking, Jobe feels a responsibility to do everything she can for this organization. She and her sister, Kris created an exclusive line of jewelry and tshirts where all the proceeds go to the cause of bringing an end to human trafficking and injustice.

2012-07-27


Life Promotions, Inc.
Lifest Media Update - 2012 Recap
Well, Lifest 2012 is behind us and we are already looking forward to next year. We thought we would just share a few highlights of this years event.

BRING A FRIEND FREE
Our first ever Bring a Friend Free promotion was a success. More than 2,500 free guests joined us on opening night of Lifest to hear Switchfoot, Brian Head Welch, Downhere, and many more. Speaker, Reggie Dabbs, gave a heartfelt message that touched many, and we saw hundreds respond to the message. We estimate that it may be our biggest kick off night ever, with approximately 15,000 to 17,000 people in attendance. Overall, more than 1,000 people responded to the gospel at Lifest 2012.

LIFEST ATTENDEES GIVING BACK
A HUGE thank you to the 1,052 amazing volunteers who helped make Lifest run smoothly. We literally could not do it without them.

*366 children in developing nations were sponsored through Compassion International.
*131 people volunteered to give blood for the Community Blood Center’s blood drive at Lifest.

PHOTOS & VIDEOS
You can catch a glimpse of the Lifest experience!
*Photo albums of each day, along with fan photos, can be seen on our Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/Lifest/photos
*Recap videos for each day can be viewed on our YouTube channel here:http://www.youtube.com/lifestofficial

CHANGED LIVES
Here are just a few of the 100s of comments we received from attendees.

Went to a great seminar on Parenting. It was awesome to see how we can view parenting from a different perspective. Joann

This year I brought my 16 year old nephew to Lifest with me, praying that he would be moved enough to want to learn more. He not only wants to learn more but on his own he decided to accept Jesus as his savior. As I saw him headed toward the prayer tent, my eyes swelled up with tears. Paula

My son and I spent our 4th year at Lifest. There is nothing like rocking out to Thousand Foot Krutch and Family Force 5 with my best friend. Mike

My daughter literally jumped out of the chair when he was done speaking and we went to the prayer tent together and along with a Pastor we prayed for her. It truly made my heart swell with pride and was one of my best moments in life! I will NEVER forget it! Catie

I found a new love for my wife. Brandon

I felt a huge burden escape me just by setting foot on the Lifest grounds. Hard to explain, but I feel new again! Andree

I still feel like I am wrapped in a bubble of love and I have a warmth in my heart that isn't from the heat. Samantha

LIFEST 2013
Plans now begin for next years event, being held July 10 to14, 2013 at Sunnyview Expo Center in Oshkosh, WI. Early bird tickets and camping are already available at www.lifest.com.

2012-07-27


The Media Collective
Grammy Nominated Matthew West Readies New Studio Album
Nashville, TN, July 25, 2012, Two time GRAMMY nominee Matthew West is set to follow up his critically acclaimed 2010 album, The Story of Your Life, with the release of a collection of brand new songs titled Into The Light on September 25, 2012. The new studio album, produced by Pete Kipley, features 12 tracks inspired by letters submitted by the thousands after West invited people to send him their stories. The songs making up this sixth studio project from West were written mostly while he was on tour this spring with Casting Crowns.

After receiving over 10,000 personal stories from all over the globe for his 2010 project, The Story of Your Life, the acclaimed singer songwriter, who has been forever impacted by the outpouring of stories, felt as though there was even more for others to say during this season of his music. West collected stories for this new project through the end of March. The tracks comprising Into the Light were inspired by stories touching on everything from drug addiction, the rejection of apathy, abusive relationships and the faith we find in the waiting.

There is power in a story, says West. And we all have a story to tell. Over the last few years, I have had the honor of reading over 20,000 stories from people all over the world who have answered my invitation to share the story of their lives. The songs on Into the Light are inspired by these amazing, real life stories. Each one has had a profound impact on my life, and I can't wait to share these stories and songs with the world. I believe the stories told on this record will challenge all who hear to discover the hope, healing and freedom that can only be found when we step out of the darkness and into the light.

The lead single from Into The Light, Forgiveness, is quickly gaining ground at radio, with it claiming the No. 10 spot on the National Audience Chart, No. 15 at Christian AC Monitored, No. 11 at AC Indicator and No. 24 at CHR this week. In addition to already charting in the Top 10 on the National Christian Audience chart, the single garnered over 5 million audience impressions this week. Forgiveness has been in the Top 10 on the iTunes Christian & Gospel Songs chart since its release earlier this month.

West penned the powerful track after hearing the story of Renee Napier, whose 20 year old daughter, Megan, was killed in a car wreck by a drunk driver, Eric Smallridge, over Mothers Day weekend in 2001. Smallridge was convicted of DUI manslaughter and was sentenced to 22 years in prison. However, Napier has not only forgiven the man responsible for her daughter death, she even thinks of him like a son. In fact, she actually petitioned the court, which agreed to cut Smallridges 22 year sentence in half; he will be released from prison this fall. After hearing this story, West felt compelled to not only write a song inspired by Napiers courageous and humbling act of forgiveness, but he also felt convicted to give her story a voice to reach those who may not have the chance to hear it otherwise. Thus, Wests song, Forgiveness, sets the stage for the 11 other gripping stories which are Into The Light.

The video for the story behind, Forgiveness, is one of the most watched on the popular video site GodTube, totaling over 50,000 views within just a few days of posting. To view the video, visit GodTube's site here (http://www.godtube.com/watch/?v=WL66DGNX). Earlier this year, West joined Casting Crowns on the nationwide Come to the Well Tour, which visited around 40 markets from February through May. West will hit the road again this fall for a headlining tour, beginning in Dallas on September 20. Joined by MIKESCHAIR, Lindsay McCaul and Everfound, The Into The Light Tour will visit major markets including Chicago, Denver and Tampa, among many others. For additional information, please visit www.matthewwest.com.

About Matthew West
Lauded by The New York Times as, a vivid and compelling songwriter with impressive approaches to the familiar, two time GRAMMY nominee Matthew Wests discography includes acclaimed releases: Happy (2003), History (2005) and Something to Say (2008). His 2010 studio album, The Story of Your Life, was inspired by 10,000 stories from every state in the U.S. and 20 countries. The album released on October 5, 2010, and garnered attention from CNN Online, Fox News, Billboard, Country Weekly, American Songwriter and more. The Story of Your Life gave West the largest street week debut of his career selling over 10,000 units the first week landing at No. 3 on Christian Soundscan, and No. 41 on the Billboard Top 200. In conjunction with Harvest House Publishers, West teamed up with bestselling author Angela Thomas for The Story of Your Life book. The Heart of Christmas marked Wests first full length Christmas project which also boasts the Top 10 mainstream AC radio hit The Heart of Christmas. A multiple ASCAP Song of the Year winner, West has had four No. 1 radio hits including his latest GRAMMY nominated tune, Strong Enough. His songwriting credits include cuts by Rascal Flatts, Billy Ray Cyrus, Diamond Rio and more. Recently nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Original Music & Lyrics for The Heart of Christmas from the film of the same name, Wests sixth studio album, Into The Light, will be released on September 25, 2012.

2012-07-27


Merge PR
Switchfoot Announces Fall Headline Tour
SWITCHFOOT will launch an extensive fall tour on September 26 at Rams Head Live in Baltimore, MD. The run, featuring special guest Paper Route, will include shows at the Theatre of the Living Arts in Philadelphia, PA (10/2), Detroits St. Andrews Hall (10/11) and Vinyl, the new music venue at the Hard Rock Cafe & Casino in Las Vegas (10/26 & 27). It will conclude on October 28 at City National Grove of Anaheim in Southern California. See below for itinerary.

The Original, the blazingly catchy third single from SWITCHFOOTS latest album, Vice Verses, goes to Modern Rock radio in early September. It follows the album Top 10 Modern Rock hits, Dark Horses and Afterlife.

The GRAMMY winning band is featured in an all new episode of Guitar Center Sessions on DIRECTV, premiering tonight at 9 pm on channel 239 and in 3D on n|3D. Fans can check out SWITCHFOOT performing one of its early hits Meant to Live from 2003s multi Platinum, The Beautiful Letdown, in this preview of the episode: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4vPw9U9YohI

If it is possible to blow the roof off of an arena that has no roof, Switchfoot did just that Friday, said UT San Diego in a review of a recent show. Their songs are more like reality checks than anything else. Lead singer Jon Foreman raw, gritty voice pierces the conscience.

The 8th annual Switchfoot Bro Am Presented By Hurley raised more than $200,000 for San Diego area chapters of StandUp for Kids, a national nonprofit volunteer outreach organization founded in San Diego that is dedicated to making a difference in the lives of at risk, homeless and street kids (www.standupforkids.org). Conceived by SWITCHFOOT as a way to give back to its hometown of San Diego, the weekends festivities began with an auction night soiree and culminated with a surf contest/beach concert that drew over 12,000 people to Moonlight Beach in Encinitas, CA on June 16th. The Bro Am has raised more than $700,000 for San Diego based childrens charities, including StandUp for Kids, since its inception in 2005.

The funds raised over the years have enabled the Oceanside chapter of StandUp for Kids to expand from a 600 square foot center to a 2500 square foot center. BroAm monies have helped supplement the organizations Food Pack support and have been instrumental in feeding over 18,000 kids in 2011 alone. The chapter has been able to send 10 kids to college and 200 kids home to be reunited with their families.

SWITCHFOOT, comprising Jon Foreman (vocals/guitar), Tim Foreman (bass), Chad Butler (drums), Jerome Fontamillas (keys/guitar) and Drew Shirley (guitar)won a GRAMMY for 2009s Hello Hurricane. The band follow up album, Vice Verses, earned Billboards praise for its powerful, anthemic rockers and was hailed by Relevant Magazine as SWITCHFOOTS most unique album yet.

SWITCHFOOT FESTIVAL APPEARANCES

July
28 Loveland, CO @ Heaven Fest

August
2 Gilford, NH @ Soulfest
6 Darien Cinter, NY @ Kingdom Bound
18 Great Falls, MT @ Downpour Music Festival

September
1 Atlanta, GA @ Celebrate Freedom
2 Plymouth, CA @ Joshua Fest
8 Orlando, FL @ Rock the Universe
14 Shippensburg, PA @ Uprise Festival

SWITCHFOOT FALL 2012 TOUR
Featuring Special Guest Paper Route

September
26 Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live
27 South Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground Ballroom
28 Syracuse, NY @ The Westcott Theater
29 Bangor, MD @ Bangor Waterfront
30 Tucson, AZ @ Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium

October
2 Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of the Living Arts
3 Silver Spring, MD @ The Fillmore
5 North Myrtle Beach, SC @ House of Blues
11 Detroit, MI @ St. Andrews Hall
12 Indianapolis, IN @ Deluxe
13 Omaha, NE @ Slowdown
15 Denver, CO @The Summit Music Hall
16 Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot
17 Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory
18 Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom
19 Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
20 Eugene, OR @ Wow Hall
22 Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst
23 San Francisco, CA @ Regency Ballroom
26 Las Vegas, NV @ Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Vinyl
27Las Vegas, NV @ Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Vinyl
28 Anaheim, CA @ City National Grove of Anaheim


2012-07-27


Nashville Publicity Group
Christafari Returns To Their Roots Of Worship With New Album
(LOS ANGELES, California) Reggae pioneers Christafari have returned to their roots with the release of their latest album, Reggae Worship: A Roots Revival (Lion of Zion Entertainment), which is now available at all major digital retailers including iTunes, GospelReggae.com and select stores. Christafari pioneered the genre of Gospel Reggae with their first album, 1993s Reggae Worship Volume 1, which catapulted them onto the Billboard charts.

On Reggae Worship: A Roots Revival, Christafari reworks classic hymns, reinterprets many of today's top worship anthems and gives us a handful of original worship songs that truly capture the band's signature sound.

It's our rootsiest and most worshipful album to date, says Christafari founder and frontman Mark Mohr. Just imagine your favorite worship songs by artists like Hillsong United, Chris Tomlin, Michael W. Smith and Brenton Brown, done in a reggae style, plus a handful of new Christafari originals.

As expected from Christafari, the album 17 worship tracks feature an arsenal of guest appearances from the top names in the genre, including Dominic Balli, Avion Blackman, Jennifer Howland, Sherwin Gardner, Monty G, Tiago Costa, Solomon Jabby, Vanessa Mardueno, Dillavou and Imisis David Fohe.

In promotion of this album, Christafari will be leading worship at mega churches across the nation with heavy support from the Calvary Chapel network. A launch event is scheduled for July 28th and 29th at the 14,000-member Calvary Chapel of Albuquerque, before heading across the USA and then on to New Caledonia, Fiji, Brazil, Belize, Guatemala and the Virgin Islands. Multiple music videos are being shot for release in the coming months, along with heavy radio promotion and social media campaigns.

With over a half million albums sold worldwide, Christafari is the all time top selling Gospel Reggae artist. The band continues to tour worldwide, performing more than 100 shows each year reaching more than 50 countries. For more information, visit www.christafari.com.

2012-07-26


Group Publishing, Inc.
KidMin 2012 is almost sold out...Register your team today!
The 2012 KidMin Conference in Chicago (September 28 to October 1) is just 9 short weeks away! With our amazing lineup of speakers, we only have a few hundred seats left, which means we will be selling out fast! Don't miss out on an incredible conference! Plus...if you register by Wednesday, August 1st, you'll receive a $5 Starbucks card FREE.

The KidMin Conference will help:

Renew your passion
Take your learning deeper
And keep the conversation real

Because KidMin is all about YOU and Jesus!

Hear from Beth Moore, Gungor, Christine Yount Jones, The Skit Guys, BarlowGirl, Brian Davis, Kevin Carroll, and so many more. Register today to experience more than 45 dynamic speakers and over 120 training sessions.

Reserve your spot before August 1st and:
You'll lock in the advanced registration rate
You'll pay only a $50 deposit per person
Your balance isn't due until August 24, 2012
You'll receive a $5 Starbucks gift card FREE! (Offer ends at midnight on August 1, 2012.)

2012-07-26


American Family Association
Announcing the Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day on August 1
July 26, 2012

Dear Friend,

Christian-owned Chick-fil-A has come under assault once again, this time because CEO Dan Cathy recently affirmed his personal view that the Biblical view of marriage should be upheld. The "Big Gay" machine has ramped up an un-relenting and vicious public attack against Chick-fil-A. Homosexual activists are spewing hate-filled bigotry and intolerance toward the company in unprecedented fashion.

Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day is our way of showing our support for a company whose leaders believe in marriage as that of one man, one woman.

Join millions of others in showing support for Chick-fil-A by visiting your local Chick-fil-A on Wednesday, August 1, 2012. The plan is simple. At least once on August 1, eat a meal at Chick-fil-A and politely let the staff and management know you appreciate the company's Christian value system.

Let us know you're supporting Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day by signing up today! We'll let Chick-fil-A know to expect record sales on August 1!

2012-07-26


Breathecast
Grammy Nominated Rapper Lecrae Set to Release 'Gravity', September 4
Grammy nominated and Reach Records artist Lecrae is set to release his highly anticipated album Gravity on Tuesday, September 4, 2012, which will feature Mali Music, Mathai (The Voice), label mates Trip Lee and Tedashii as well as production from DJ Khalil, Street Symphony's Heat Academy and The Watchmen.

This record is the follow up to his 2010 smash releases Rehab and the EP Rehab: The Overdose, which sold over 345,000 units combined as well as debuted at # 5 on the Billboard Hip-Hop Charts and #17 on the Top 200, Gravity will showcase Lecrae's thought provoking lyrical technique, live instrumentation and amazing beats that will keep fans wanting more. As part of the release of the album, Lecrae will be celebrating with fans holding release parties in Manchester, UK (9/22), Denver, CO (9/27) and Houston, TX (9/28). Tickets will go on sale on July 20 and for more information log onto www.reachrecords.com.

Lecrae recently released his first mixtape Church Clothes hosted by Don Cannon which featured No Malice (formerly Malice of The Clypes) and production by Grammy award winning producer Bio-1a, 9th Wonder, S-1 and Street Symphony. The mixtape received rave reviews from both critics and fans as well as garnered over 280,000 downloads.

With the release of Gravity I really wanted to expand on my previous work while still making sure to keep it all very authentic to who I am as an artist as well as a person, states Lecrae. When I released Church Clothes earlier this year, it was the precursor of what's come with this album. It introduced my music to new audiences, allowing me to impact others.

This fall, Lecrae will hit the road for the 5th annual Unashamed Tour 2012: Come Alive that will kick off October 4. This 30 city tour will make stops in New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Chicago Dallas and Atlanta among others and will feature label mates Trip Lee, Tedashii, Andy Mineo, KB and Pro. Always keeping his fans entertained, Lecrae will perform cuts from Gravity as well as fan favorites such as, Don't Waste Your Life, Go Hard and No Regrets. Tickets will go on sale August 1, 2012.

UNASHAMED TOUR 2012: COME ALIVE TOUR DATES
(*Dates subject to change)

10/4 Pittsburg, PA
10/5 Chicago, IL
10/6 Detroit, MI
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ABOUT REACH RECORDS
Reach Records is an Atlanta based full service hip hop independent label cofounded by Grammy nominated rapper Lecrae and Ben Washer in 2004. With a growing roster that includes Lacrae, Trip Lee, Tedashii, Pro, KB and Andy Mineo, Reach Records has carved out a definitive niche in the underground hip-hop scene garnering impressive sales numbers for their artists based solely on their relationship with their fans. Known for their sold out shows and energetic stage presence, Reach Records' Billboard chart topping and Grammy nominated acts continue to break uncharted waters within the music industry and seek new avenues to reach new fans.

2012-07-25


Breathecast
Matthew West to Release 'Into the Light,' Album Cover Revealed
After a successful release of the project Story of Your Life, which was inspired by the stories of West's fans, Matthew West is readying to release a new project titled Into the Light.

The first single from Into the Light is called Forgiveness. Forgiveness was written based on a true story of Renee.

Forgiveness is just one of many songs on the new album that are based on the real life stories. Into the Light will release September 25.

West revealed the new album cover just yesterday. Teasing his fans, West first uploaded an album cover featuring a teddy bear. West commented, Here it is! I wanted a cover that would make u say, I don't want to just listen to it, I want to cuddle with this CD. Some fans responded saying that the album cover was cute, others had mixed feelings. Later on, West revealed that he was just joking, Ok, ok! It was a joke. Teddy Bear is not my real album cover, West tweeted.

Later on, Matthew West posted the real album cover (see the photo). West commented, Sorry to those who were excited about teddy bear cover :).

Matthew West was nominated for Primetime Emmy Award for Original Music and Lyrics for his song The Heart of Christmas from the film The Heart of Christmas. West, I am honored to have had the chance to be a part of the movie The Heart of Christmas, says West. When I wrote the song, I never even imagined being recognized in this way, but I am thankful and hope this Emmy nomination will shine a greater light on this little movie with a big heart.

2012-07-25


BWW News Desk
Sanctus Real To Perform At Wagon Wheel, 9/8
One of the hottest bands in Christian music today is headed to Warsaw. On September 8th, GMA Dove Award winning and Grammy nominated Sanctus Real perform two ninety minute shows at the Wagon Wheel Theatre. The band is best known for their eight number one singles Beautiful Day (a U2 cover), Everything About You, The Fight Song, I'm Not Alright, Don't Give Up, We Need Each Other, Forgiven and Lead Me.

After becoming a not for profit in January of this year, the Wagon Wheel Theatre sought to expand programming and has done so with their Wagon Wheel Junior program and now the addition of a Christian music artist. We are thrilled to offer, not only quality entertainment, but entertainment that we feel reflects a large portion of our community, says Will Dawson, Wagon Wheel Theatre Director of Operations. Sanctus Real appeals to a wide and diverse audience with their mainstream success (Grammy Nominations) and their achievement in the Christian music industry.

Dawson says Sanctus booking agency, Jeff Roberts & Associates are eager to help make Christian concerts, such as Sanctus Real a success. They typically dont to play two full length concerts, but want this show to be a big hit for our community. Obviously the biggest reason is so they can come back, but also because of the popularity of contemporary Christian music and the fact that there are many other artists who would fill our venue and be as well received as Sanctus. We look forward to working with them in the future.

Show times are 6pm and 8:30pm and tickets are on sale now ranging from $20 to $32. Grace College students can purchase $15 discount tickets when they show their Grace ID (limit 100). For more information or to purchase tickets, visit wagonwheeltheatre.org.



2012-07-24


Savvy Media Solutions
Behind the Songs on onething Live: Magnificent Obsession
Sarah Edwards, worship leader at the International House of Prayer in Kansas City, Mo., shares the inspiration behind Its My Joy to Love from the forthcoming Forerunner Music release onething LIVE: Magnificent Obsession, available July 24.

I was in a season when I felt the Lord inviting me to give everything to Him so that I could gain everything. I was meditating on John 14, where Jesus says, If you love me, then keep my commandments. Over the next few days, I kept sitting down at my keyboard singing around this theme. Eventually Its My Joy to Love was born. More and more, I want my motivation in life to come from the promise of gaining the greatest prize in this whole world, my treasure, Jesus Christ, Sarah Edwards.

To listen to an audio stream of Its My Joy to Love and for more information on onething LIVE, Magnificent Obsession, visit www.ihopkc.org/onethinglive.

2012-07-24


The Digital Age Music
Very Exciting News From Crowder Band Members!
We here in the gorgeous, bustling, and always temperate metropolis of Waco, Texas wanted to give you guys an update on some exciting developments! As you probably know, this past January the Rock & Roll Extravaganza, known commonly as The David Crowder Band, released our final album entitled Give Us Rest or (A Requiem Mass In C [The Happiest of All Keys]). It is no wonder that we needed rest after a title like that!

Following our final live performance at the Passion 2012 conference in Atlanta, four of us, Bwack, Mike D, Mark, and Jack have succumbed to the magnetic pull that music exerts upon us and have formed a brand new outfit known as The Digital Age. In the process, we have constructed a new studio here in Waco, and have begun rehearsing and recording lots of new music. We took live video of some of our Rehearsals and posted them on our website to give you a little sneek peek! The resulting EP, entitled Rehearsals is available on iTunes, Amazon, and our online store.

You can find all of the latest information on The Digital Age at http://www.thedigitalagemusic.com

The really exciting news is that we are currently in the studio recording a full length album that will be released later this year! In fact, we have set up a few webcams to give you a chance to experience the intricate delicacy of studio recording (things like staring endlessly at computer screens). So if you want to join us, you know, in the staring at computer screens thing, head on over to thedigitalagemusic.com/tdacam

Your support over the years has meant the world to us, and we look to the future with anticipation and hope that you will join us on our journey!

-Mark, Mike D, Jack, and Bwack The Digital Age

2012-07-23


Hoganson Media Relations
Integrity Music Artist Israel Houghton To Appear On ABC's "The View"
Four time GRAMMY Award winner Israel Houghton will appear on The View tomorrow, Tuesday, July 24th. In a television first, Israel, along with friends Kirk Franklin, Donnie McClurkin and Marvin Sapp, will perform a medley of their best known songs on the same stage for the The View audience. The show begins at 11 a.m. EST / 10 a.m. CST. The appearance is in support of the national The Kings Men tour launching Sept. 16 and hitting major US markets, including Los Angeles, Houston, Dallas, Atlanta, Chicago, Washington, DC and more. Produced by Live Nation Entertainment, the tour marks the first time these four GRAMMY, Dove and Stellar award winning artists have toured together.

For more information about Israel concerts, including The Kings Men tour, visit http://newbreedmusic.com. For more information on Israel music, including his new live CD/DVD Jesus At The Center, visit http://www.integritymusic.com.

2012-07-23


Hoganson Media Relations
Jesus Culture Music Releases Emerging Voices July 31
Emerging Voices, the seventh new full length recording from Jesus Culture Music, releases on Kingsway July 31, 2012 with EMI CMG Distribution in the US. The anticipated new album follows last years critically acclaimed, No. 1 selling CD/DVD, Jesus Culture Awakening: Live From Chicago, and features four rising worship leaders, Derek Johnson, Mary Kat Ehrenzeller, Nate Ward and Justin Jarvis.

I am excited to introduce four emerging voices to you that we know and love, says Banning Liebscher, Jesus Culture director. We believe that there are emerging voices being raised up around the earth right now, and these voices are going to be used to see entire nations awakened to the love of Jesus; awakened to the gospel. This is really our heart for this album, Emerging Voices.

Kim Walker Smith, Chris Quilala and Melissa Wise, How were worship leaders who were young and involved in our youth group and that the Lord began to anoint to see their voice stir the hearts of the Church and awaken people to Jesus, continues Liebscher. This album is just a handful of these emerging voices; ones that are close to us, Derek, Mary Kat, Nate and Justin. I am convinced that God is going to take their lives, songs and anointing to impact an entire generation.

More information on the heart behind Emerging Voices from Liebscher can be found at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=274n_p8hnZM.
Jesus Culture also released get to know you videos from Derek Johnson, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N2qxelS1s-I,
Mary Kat Ehrenzeller, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4MTpjeRo_ZA,
and Nate Ward, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vuSTNEKoUeY
with an additional video from Justin Jarvis to post soon.

Known as one of the most influential youth movements around the world, Jesus Culture has ignited a generation with energetic, passionate and authentic worship music organically birthed through the momentum of a movement whose focus is to equip a generation to transform society by bringing people into an encounter with God love through worship and discipleship. Their albums capture the heart of this movement of young people who are passionate for God and seeking an encounter with His presence.

With all new original worship songs that range from the moving, Mighty Fortress, to the message of surrender in, Where You Are, and the soulful anthem, I Belong To You, the complete Emerging Voices track listing with accompanying songwriters follows

Here We Are (Justin Davis)
I Belong To You (Derek Johnson and Jeremy Edwardson)
Mighty Fortress (Mary Kat Ehrenzeller, Andrew Ehrenzeller)
Let It Go (Derek Johnson, Jeremy Edwardson)
Be My Love (Justin Jarvis)
We Just Love You (Be My Love Reprise) (Justin Jarvis)
Who Can Compare (Mary Kat Ehrenzeller, Justin Jarvis)
You Are My God (Derek Johnson, Jeremy Edwardson)
Where You Are (Nate Ward, Eric Skaggs, Shelly Head)
Glory Come Down (Derek Johnson)
I Wont Settle (Nate Ward, Kathy Frizzell, Judy Fitzpatrick)

More information on Jesus Culture, including its events, can be found at www.jesusculturemusic.com, www.jesusculture.com, www.facebook.com/jesusculture and www.kingswayworship.com.

About Kingsway
Kingsway and Integrity Music compose the music division of David C Cook, a nonprofit global resource provider serving the Church with life transforming materials. Headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Kingsway and Integrity Musics resources are distributed in more than 160 countries and sold worldwide. Additional information can be found at http://kingswayworship.com and www.integritymusic.com.

2012-07-23


Merge PR
Rockers Number One Gun Reunite To Make New Album
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (July 20, 2012), Fan favorite rockers Number One Gun have reunited to create a new full-length studio album. To help fund the album, the band has started a Kickstarter campaign. Fans can donate to this project and help them reach their goal.

In addition to raising money for their album, they will also be making a DVD of behind the scenes of the making of the project. Number One Gun will also be hitting the road after they complete the new album.

Number One Gun has already written and recorded a new song, Disappear, to give their fans a taste of the new music. This new song features Stephen Christian from Anberlin.

About Number One Gun
The members of the rock band hail from Chico, California. Beginning in 2002 with their self-released EP, they continued on through 2006 recording three full-length albums before the original members went their separate ways. In 2007, Jeff Schneeweis continued solo under the band moniker to release two additional projects. The new project will feature the original Number One Gun lineup.

2012-07-20


Merge PR
Hillsong Conference Changes The Face Of Ministry
Nashville, Tenn. (July 18, 2012), The annual Hillsong Conference, held earlier this month in Sydney, Australia, showed the world how ministry is changing. While more than 20,000 people packed Allphones Arena, the city largest indoor stadium, at least 100,000 others across the globe watched the live stream or from the new Hillsong App. It was the first time the conference was streamed across the web, and Hillsongs Reuben Morgan hailed it a great success.

Many people cannot afford to come to Australia, but the technology enabled them to experience the sense of worship and praise that those at the venue encountered, Morgan explained.

The conference featured songs from Hillsongs new worship album, Cornerstone, which set a record as the first Hillsong album to debut on all major mainstream music charts in the world. During the conference, the album peaked at No. 3 on the U.S. iTunes overall albums chart and No.1 in other countries. Cornerstone also debuted at No. 1 on both the Billboard Christian and Gospel albums and the Praise and Worship albums chart in addition to the Top 200 chart.

We never take this for granted and are always excited when projects that mean so much to us are embraced like this, shares Morgan.

However, he explained that success has a different meaning at Hillsong. When people watch the conference around the world, and when they sing these songs that declare Christ as the cornerstone of their lives; it demonstrates their passion to encounter a real and loving God. That is success.

Cornerstone also garnered acclaim from media outlets as it released. Here are a few highlights of what media have to say about the new live album.

A resource for worship leaders, Hillsongs various teams unite to offer a few songs that will span the globe, surrounded by others that will lead millions in personal worship and devotion.
- Worship Leader

Cornerstone is Hillsong at its finest.
- All About Worship

This collection is comprised of thought provoking lyrics, excellent instrumentation, and spot on vocals that make it both pleasing to the ear and the soul.
- Crosswalk

Hillsong LIVE will return to the U.S. this fall, kicking off The Hillsong LIVE Cornerstone Tour on September 12th in Boston, MA. Tickets go on sale for the 12 city tour on this Friday, July 20th. For more information click here. Dates are listed below.

Hillsong LIVE Cornerstone Tour
9/12 Boston, MA Agganis Arena
9/13 Baltimore, MD 1st Mariner Arena
9/14 Cincinnati, OH Bank of Kentucky Center
9/15 Charlotte, NC Bojangles Coliseum
9/17 Memphis, TN Bellevue Baptist Church
9/18 Birmingham, AL Boutwell Municipal Auditorium
9/20 Austin, TX Cedar Park Center
9/21 San Antonio, TX Freeman Coliseum
9/22 Tulsa, OK BOK Center
9/23 Wichita, KS Intrust Bank Arena
9/24 Kansas City, MO Independence Events Center
9/25 Denver, CO Wells Fargo Theatre

About Hillsong LIVE
Hillsong LIVE is the congregational expression of worship from Hillsong Church, a global church with a local influence. Their music captures the heart and sound of Hillsong Church globally and represents the coming together of the Hillsong worship team from around the world; including Reuben Morgan, Joel Houston and many more. Since 1992, Hillsong LIVE has resourced the local church and received gold and platinum album status multiple times, writing such well known worship songs as Shout To The Lord, Inside Out, Hosanna, The Stand and Mighty to Save, which was awarded the 2009 Dove for Worship Song of the Year. The Hillsong brands have sold more than 11 million albums.

About Hillsong Church
In August 1983, Brian and Bobbie Houston founded the Hills Christian Life Centre in the Hills District of Sydney, Australia. It has grown from a congregation of 45 to what is said to be the largest local church in Australian history. It has now expanded to be a global church with local expressions in significant cities; with churches in Australia, London, New York, Paris, Cape Town, Stockholm, Germany, Kiev, Amsterdam and Copenhagen. Each week, tens of thousands of people across the globe call Hillsong Church home and the reach, impact and influence of this local congregation is seen across many nations.

2012-07-19


Merge PR
Maria's Big House Of Hope Celebrates Three Year Anniversary
Nashville, Tenn (July 18, 2012), Show Hope is proud to announce that this month commemorates the three-year anniversary of Maria Big House of Hope. They have also reached another milestone as they celebrate the admission of the 500th child into their care, a one year old boy named Warren. Maria Big House of Hope is located in Luoyang, China, and welcomed Warren earlier this month. Warren complex heart condition is inoperable in China, but it is possible that it could be surgically corrected in the United States.

We ask for prayer that a family will be able to adopt sweet Warren so that he might be able to have the chance of surgery and the best that life can offer him, shares Dr. Joyce Hill, who oversees the Show Hope Special Care Centers.

Maria Big House of Hope, located in the Henan province, has provided care, love, and medical attention for 500 children with special needs. Within all three Special Care Centers located throughout the province, Show Hope has provided life giving care for more than 800 children.

Warren, as the 500th child to come into care at Maria Big House of Hope, signifies the hundreds and thousands of children we hope to care for in the coming years, thanks to the generous support of so many amazing donors and supporters, shares Scott Hasenbalg, Show Hope Executive Director. We have the amazing opportunity to watch miracles happen as children who had no hope become stronger, healthier and happier children. As more donors join this work, we hope to open even more Special Care Centers as soon as we are able.

More About Maria's Big House of Hope
Maria Big House of Hope (MBHOH) was named in loving memory of Maria Sue Chapman, the five year old daughter of Show Hope founders Steven Curtis Chapman and his wife Mary Beth. MBHOH provides the highest level of care for orphans with special needs, from newborn to age five. This quality care makes it possible for these children to thrive and increases the likelihood that they will be adopted. At 60,000 square feet and six stories tall, this medical care center is staffed by 248 nannies, nurses, and additional personnel who provide the daily care and medical attention these children desperately need.

During the course of three years, Maria Big House has also established a pre k/kindergarten classroom for the older children and a playground for all of the children to enjoy. The playground was funded by a private foundation that partners with organizations like Show Hope to create play spaces for children.

Many of the orphans cared for at Maria Big House have been placed into forever families. To date, more than 60 children have been adopted into loving forever families. An additional 30 children are currently matched and are awaiting travel to their new home or have been processed for adoption and are awaiting a match.

Maria Big House Of Hope has also welcomed numerous medical teams who have performed surgeries and physical therapy, volunteering their time and medical expertise. These teams have completed several cleft palate surgeries, as well as neurosurgical, dental, and orthopedic surgeries.

Along with Maria Big House of Hope, Show Hope also provides for orphans with special needs in China through two additional Special Care Centers located in Zhengzhou and Jiaozuo, both also in the Henan province. These two centers currently care for 80 children at a time, and have already served 300 children since opening. These special care centers operate inside the state run orphanages with the same quality care being provided at Maria Big House of Hope.

For further information about Show Hope and Maria's Big House of Hope, to read testimonies, watch videos of the children and to find out how you can help, please visit ShowHope.org.

2012-07-19


Merge PR
Gabriel Wilson Debuts The McGuire Side September 18th
July 18, 2012, After more than a decade of channeling his talents into a variety of eclectic musical pursuits, Gabriel Wilson, a producer, songwriter, touring artist and worship leader is debuting his solo effort, The McGuire Side, on September 18th. While Wilson has successfully managed the spirit of joining rock and roll with Scripture these past ten years, he has never been as personal, vulnerable and transparent as he is with The McGuire Side.

The songs found on this new project come from a painful, confusing yet ultimately redemptive time in Wilsons personal life. He shares, As these songs started to come together, I knew this was going to be a completely different, and somewhat unnerving, project for me.

Gabriel Wilson crafted one of the more popular mainstream club bands in the Pacific Northwest before an African mission trip changed his life. Helming The Rock & Roll Worship Circus, a multi-Dove Award nominated, glam and spiritually focused rock experience with songs designed for congregational worship inspired by The Rolling Stones, Big Star, Cheap Trick and The Who, The Worship Circus then evolved into his more ambient band, The Listening. During his career, Wilson has sold out clubs, headlined European festivals, toured with Delirious, and even became a staff worship pastor at a 3,000 member church in Folsom, California.

Enter The McGuire Side. Wilson was born Gabriel Solomon McGuire to young parents who divorced when he was just a toddler. Not seeing much of his birth father while growing up, Wilson recalls, My mom remarried a wonderful man and I took his name. He has been a fantastic dad and a close friend to me, but there was always a part of my life that was a question mark. There was an entire side of my identity I had never really embraced and experienced.

As a young adult he found out that through his biological father, Wilson was kin to some of the most influential and celebrated artists and songwriters in Gospel music history. His grandfather was a traveling minister, singer and songwriter who has had several Southern Gospel groups cover his songs, and Wilsons Uncle Donny and his wife Reba, along with Reba parents Buck and Dottie Rambo, were Grammy Award winning Southern Gospel legends. Here I was, this rock and roll kid up in Oregon with no idea at all where all of this music in me had come from, he explains.

Two years ago at the largely attended funeral for his biological grandfather, Wilson heard about his grandfathers life story, and even more so, learned about his own. Even though I had never known the McGuire side of my family, I had been giving my entire life to the same things all of the McGuires had: ministry and music. It all started making sense. For the first time in my life, I was proud to have been born a McGuire.

Wilson crafted The McGuire Side with all of his feelings of missed opportunities and abandonment, of hope and belonging into his own family tree. I started to see this story emerging, he adds. It was like a tapestry, with pieces from me, my dad and my grandfather. It was all about redemption, reconciliation, and embracing a lost family heritage.

The McGuire Side encompasses a unique country, blues, rock and gospel hybrid style, joined by its analog vibe, acoustic guitars, old tube amps, strings, drums, vintage organs, piano and raw vocals. In many ways, the project is something that could have been in his father and grandfather record collections from years ago, yet also feels right at home to stations playing music from The Decemeberists or Ryan Adams, for example.

Unlike many introspective concept albums, the personal nature of Wilsons songs on this collection is nearly universal in its tone and spirit. I know I am not the only one out there from a broken family, Wilson concludes. We all can identify with these feelings in one way or another. But I really wanted to explore this in a different way than I have heard before. Instead of focusing on the pain I really took it to a joyful, hopeful and healing place. I hope and pray this record will inspire reconciliation with fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, and beyond. And I hope that anyone dealing with feelings of loss or abandonment will hear that good old fashioned Gospel message here; God is real, His love is perfect and when we find our identity and peace in Him we can then extend grace and mercy to those around us, even as they extend the same to us.

Gabriel Wilson is releasing The McGuire Side independently and will be performing limited live appearances this summer and fall in support of its release. A limited run of deluxe 12 vinyl with extensive liner notes will also be available. He continues to work as a producer, an engineer, a songwriter and worship leader, and currently resides in Redding, California with his wife and daughters.

2012-07-18


Savvy Media Solutions
Behind the Songs on onething Live: Magnificent Obsession
Jon Thurlow, worship leader at the International House of Prayer in Kansas City, Mo., shares the inspiration behind Storm All Around You from the forthcoming Forerunner Music release onething LIVE: Magnificent Obsession, available July 24.

I remember the day Storm All Around You came together. I was leading worship at the International House of Prayer, and I started to feel distracted by some internal heart traffic. I felt the Lord saying, I care about your heart, and what you're feeling, but right now I want to do something corporate. Just play something simple and begin to sing about Me. I began to sing descriptions of the Father from the book of Revelation. I can remember the presence of the Lord coming into the room like an ocean wave. It was the weighty, sober, holy presence of God, and I knew a song was coming forth, Jon Thurlow.

To listen to an audio stream of Storm All Around You and for more information on onething LIVE: Magnificent Obsession, visit: www.ihopkc.org/onethinglive.

2012-07-17


Hoganson Media Relations
The Veggietales Live! God Made You Special Tour Has Extended
FRANKLIN, TN (July 16, 2012) -- Big Idea Entertainment, a leading studio and producer of childrens and family programming, characters and brands, announced today they will extend their highly successful VeggieTales Live! God Made You Special tour in over 45 major markets nationwide including Tulsa, Phoenix, Las Vegas, Tampa and more beginning September 13, 2012. For the current tour itinerary, ticket information and group sales, please visit VeggieTales.com/live.

Something has gone haywire at the Silly Song Warehouse - and one of the beloved VeggieTales silly songs is missing!! Join Bob, Larry, Junior and the whole gang as they attempt to solve the mystery of the Silly Song Bandit while singing and dancing to a truckload of silly songs! Featuring top Veggie fan favorites including The Hairbrush Song, God Is Bigger Than the Boogie Man, The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything, and many more, this high energy show will delight children and remind them that God made them special and loves them very much - no matter what!

The VeggieTales Live God Made You Special Tour is a big hit with families as they laugh, learn and sing along with the show, said Leslie Ferrell, General Manager of Big Idea Entertainment. We encourage you to come out and join the fun with the VeggieTales crew at a theater or church near you.

World Vision continues to partner with Big Idea Entertainment as a sponsor for the VeggieTales Live! God Made You Special tour. Through World Visions child sponsorship efforts, countless lives have changed for children and their whole communities by providing access to necessities like clean water, health care, education and much more.

About Big Idea Entertainment
Big Idea Entertainment is celebrating 20 years as a leading studio and producer of childrens and family programming, characters and brands. Big Ideas best-selling series VeggieTales is a one of the most recognized brands in the US with moms of pre-schoolers*. Since 1993, VeggieTales has sold 60+ million videos, 13 million books and more than 7 million CDs. VeggieTales and Big Ideas property, 3-2-1 Penguins!, enjoyed four seasons as top-rated series on NBC Saturday mornings, Telemundo and ION TV. The studio's two theatrical releases, Lionsgates Jonah-A VeggieTales Movie (2002), and Universal Pictures' The Pirates Who Dont Do Anything-A VeggieTales Movie (2008), are distinguished among the most successful faith-based films of all time. Big Idea also maintains an extensive presence in publishing, licensing and live entertainment arenas. For more information on Big Idea, visit: www.VeggieTales.com.

*Spring 2012 Q-Score

2012-07-16


Balcom Agency
Southwestern Seminary Opens Dead Sea Scrolls Exhibition
FORT WORTH, TEXAS July 2, 2012
Dead Sea Scrolls & the Bible: Ancient Artifacts, Timeless Treasures, an exhibition of rare Dead Sea Scroll fragments and other antiquities, opens today at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. The exhibition is the most comprehensive of its kind to appear in Texas and one of the largest ever presented in the United States.

More than a dozen of the fragments in the exhibition have been held in private collections until now and have never before been seen by the public, including a fragment of Genesis on loan from the Kando family of Bethlehem that is believed to be one of the largest fragments ever to go on display. Beginning today, visitors will be able to take advantage of this once in a lifetime opportunity to view 21 rare scroll fragments.

Named for the location where the first scrolls were discovered in Israel in 1947, the Dead Sea Scrolls are considered by many scholars to be the greatest manuscript discovery of modern times; they are 1,000 years older than the oldest complete Hebrew Bible known before their discovery. The exhibition, which will be on display until January 13, 2013, demonstrates how the Dead Sea Scrolls revolutionized the study of Christianity and Judaism. Portions of the biblical passages that will be on display include verses from Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy, 1 Kings, Nehemiah, the Psalms, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Daniel, Joel, Amos, and Jonah.

The Dead Sea Scrolls include the oldest biblical texts we know of. Texts that still influence millions of people all over the world, said Dr. Paige Patterson, president of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. As part of Southwestern Seminarys commitment to biblical, linguistic, and historical research, we are especially excited to show several of these fragments to the public for the first time. It is an incredible opportunity for visitors to learn about ancient history, archaeology and religion.

Housed in the seminarys MacGorman Performing Arts Center (4616 Stanley Avenue, Fort Worth, Texas, 76115), Dead Sea Scrolls & the Bible follows the journey of Scripture from the time Jesus walked the earth to modern day. The exhibition includes Dead Sea Scroll fragments, the rare Jeselsohn Stone (a sandstone tablet), the St. John Bible, part of a Gutenberg Bible from 1455, and a King James Bible from 1611, among other artifacts. Ancient coins and household objects demonstrate daily life of the time, and an archaeologist tent gives visitors a peek at the original Qumran excavation.

A variety of interactive features also accompany the exhibition, including:
A high-tech Scriptorium where visitors can study infrared photography of the scrolls.
A genuine Bedouin tent from Jordan.
The Qumran Simulated Dig Site, where, under the guidance of the seminarys Ph.D. archaeology students, visitors can learn how to excavate authentic 2,000 year old pot sherds provided by the Smithsonian Institute. Students are allowed to keep the sherds they find.

Tickets are on sale online, with adult admission starting at $25 and reduced costs for seniors, students and children. Exhibition hours are Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m., and Sunday from 1 p.m. until 7 p.m. For additional information about Dead Sea Scrolls & the Bible, or to buy tickets, visit SeeTheScrolls.com.

About Southwestern Seminary:
A world renowned institution dedicated to biblical and historical scholarship, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary exists to provide theological education for individuals engaging in Christian ministry. Since its founding, the seminary has trained and sent out more than 40,000 graduates to serve in local churches and mission fields around the world. In 1908, B.H. Carroll established the seminary on the campus of Baylor University. It was moved to its current location on Seminary Hill in Fort Worth in 1910 and was placed under the direction of the Southern Baptist Convention in 1925. Today, Southwestern Seminary is recognized as one of the largest seminaries in the world. For more information about the seminary, including its commitment to archaeological research and degree program offerings, visit swbts.edu.

2012-07-16


Bozeman Media
Centricity Music Offers Unique Opportunity For Film Enthusiasts
Nashville, TN (July 11, 2012) Centricity Music is offering fans and film enthusiasts the chance of a lifetime to create the official music video for Andrew Peterson's new single, Rest Easy. The entry information is listed below:

1. Contest rules and information are available at www.andrew-peterson.com
2. Initial entries need to be submitted July 9 to August 14, 2012
3. The top ten finalists will have their videos up for fan voting at Andrew Peterson's Facebook Fan Page, August 14 to 21, 2012
4. Winner will be selected on August 21st and the official music video will air on Peterson's YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter pages
5. Winner will also receive $1,000 and the top three finalists will receive $50.00. All ten finalists will receive a copy of Peterson's new album, Light for the Lost Boy.

Peterson's new project Light for the Lost Boy releases August 28th and the official album release concert with full band is September 21, 2012 at the third annual Hutchmoot event in Nashville. The event sold out in SEVEN MINUTES this year and registrants name badges will be their ticket to the concert. Only the show is open to the general public and tickets are available online at www.rabbitroom.com. Tickets are $12.00 and with the purchase of Peterson's new CD and concert ticket the cost is $18.00. The concert will be at Collins Alumni Auditorium on the Lipscomb University campus and starts at 7:30 pm.

2012-07-13


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