Winter Jam 2007 Tour Spectacular Boasts Strongest Line-up Yet
Christian music’s biggest annual tour shows its muscle in 2007 with its strongest line-up yet. With more than 14 million albums sold among them, the Winter Jam 2007 Tour Spectacular (www.jamtour.com) will be hosted for the 12th straight year by NewSong and feature headliners Steven Curtis Chapman and Jeremy Camp, announced Troy VanLiere, partner in VanLiere-Wilcox, and producer for Winter Jam.

Joining the 34-city tour will be special guests Hawk Nelson, Sanctus Real, new artist Britt Nicole, Speaker Tony Nolan, Presidential impersonator and comedian John Morgan and the breathtaking, fire breathing Andre the Hollywood Cowboy. Winter Jam 2007 Tour Spectacular launches on January 12, 2007 in Tri-Cities, Tenn. and runs through March 13 in Charlotte, N.C., stopping in 17 states along the tour route.

“Winter Jam will be the ultimate jam session with amazing artists like Steven Curtis Chapman and Jeremy Camp headlining the show,” said Eddie Carswell, founding member of NewSong. “I can think of no more rewarding way to kick-off 2007 than being part of such a phenomenal, entertaining and inspiring concert experience. It is exciting to have a roster of artists that share in the big spiritual vision we have for this tour.”

The tour schedule is:

January 12 Johnson City, TN Freedom Hall Civic Ctr.
January 13 Louisville, KY Broadbent Arena
January 14 Southaven, MS DeSoto Civic Center
January 19 Tampa, FL Sun Dome (USF)
January 20 Ft. Myers, FL Germain Arena
January 21 Orlando, FL TD Waterhouse Centre
January 26 Columbus, OH Schottenstein Arena
January 27 Cleveland, OH Wolstein Center at CSU
January 28 St. Charles, MO Family Arena
Feb. 1 Saginaw, MI Dow Event Center
Feb. 2 Ft. Wayne, MI Allen Country War Memorial Coliseum
Feb. 3 Cincinnati, OH Cincinnati Gardens
Feb. 8 Augusta, GA James Brown Arena
Feb. 9 Birmingham, AL BJCC Arena
Feb. 10 Mobile, AL Mitchell Center
Feb. 11 Tupelo, MS BancorpSouth Arena
Feb. 15 Roanoke, VA Roanoke Civic Center
Feb. 16 Greenville, SC Bi-Lo Center
Feb. 17 Greensboro, NC Greensboro Coliseum
Feb. 18 Norfolk, VA Constant Convocation Center
Feb. 23 Columbia, SC Colonial Center
Feb. 24 Knoxville, TN Thompson-Boling Arena
Feb. 25 Nashville TN Nashville Municipal Auditorium
March 1 Tyler, TX Oil Palace
March 2 Norman, OK Lloyd Noble Center
March 3 Wichita, KS Charles Koch Arena
March 4 Colorado, CO Colorado Springs World Arena
March 9 Tulsa, OK Mabee Center Arena
March 10 Houston, TX Cynthia Woods Pavilion
March 11 Little Rock, AR Barton Coliseum
March 16 Chattanooga, TN UTC McKenzie Arena
March 17 Valdosta, GA Wild Adventures Theme Park
March 18 Charlotte, NC Cricket Arena

Chapman, headlining Winter Jam for the first time, commented: “I admire the ministry focus that NewSong has had with Winter Jam over the last decade with this annual tour, and am honored I get to be a part of it this year. I am also looking forward to sharing the stage with Jeremy Camp, whose music and ministry I have so much respect for,” said Chapman, adding: “And words can’t express how excited I am about the guys I’ll have backing me up on Winter Jam. They are two of my favorite musicians in the world and also happen to be my sons Caleb and Will. Their band, The Following, is going to be my back-up band and in my very unbiased opinion are excellent musicians!”

Added Camp, “The reason why I am involved and excited about Winter Jam 07 is because I have heard about the incredible ministry that has taken place through Winter Jam in the past. This tour is going to be filled with many amazing nights with great artists that share the same heart.”

A quarter million fans put Winter Jam’s 2006 Tour Spectacular in Pollstar’s First Quarter top-ten rankings of its annual World Top 100 Tours. According to VanLiere, they believe the 2007 show will bring out as many if not more music fans. “Winter Jam 2007, like its predecessors, is always one of Christian music’s hottest draws because of its wide-range offering of music and entertainment that appeals to virtually every age group, and is always a success with families and youth groups because of its affordable $10 at-the-door admission price.”

“Virtually no other tour offers the quality of artists and production at such a reasonable price,” adds the tour’s promoter Roy Morgan of Premier Productions. “As a result Winter Jam has continued to grow in markets and venue size and with terrific headliners like Steven Curtis Chapman and Jeremy Camp and a total entertainment package, there’s no reason to believe that Winter Jam won’t continue its success.”

Taking this year’s tour to the next level involved a bold new step for the organizers. “One of this year’s most exciting developments is the addition of a number of strong tour sponsors that share in our vision for the tour and recognize the value and synergy that the Winter Jam brand lends to their products and services,” states VanLiere. This year’s sponsors include:

Holt International. At each tour stop, the charitable organization will promote its “Waiting Child Program,” a monthly sponsorship program that brings sustaining hope and support to orphaned, abandoned or vulnerable children awaiting full-time adoptions.

ZAP. ZAP is the world leader in advanced transportation including electric, fuel cell and hybrid cars, along with electric bicycles and scooters. ZAP is providing a ZAPPY3 scooter to give away at each tour stop and one Xebra Electric Car wrapped with the Winter Jam “Rock Angel” logo to one lucky Grand Prize winner.

Gospel Music Channel. The Gospel Music Channel is the first 24-hour, all music entertainment network devoted to the uplifting, inspiring and diverse music that is Gospel. GMC will be providing video content for the tour.

Additional sponsors for Winter Jam 2007 include Wayne E. Bailey Produce, HearItFirst.com, Tennessee Temple University, Convoy of Hope and Walden Media’s new feature film “Amazing Grace” in theaters February 23rd, 2007.

About the Winter Jam 2007 line-up:
NewSong (www.newsongonline.com). Dove Award-winning and GRAMMY nominee NewSong is currently on the road for its Psalm 40 tour featuring Nate Sallie. NewSong has recorded 17 albums featuring 19 No. 1 singles including such signature songs as “Arise My Love,” “Can’t Keep A Good Man Down,” “Red Letter Day,” and the recent singles “Psalm 40” and “Rescue.” Their holiday anthem, “The Christmas Shoes,” became a #1 mainstream radio hit, and inspired a New York Times-bestselling book and CBS Movie of the Week. The album of the same name was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album in 2003.

Steven Curtis Chapman (www.stevencurtischapman.com). Steven Curtis Chapman is gospel music’s most honored artist with 15 albums, more than 10 million records sold, 44 No. 1 radio hits, five GRAMMY awards, an American Music Award and 50 Dove Awards (more than any other artist to date). The most recent studio project, All Things New (2004), earned Chapman his fifth GRAMMY award with songs reflecting themes of renewal. On the All Things New tour, Chapman’s most successful tour ever, he visited 72 cities and played to nearly 350,000 fans, raising more than two million dollars for the Shaohannah’s Hope Foundation. Most recently, Chapman returned from his groundbreaking international tour where he performed for more than 60,000 in Australia, New Zealand, China, Philippines, Hong Kong, South Korea and Singapore. This fall, Chapman is in the studio working on his upcoming studio project set to release in 2007.

Jeremy Camp (www.jeremycamp.com). From sales to radio and from media to touring, Jeremy Camp is continuing to make a definitive mark in the industry with his hit songs and ability to capture audiences of all ages. Being named “Songwriter of the Year” in 2006, and awarded in 2005 and 2006 for “Song of the Year”, at the 28th Annual ASCAP Christian Music Awards, Camp has marked his place in the Christian Music Industry. With an amazing nine No. 1 back to back radio hits under his belt, Camp has graced the covers of Pollstar, CCM, Breakaway and Christian Music Planet, and has also garnered praise from such publications as Billboard, CCM, CRW and R&R, and CCM named him 2005’s Reader’s Choice for Favorite Artist and Favorite Male Artist. His latest project is BEYOND MEASURE, and in addition to being a best seller, has already spawned two radio hits.

Hawk Nelson (www.hawknelson.com). This Canadian powerhouse, punk foursome has won the hearts of fans and media nationwide since their debut in 2004 with Letters to the President. Since their national debut, HAWK NELSON has appeared on “American Dreams,” had a cameo appearance in the hit Nickelodeon film “Yours, Mine, & Ours,” where they played their original song “Bring Em Out,” as well as had their songs featured on NBC’s 2006 Stanley Cup promo spots, “Smallville” and “Summerland”. Last spring, Hawk Nelson released their sophomore release, Smile, It’s The End Of The World, debuting on the Billboard Top 200 and landing on the cover of Breakaway and CCM (Voted Favorite New Band) and in Teen, Tiger Beat, Popstar, Seventeen.com and Alloy.com.

Sanctus Real (www.sanctusreal.com). R&R’s most played Christian rock band of 2004 and recipient of 2005’s Dove Award for Modern Rock Album, Sanctus Real released its third studio album, The Face of Love last spring to wide critical acclaim. Inspired by real-life heartache and rediscovered joy, the emotions behind each track on The Face of Love are vulnerable and undisguised, making this album the band’s most accessible project of their career and exhibiting the band’s progression both musically and lyrically. The album features the No. 1 hit and first MTV video, “I’m Not Alright,” the multi-format hit, “The Face of Love,” and “Don’t Give Up.” Sanctus Real is also popularly known for its captivating live performances and for its work with charities like African Leadership.

Britt Nicole (www.myspace.com/brittnicolemusic). Hope and restoration best describe the ministry; can’t-sit-still Rock-infused Pop describes the music. The artist is newcomer Britt Nicole. Her heart for this generation resonates with her edgy sound but timeless message. Her infectious pop melodies will draw you in and her lyrics will speak to your heart. Nicole’s Sparrow Records debut is packed with Natasha Bedingfield and Gwen Stefani-like anthems brought to life by the singer's satisfyingly soulful vocals. The 2007 release aims to nurture and minister to everyone who may be discouraged or brokenhearted and in need of new day.

Tony Nolan (www.tonynolan.org). Evangelist, Speaker and Author Tony Nolan travels the country sharing the good news though radio, television, state evangelism conferences, national Christian festivals, Christian concerts and church events. Tony’s passion is “helping people get it about God’s great love and salvation!” He recently served as Tour Pastor and Gospel Communicator for Casting Crown’s Lifesong Tour. The tour covered America visiting over 87 cities and seeing over 43,000 people make public professions of faith in Christ!

John Morgan (www.georgebushimpersonator.com). Presidential impersonator John Morgan travels as "the face" of the President of the United States, entertaining thousands of astonished people as he imitates Pres. George W. Bush at general market and faith-based corporate, private and benefit events around the world. A devout Christian, Morgan performed at President Bush’s 2005 Inauguration in Washington, D.C., and since then has shared the stage with such political pundits as Sean Hannity, Neal Boortz and James Carville, as well as former Attorney General John Ashcroft. His television appearances include ABC’s "The View," NBC’s "Today Show," Fox News' "Dayside," The WB’s "The Daily Buzz," "The 37th Annual GMA Music Awards" and CBN’s "The 700 Club."

Andre the Hollywood Cowboy: You’ll be amazed by the heart-stopping entertainment of Andre. As a Christian, he has toured extensively with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey for years and his thrilling fire spitting act is something you won’t want to miss!

2006-11-15 - Spinhouse PR

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