Friday, December 14, 2007
Coming March 4th, 2008 is Fireflight's much anticipated sophomore project "Unbreakable". The band made news recently when their title track single "Unbreakable" was featured in a promo video for the new Bionic Woman show.
The single is now available for purchase at iTunes:
And the full album is also available for pre-order at Amazon.com:
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Every year Inpop releases a digital album that's free for fans because ... well, because they're cool apparently. :)
This year's lineup includes songs from Newsboys, Superchic[k], Article One, Newworldson, Everyday Sunday, and more! Click here to get your free copy. Looks like all that's required is entering your e-mail address and telling them where you heard about it.
January 17-February 28, 2008 - the heartsupport tour - featuring music by: Family Force 5, Falling Up, Spoken, & This Beautiful Republic plus videos, a speaking session by Jon Bell and a special "Your Story video booth" all on this tour.
Visit FF5's myspace page for more info.
Please check local listings to determine your local time and channel for The 700 Club.
Read our review of Stand here.
Friday, December 7, 2007
Newworldson will showcase its kinetic fusion of North American roots music on the band’s Inpop Records debut, Salvation Station, in stores Feb. 12, 2008. Produced by Newworldson alongside Justin Koop (Billy Talent, Silverstein), Salvation Station features an 11-song blend of energetic pop, soul and gospel.
“It’s difficult to classify our sound because we draw from different genres, but really, our foundation is soul music,” says keyboardist/vocalist Joel Parisien. “And soul music definitely has sacred roots. So, we want to return this familiar music to its sacred roots, all the while leading people to a place of praise, release, revival and worship.”
And revival permeates Salvation Station, beginning with the title track’s driving beat which then gives way to the steady pulse of “Working Man.” The album also makes room for introspective songs like “Sweet Holy Spirit” and “Waitin’ Till the Rapture Comes.”
“This project is like a child of the new world,” notes Parisien. “It really couldn’t have come from anywhere else, because the mix of styles, the whole history of gospel and blues becoming jazz, rock and hip-hop, that cultural experience happened here in the New World.”
Newworldson won fans this fall opening on labelmate newsboys’ highly successful “GO” tour. The band will again join newsboys for a spring leg, kicking off in February. Additional details are forthcoming.
Newworldson comprises Parisien, drummer Mark Rogers, bassist Rich Moore and guitarist/vocalist Josh Toal, four musicians who came together at a jazz club playing gospel music. The debut radio single “Salvation Station” is currently being played at Christian Adult Contemporary and Christian Hit Radio. For more information on Newworldson, visit www.newworldson.com or www.myspace.com/newworldson.
Thursday, December 6, 2007
Award-winning youth group rock band Stellar Kart inspires listeners to strive for greatness, taking comfort in God’s enduring faithfulness, on its third studio album, Expect The Impossible, releasing Feb. 26, 2008.
Produced by Ian Eskelin (Krystal Meyers, All Star United), who additionally co-wrote alongside lead singer Adam Agee on eight of the album’’s 11 tracks, Expect The Impossible is more sonically diverse than the band’’s previous projects, intended to connect with a wider audience.
“Sonically, we wanted to shoot for a broader sound,” says Eskelin. “Stellar Kart has never been afraid to challenge the current trend, so we decided to incorporate some new elements. This album will please the band’’s die-hard punk fans while offering something to straight-up pop and rock lovers as well. The goal is to meet listeners where they are, driving an emotional connection to the music.”
Among the project’s recurring themes is that of striving to achieve one’s best self in Christ. For instance, “Shine Like The Stars” calls believers to emanate God’s light in all circumstances, while “I Give Up” reflects the need for complete submission to Him. Also prevalent is the message of God’’s faithfulness to those who love Him. “Sunshine” likens God to sunshine on a rainy day, and “Pray” urges listeners to “hold on to the promise that help is on the way.”
“We talk with kids after concerts and are always hearing from youth leaders about the issues facing teens today,” says frontman Agee. “We wanted to write songs that would address such topics and encourage kids to expect God to work in their daily lives.”
The record’s debut single, “Jesus Loves You” will be going for adds at both Christian Adult Contemporary and Christian Hit Radio Jan. 4, 2008. Additionally, Stellar Kart will kick off its annual “Punk the Halls” tour in late November, playing 25 dates in 27 days, while continuing as a headlining artist at Acquire the Fire events nationwide. For additional information, visit www.stellarkart.com or www.myspace.com/stellarkart.
(NASHVILLE, TENN.) -- Carried Away has recorded a new song, "Snow Falls," for the Christmas season, which is available now as a free download at the all-new Carried Away Insiders (C.A.I.) fansite (www.insiders.carriedaway.ca). The song will also be available at iTunes on December 3rd, and is currently receiving airplay on both mainstream and Christian radio stations throughout North America.
To coincide with the release of "Snow Falls," Carried Away has released an interactive music video which can be found exclusively at the Carried Away Insiders fansite (www.insiders.carriedaway.ca). There is no cost to become a Carried Away Insider, and the interactive website hosts exclusive song downloads, journals, contests and more - all free!
"Christmas is 'the most wonderful time of the year,' but for a lot of people, it can also be sad, lonely and one of the most challenging times," explains Carried Away's Colleen Walker. "We wrote this song to let people know that even though they may not be feeling the 'Christmas Spirit' that God is there for them. That's really our Christmas message: although life isn't perfect and is sometimes downright hard, God sent Jesus to redeem all situations."
"Snow has been often compared to God's Spirit because it covers all with pure white," adds group member Christine Prankard. "We wanted this song to remind people that no matter what's going on in their life, God's love and mercy can cover all. Jesus is here for them when they're figuring out their credit card debt, arguing with their families over the 'right way' to do Christmas or fighting loneliness."
"Ultimately, we wanted to put a smile on people's faces this year," says the trio's Pam Walker. "Regardless of the the crazyness of the season, we hope that people will take a break and have fun with the interactive music video and the fansite. It might just bring a little bit of happiness to their Christmas season."
The Canadian trio has been busy this fall promoting theirs sophomore album, I Want You, which released in August. Sisters Colleen and Pam Walker and their cousin Christine Prankard have been on a North American tour this fall with JUMP5, one of Christian music's most successful pop acts. The girls have had little down time, adding additional headlining dates to a non-stop promotional schedule that has included numerous radio stops at Christian radio stations around the country, Radio Disney and the nationally syndicated program, The Coconut Hut Radio Show. Additionally, they've made national television appearances on Live From Studio B, JCTV, Teen Girl TV, The Jim Bakker Show, The Dino Show, 100 Huntley Street, deeperLiving, 7 Minutes, Bridges, Top 3, ReachOUT TV, Control Track, as well as regional programs such as Positively Arkansas (Little Rock's CBS affiliate), Live at 9 (Memphis' CBS affiliate), Good Morning Arkansas (Little Rock's ABC affiliate) and The Morning Show (Tupelo's NBC affiliate).
In addition to their heavy tour and promotion schedule, the girls have graced the covers of In the Times Magazine (September) and the current issue of Focus on the Family's BRIO Magazine (December), as well as a three-page September feature in Beautiful One Magazine. Christian music fans have encountered online promotions at HearItFirst.com, Shoutlife.com and NewReleaseTuesday.com, the latter of which hosted an exclusive podcast, and coverage by such nationally recognized publications as Power Source, Teen Trend, Living with Teenagers and Journal of Student Ministries.
For more information on Carried Away, please visit the official website at www.carriedaway.ca.
Read our interview with Carried Away here.
Read our review of I Want You here.
Monday, December 3, 2007
Update: Merely three days after a vehicle accident that completely destroyed the band’s van and trailer, rockers Red are back on the road, heading to its concert at the Sokol Auditorium in Omaha, Nebr. with Seether. Beyond some bumps and bruises, the band did not suffer any major injuries. All five members of Red are extremely thankful for all of the prayers and support during this time.
Second update: Randy recently spoke up about the accident in a MySpace page bulletin:
Just wanted to fill you all in on the latest. Since the news of the accident, emails and phone calls came pouring in so thank you all for your overwhelming support. We have recieved over 2000 emails so we will not be able to reply to them all but know that we will at least read them all.
I will not even begin to go into detail about our injuries because Kelly is the most important thing right now. We are banged up but Kelly will be off his feet for at least a month, maybe 2. He is in OK at a burn center. We talk to him every day and it has been difficult so far to carry on a converstion with him because of his pain medication, but he assures us that he is ok and he is in great spirits. He just wants to heal and get back to doing what he loves.
Alot of people want to know "what kind of band RED is" We are a group of guys that beileve in something bigger than all of us...someone who reveals himself to us in sometimes the most extreme ways...God. If that concerns you, we can't apologize. We believe that it is he that allows us the life experiences that we all learn from and cherish enough to write songs about. Songs that will encourage others to get out of their own situations and find hope. It is supposed to be about the music!
What have we learned??? We have learned that life can be given and taken in a second. Life is a gift to be cherished with friends and family and we cant spend our time here hating and judging each other. Inspiring others to do something good is our business and you guys are our family out on the road. Gear is replaceable but people are not and when something really bad happens, our friends and family are who we call first.
SOMETHING GOOD ALWAYS COMES FROM SOMETHING BAD...AND THIS TOO SHALL PASS...
**Be sure to visit the band's MySpace page to watch a video about the accident, including footage from the scene.**
Read our interview with Red here.
(NASHVILLE, TENN.) -- In celebration of the Christmas season, Flagship Records pop-country duo CO3 has recorded a Christmas single, "Away In A Manger Medley," which will be available on December 1st at iTunes as well as through SNOCAP on their official MySpace page (www.myspace.com/CO3music). The song has also been released to Christian radio by Wendell Gafford at Creative Promotions, and it's going for immediate adds.
Buy the medley at iTunes by clicking below:
"This started out as just an idea about trying to do the song 'Away in a Manger' in a fresh and different way, something that would be unique and in our style," says CO3's Chad Little. "We sat down with the guitar and I started just playing that percussive rhythm. It really just kind of fell into place with the lyric. So we decided to mix it up with some other notable Christmas songs and that's when the chorus from 'O Come All Ye Faithful' jumped right out at us. Tagging the whole song with 'Noel' just felt right. Lyrically, to end with those words, 'born is the King of Israel,' really hammers home the Christmas message."
The Arkansas-based duo comprised of vocalist/guitarist Chad Little and vocalist/bassist/keyboardist Dave Romero has been making an impact on Christian music fans around the world, by blending remarkably rich harmonies and powerful production on their debut CD, Determined, which is in stores now. Produced by Rick Lloyd (Third Day), the album offers up twelve tracks of hope and encouragement, filled with rich harmonies and a pop-country edge reminiscent of Rascal Flatts and Carrie Underwood. And it's not much of a surprise that the duo's music often draws an immediate comparison to Carrie Underwood's pop-tinged hits, since Little spent a considerable amount of time in the American Idol winner's band, serving as lead guitarist, band leader and songwriter.
Read our interview with Krystal here.
(NASHVILLE, TENN.) -- Slanted Records group JUMP5 received a special visit from former Earth, Wind & Fire lead vocalist and lead guitarist Sheldon Reynolds at the Los Angeles area stop of their current North American tour. When the group hit Saint Paschal in Thousand Oaks, California on November 14th, they were joined on stage by Reynolds, who performed the hit Earth, Wind & Fire classic "Shining Star" with JUMP5, who had a hit of their own with the song, which they covered on their 2003 release, Accelerate (Sparrow Records/EMI).
"It was an unbelievable experience," says JUMP5's Brandon Hargest. "That moment will stick with me throughout my musical career."
"It was completely unreal to be on stage with a legend," says JUMP5's Lesley Moore. "The whole time he was up there with us my jaw was on the ground. It was definitely something I will remember forever!"
Adds JUMP5's Chris Fedun, "I am honored to say I shared the stage with such an icon!"
Reynolds is most widely known for his 14 year tenure with the legendary Earth, Wind & Fire. During that era, the group received an Image Award for Lifetime Achievement, and Reynolds was nominated for a Grammy Award for the popular song "Sunday Morning," which Reynolds wrote and recorded with Earth, Wind & Fire.
Reynolds left the group to join Experience Hendrix, the family company of Jimi Hendrix, realizing yet another lifelong dream of being involved in the musical legacy of one of the greatest guitarists of all time. Reynolds has also worked as a writer and performer with a number of other well-known artists, such as the Pointer Sisters, Stephanie Mills, Chicago, The Commodores and Paula Abdul. Reynolds' vocal work includes the musical soundtrack from the motion picture Glory, as well as theme music for the hit TV shows Who's the Boss? and Chicago Hope.
In 2004, Reynolds produced the talent-packed CD, Power of Soul: A Tribute to Jimi Hendrix, which includes performances from such major artists as Prince, Lenny Kravitz, Musiq, Carlos Santana, Robert Randolph & The Family Band, Sting, Chaka Khan, Earth, Wind & Fire and many others. He is currently producing the debut album from Victoria White, who recently signed to the Maurice White-owned record label Kalimba. Reynolds and White are both currently touring with jazz great Brian Culbertson's A Soulful Christmas tour. For more information, visit www.sheldonreynolds.com.
JUMP5's new holiday album, Christmas Like This, is available for only $7.99 exclusively through all major digital outlets including iTunes and Rhapsody. Digital distribution for Christmas Like This is through EMI CMG Distribution. The group's official "farewell" album, Hello & Goodbye, was released in October, and they are currently in the middle of a 30+ city North American tour, which kicked off September 7th and runs through the end of the year. The Hello & Goodbye Tour is sponsored by Kingdom Kidz Club and Shoutlife.com, and features performances by Jessie Daniels, Cali, Carried Away, pureNRG, Sammy Ward and Monet (in select cities).
Click link below to order the album from iTunes:
Sponsored by the Gospel Music Channel, the Tour will stop in Los Angeles; San Francisco; Cincinnati; Phoenix; Memphis, Tennessee; Albuquerque, New Mexico; Murfreesboro, Tennessee; and Baton Rouge, Louisiana, among other cities, before concluding December 22.
Natalie Grant – A Christmas To Believe In Tour schedule:
December 2 Kinston, NC (with Aaron Shust and Daniel Kirkley)
December 6 Baton Rouge, LA (with Aaron Shust and Daniel Kirkley)
December 7 Memphis, TN (with Aaron Shust and Daniel Kirkley)
December 8 Cincinnati, OH (with Aaron Shust and Daniel Kirkley)
December 9, 10 Murfreesboro, TN (with Daniel Kirkley)
December 13 Phoenix, AZ (with Daniel Kirkley)
December 14 Los Angeles, CA (with Daniel Kirkley)
December 15 Orange County, CA (with Daniel Kirkley)
December 16 Bakersfield, CA (with Daniel Kirkley)
December 17 San Francisco, CA (with Mandisa and Daniel Kirkley)
December 18 Albuquerque, NM (with Mandisa and Daniel Kirkley)
December 20 Coos Bay, OR (with Mandisa and Daniel Kirkley)
December 21 Bend, OR (with Mandisa and Daniel Kirkley)
December 22 Longview, WA (with Mandisa and Daniel Kirkley)
For more info visit Natalie's website here.
Four-time Dove Award-nominated progressive rock band, Leeland, has announced the February 26, 2008 release of its second studio album, Opposite Way (Essential Records). Opposite Way was produced by Matt Bronleewe (Michael W. Smith, Natalie Imbruglia), mixed by Ben Grosse (Ben Folds, Red Hot Chili Peppers) and was recorded in Nashville, Tennessee at Smoak Stack Studios and Pentavarit Studios. “I’ve never seen a band with as much raw energy and God-given talent as Leeland,” shares Opposite Wayproducer, Matt Bronleewe. “Leeland is the kind of band you dream about working with: the guys are innocently passionate about their message, and intensely persuasive in their delivery. In every sense, their new album Opposite Way is the direction music needs to be going in.”
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
“We love what we get to do!” shares Pillar lead man, Rob Beckley. “We get to say that we play rock ‘n roll for a living. We get to see lives changed. We have a renewed love and focus. With that in mind, making For the Love of the Game was very fun, and very fluent; it just came out. We went into the studio knowing what the album was going to be called and we were able to carry the vision through. We wanted to have a positive, bright, fun sounding record. That was our intent from the beginning. We trust that as people hear this record, God will use it to change lives. That’’s the ultimate fuel for our fire. When someone tells us, ‘‘your music changed my marriage, or brought me closer to God,’ that’s when we know God is using our music, and that’’s what it’s all about to us.”
One track on For the Love of the Game that Pillar is particularly proud of is “Turn It Up.” “It’s a tribute to Christian music,” Rob explains. “Every lyric in that song is an album title or song title from another Christian band, with the exception of two lines. All in all, there are 34 bands represented in that song; bands whose songs have influenced us and impacted us. In preparation for writing and recording For the Love of the Game, I listened to a whole lot of Christian music. Prior to Pillar, I didn’t know the Christian music world existed. Over the last year, I’ve fully come to understand just how well the Christian music world is established. In today’’s music market, Christian bands are starting to set musical standards. Bands like Underoath, for example, are really making a huge impact on the music scene, and that is really cool to me. I want people to know that we are a Christian band. We are proud of who we are!”
The ten-track project comprises the following: “For the Love of the Game,” “Turn It Up,” “Reckless Youth,” “State of Emergency,” “Smiling Down,” “The Runaway,” “Throwdown,” “Get Back,” “I Fade Away,” and “Forever Starts Now.”
Read out interview with Pillar here to learn more about the album.
Read out review of The Reckoning here.
Soles4Souls staff was on hand to fit each student of the Tennessee School for the Blind (115 Stewarts Ferry Pike, Nashville) with their new pairs of shoes. This is part of a month-long series of donations that will include 25 locations across the U.S. with over 25,000 pairs of new shoes to be given to those in need during this Holiday season.
23-year old Stephanie Smith is already turning heads with an early introduction to her forthcoming debut album Not Afraid by Stephanie Smith, slated for an early 2008 street date. At radio, the first two singles “Superstar” and “Not Afraid” are gaining momentum with growing support weekly. “Superstar” is also available online at the iTunes store. Fans can download the song for $.99 by clicking the link below.
Smith, who has a passion for reaching the youth culture, is also actively involved with the Pure Freedom conferences (www.purefreedom.com) and the Secret Keeper Girl Tours, founded by top-selling youth author Dannah Gresh (And The Bride Wore White/Moody).
"This is such an exciting time in my life; I don't want to take that for granted,” asserts Smith who will be partnering with Soles4Souls through her live concert ticket sales and merchandise sales.
Friday, November 16, 2007
The band members recently shot a video for the song featuring scenes from the Bionic Woman show. Watch the video here and be sure to rate and comment on it.
Read our interview with Fireflight here.
Read our review of their debut album here.
Click logo below to purchase the song "Unbreakable" at iTunes.
See pics of the band performing live and read a concert review here.
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Kicking-off November 27 in Bolivar, Missouri, “The Christmas Promise Tour” is slated to hit 18 cities, including stops in Cincinnati; Norfolk, Nebraska; and West Columbia, South Carolina, before concluding December 20 in Champaign, Illinois.
NewSong will present selections from their best-selling recordings The Christmas Shoes and The Christmas Hope, highlighted by a performance of the group’’s #1 mainstream radio hit, “The Christmas Shoes,” which spawned a best-selling novel by Donna VanLiere and a CBS Movie of the Week. In addition to sets from each artist, NewSong, Matthew West and Britt Nicole will perform several songs together.
Agnew’s musical, “Do You See What I See?” will be featured in the second half of the concert. A retelling of the Christmas story with the singer/songwriter’s original compositions and dialogue, the musical offers personal perspectives from eyewitnesses to Christ’s birth. In addition to Agnew, the cast of “Do You See What I See?” will include NewSong’s Nate Sallie and Billy Goodwin; Matthew West; and Britt Nicole.
For additional information on “The Christmas Promise Tour,” visit www.newsongonline.com, www.toddagnew.com, www.itickets.com, or contact the Greg Oliver Agency via www.goa-inc.com or Turning Point Media Relations, Inc. at 615-261-1818.
“The Christmas Promise Tour”
November 27 Bolivar, MO
November 28 St. Charles, MO
November 29 Cincinnati, OH
November 30 Kinston, NC
December 1 Whiteville, NC
December 2, 3 Concord, NC
December 5 Pascagoula, MS
December 6 Anniston, AL
December 7 Brookhaven, MS (without Todd Agnew)
December 8 Amite, LA
December 9 Pearland, TX
December 10 Brenham, TX
December 14 Moultrie, GA
December 15 Mars Hill, NC
December 16 West Columbia, SC
December 18 Oconomowoc, WI
December 19 Norfolk, NE
December 20 Champaign, IL
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
In addition to appearing on the NBC Universal television platforms, Universal Pictures will run the “Green Is Universal” PSA as post-roll on its online trailers during the programming week and as ads in theater lobbies.
The PSA can be viewed online at www.inpop.com/video/Superchick/SuperchickGreenPSAtv.mov. The “Green Is Universal” website will be live soon at www.GreenIsUniversal.com.
Originally from Cleveland, Tenn., Richardson and his wife Amy currently reside in Orlando, Fla. where he is a member of the Disney groups Voices of Liberty and Four for a Dollar. He has toured singing and leading worship all over the United States, Jamaica, Bermuda and Israel. His voice can be heard on numerous recordings by Tribe Studios, Jeff Arthur Productions, WiseGuys Productions, Walt Disney Studios, Word Music, Brentwood-Benson, SpiritSound Music, and Integrity Music.
“I have been a longtime fan of Avalon,” says Richardson. “I first saw the group on tour with Crystal Lewis my sophomore year of college. It was that same evening I made the decision to pursue a singing career. I am so honored to be part of the group and look forward to what the future holds for Avalon.”
And in the very near future Avalon will release its latest music offering, Another Time, Another Place: Timeless Christian Classics, a collection of contemporary Christian music’s most beloved songs. Paying tribute to CCM legends including Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith, Twila Paris, Steven Curtis Chapman, and Crystal Lewis, among others, the record celebrates those songs which not only have influenced the genre itself but also Avalon and its more than decade-long career.
“These are songs that first made us want to do what we’re doing today,” says Greg Long of Avalon. “So many of these artists impacted us in a memorable way from before we began performing as a group until today.”
Beginning Nov. 13, a three-song preview EP featuring “Another Time, Another Place,” “God Is In Control” and “Thy Word” will be available on iTunes and other digital music outlets. The album’s single, “Another Time, Another Place,” went for ads at Christian Adult Contemporary radio on Nov. 2. The group is also planning a major tour to launch spring 2008. Additional details are forthcoming.
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
"The treat is located in a brand new free members-only section called The Living Room. On top of that The Living Room will feature band blogs, galleries, videos with more features being added weekly. All that it takes to get in the room is a simple registration, once that's taken care of members will be right at home.
To get access to the free download go here: http://www.delirious.co.uk/livingroom"
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
Friday, November 2, 2007
"This summer, Matt Thiessen and I began to write a song specifically for our fall tour, the "Appetite for Construction” tour where a dollar from each ticket sold will go to Habitat for Humanity. The song, (written with Habitat in mind) was called "Rebuild." Afterwards, we said our goodbyes and both bands parted ways and drove on down the road. Hours later his bus burned down. After the flames died down, the song and the tour had a much deeper meaning...
"So we came up with this idea, more than just giving a dollar a ticket this tour we've decided to give a song away. We love giving things away whenever we can, our hope is that you do too.
"Download the song, "rebuild" and give your money or your time directly to Habitat for Humanity. That way you don't need to even live in california, you can still help in your own backyard. If you've got extra cash, cool. If not, donate your time instead. Habitat is an incredible organization that has built houses from New Orleans to New Delhi for deserving individuals. After the fires die down we'll need a lot of help in San Diego.
The song features someone from all three bands on tour: ourselves, Matt T. from Relient K and Dustin from Ruth on harmonica. The song means a lot to me and I hope you enjoy it. Now is the time to rebuild. Please join us.
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Click here to read our review of Oh! Gravity.
Thursday, November 1, 2007
Comprising Sara Acker (vocals), Marcus Acker (guitar), and Charlie Harper (drums), Houston-based Inhabited exploded onto the Christian music scene four years ago with its independent project Innerview. The band set a whole new standard for indie success, claiming a Top 20 Christian Hit Radio single with “Rescue Me.” The song also made Christian Rock radio’s Top 10.
Inhabited released its debut label project, Revolution, with Fervent Records in 2005. Revolution earned rave reviews from media who hailed frontwoman Sara’s strong vocals, formidable stage presence and genuine heart for youth. The group steadily grew its loyal fan base, while touring alongside popular artists Todd Agnew, Starfield, By The Tree and Jonah33. Today Inhabited continues to re-invent itself, always on the cutting edge of sound and style.
Peter Khosla, president of 7 Spin Music comments, “The quality that most impressed me about Inhabited is its sincere desire to impact youth. The group is also musically talented and works extremely hard at its ministry. The band is an excellent fit with what we’re trying to cultivate here at 7 Spin.”
“We are so happy to be at 7 Spin and are excited that they aren’t afraid to be bold and think outside the box,” says Sara Acker. “They have already been a blessing, and I’m stoked we’re teaming together to get LOVE to the masses!”
Inhabited’s national sophomore project, LOVE, will be produced by industry veteran Monroe Jones (Jackson Browne, David Crosby, Third Day). In stores Feb. 26, the album’s first radio single, “Hush,” written and produced by Marcus and Sara Acker, is currently at No. 22 on Christian Hit Radio. Additional details on the record are forthcoming.
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Monday, October 29, 2007
Johnny Cash fans from around the world are expected to participate in a fascinating part of the Cash story–his experience at the "Starkville City Jail" and his lifelong story of redemption. Johnny Cash was arrested in Starkville, Mississippi, on May 11, 1965, for public drunkeness following a performance at Mississippi State University. He wrote the song, “Starkville City Jail,” and performed it at his legendary San Quentin State Prison concert on Feb. 24, 1969. Cash played at MSU again in 1970 and gave many of the officers involved with his arrest front row tickets to the performance.
The Starkville community decided that it's time to formally recognize the depth and humanity of the Man in Black. As a result, the city of Starkville will issue a posthumous pardon to Cash. Kathy Cash Tittle, the second oldest of the four Cash daughters, will accept the pardon on her father's behalf during the pardoning ceremony on November 3rd. The pardon doesn’t suggest that anyone condoned Cash’s behavior. It symbolically recognizes Cash as an imperfect human who made mistakes but gained insight and wisdom by learning from his indiscretions. It’s not about Johnny Cash getting arrested; it’s about what his life symbolized to so many people — that no matter what happens in life, you can redeem yourself.
The festival will close with a Redemption Service on Sunday, November 4th at 10:00am, featuring performances by Kevin Max and Johnny Cash’s sister, Joanne Cash, singing gospel music that Johnny Cash enjoyed. The service will be held at Lee Hall Auditorium on the MSU campus, and is free to the public.
For more information on the Johnny Cash Flower Pickin’ Festival, visit the official website at www.pardonjohnnycash.com.
Read our review of Joanne Cash's Gospel here.
And the first 1,000 people to order the CD before December 1st will receive an autographed copy, according to her MySpace page.
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Be sure to read our feature article on Creation 2007 here.
The promotional spots began airing last night on NBC and will run throughout the week.
The high-impact new song is the title track for Fireflight’’s forthcoming sophomore album releasing spring 2008. Although the album is months from release at retail, the title track is an instant hit with NBC executives.
Janine Kerr, NBC/Universal Director of Promo Services, says, “Once I heard ‘Unbreakable’ by Fireflight, it just made sense that NBC should use this song in ‘Bionic Woman’ promos. In fact, the whole CD is great. Buy it!”
The single is scheduled for digital download at iTunes and other select digital channels in November.
To hear an excerpt of the song, visit Fireflight's Myspace page: www.myspace.com/fireflight.
Update! Check out most recent post here about this song now being available on iTunes!
Third Day members, Mac Powell, Tai Anderson, Mark Lee, Brad Avery and David Carr, have been readying for the recording of their first studio album in almost two years and will be tracking songs in a Los Angeles studio over the next few weeks.
In addition to working on its new album, Third Day is excited to roll out its new, exclusive, fan club, WIRED. Visit www.ThirdDayWired.com for the inside scoop and get Wired!
The polls close on October 31st.
The band that brought you Five Score And Seven Years Ago, mmhmm, Two Lefts Don’t Make a Right……(But Three Do) and The Anatomy of the Tongue in Cheek ––also recently kicked off a 30-city, co-headlining tour with Switchfoot and are anticipating the release of their first-ever, full-length Christmas album: Let It Snow, Baby ... Let It Reindeer. The album, scheduled for release by Capitol Music Group/Gotee on October 23rd, features Relient K’s take on 10 holiday classics and six original songs.
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Newworldson comprises singer-songwriter Joel Parisien, drummer Mark Rogers, bassist Rich Moore and guitarist/vocalist Josh Toal. Each a gifted musician in his own right, the members of Newworldson are collectively winning fans across the country, currently opening on labelmate newsboys’ highly successful “GO” tour.
Newworldson weaves its diverse musical influences and talents into a unique tapestry, passionately underscoring the spiritual content of its lyrics each time the band performs. As with its forthcoming album, Newworldson’s music inspires fellow Christians to actively seek God, encouraging listeners to unite in praise, share fellowship and experience revival. The band’s eclectic sound, combined with its compelling live show, draws a diverse audience of Christians and non-Christians alike, creating a demand for Newworldson’s music at churches, outreach events, and festivals.
“Newworldson is something special; I have yet to see this band perform live without receiving a standing ovation,” says Inpop President Dale Bray. “The band connects with our souls and excites us with its performance. Newworldson is a band with meaning, integrity and limitless talent, bringing life to an industry that needs air.”
The band’s February release, Salvation Station, produced by Newworldson and Justin Koop (Billy Talent, Silverstein), features the title track and debut radio single, “Salvation Station,” going for adds at both Christian Adult Contemporary as well as Christian Hit Radio on Nov. 2. Additional details on the project are forthcoming. For more information on Newworldson, visit: www.newworldson.com or www.myspace.com/newworldson.
Friday, October 19, 2007
Meyers’ new creation, “Make Some Noise,” was tracked for her forthcoming album and was an instant hit with ABC. The promotional spots will air throughout the week.
Read our interview with Krystal here (she talks about her new album).
After seven years of touring, recording, and rehearsing, Dave Douglas has decided to leave Relient K. His final show will be 12/29. As a part of Relient K, he has been an amazing drummer, singer, collaborator, and friend. Before Dave joined the band, we were plagued with drummer turnover. Although he was the fifth drummer in two years, the moment he joined was the first time we ever felt like a complete band. He will be missed on the stage and on the road, and we wish him all the best.
I know that there have been some rumors and speculation about my future in Relient K. I suppose I should clear that up. The time has, in fact, come for me to leave the band. This has been a very difficult decision, but I know that this is the right one. Relient K has been a huge part of my life and I'm sure that it is going to take a long time to get used to not being a part of the band any more. I've had a lot of good times, met a lot of great people, and been able to go a lot of places. it's been a blessing and a pleasure to work with Matt, Matt, John, and Jon. Also, I want to thank everyone else who has been involved with the band, especially those who have been on the road with us. Our fans are amazing and I want to thank all of you for your support and enthusiasm.
I am moving on to new music projects, and I hope that I will still have all of your support. Come the first of the year I will be devoting most of my time to Gypsy Parade . Feel free to look us up and say hi. Until then I will playing with Relient K, so I've got a few more shows left in me. I suppose that this is my "farewell tour." hopefully I, and the rest of Relient K, will see you at one of them.
Thanks to all of you.
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
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Tuesday, October 16, 2007
John is playing to sold-out audiences this fall as the special guest on Casting Crowns’ The Altar and The Door Tour.
Smith’s Christmas single, “Merry Christmas,” a duet with special guest Mandisa, goes for radio adds on Nov. 16 while his It’s A Wonderful Christmas Symphony tour featuring Melinda Doolittle and The Katinas kicks off November 29.
For more touring information, please visit www.michaelwsmith.com
Wednesday, October 3, 2007
(NASHVILLE, TENN.) -- Kevin Max returns December 26th with his latest recording, The Blood - A very personal project that allowed him to step back from his usual rock stylings in favor of a musical exploration of Gospel. This deliberate departure features high profile collaborations with an extraordinary cast, including Vince Gill, Amy Grant, American Idol finalist Chris Sligh, Joanne Cash, Ashley Cleveland and others, including the long-anticipated reunion of dcTalk (featuring Max, Michael Tait and TobyMac)!
"This album was something I have been wanting to accomplish as a singer for many years," says Max. "It is literally going back to my roots in search of the music that resonated with me as a young man, when I was searching for something bigger than myself."
Max is quick to point out that The Blood is not a worship record or classic hymns cover project, but rather "a sensitive and stylized adaption of the music that was at the root of rock and roll, blues and popular culture."
"I remember listening to Elvis, Mahalia Jackson, The Imperials, Andrae Crouch, but it took me years to understand the impact it had on me as a singer and an artist," explains Max. "These songs that I picked specifically related to me that the singer was in need of The Gospel more than The Gospel needing to be sung."
THE BLOOD - Track Listing:
1. The Old Rugged Cross
2. The Cross (featuring dcTalk)
3. Run On For A Long Time (featuring Chris Sligh)
4. Trouble Of The World
5. I Know His Blood Can Make Me Whole
6. Up Above My Head I Hear Music In The Air (featuring Vince Gill and Amy Grant)
7. They Won't Go When I Go
8. The Blood Will Never Lose It's Power (featuring Ashley Cleveland, Judson Spence and Kim Keys)
9. People Get Ready (featuring Vince Gill and Erica Campbell of Mary Mary)
10. One Way, One Blood (featuring Joanne Cash)
11. Blood Outro
With dcTalk, Max accrued album sales exceeding 8 million, as well as numerous Grammy and Dove Awards. Their reunion for "The Cross" marks the first recorded reunion of the group since the 2002 single, "Let's Roll." "Hearing the three of us on the same track again was a treat," says Max. "'The Cross' was the perfect anthem for that reunion."
The Blood was produced by fellow recording artist/songwriter/musician Will Owsley (Amy Grant, Shania Twain, Michael McDonald), and features some of Nashville's finest players including Phil Madeira (B3, Organ, National Guitar). John Painter (Horns, HipHop Bass) and Vince Gill on guitar.
Infinity Music Distribution will release the album through a unique partnership with Max's Blind Thief Publishing. An aggressive promotional campaign will include various retail promotions, national television appearances, a radio promo tour and heavy concert touring including a church tour currently being scheduled. The first radio single, "Run On for a Long Time" (featuring Chris Sligh), is going to radio this month.
"Elvis Presley sang gospel music because he needed it in his life, not for fame," reflects Max. "That is precisely the reason i decided to make The Blood. These are songs that I needed to sing, because they fill me with joy."
Nashville-based CADIA comprises longtime friends Courtney Myers and Tori Smith, both 19 years old. The two became fast friends while participating in a junior high school play and continue to perform together.
“Recording and releasing a national album on a major label has always been at the top of our dream list,” says Myers. “We are grateful to have linked up with Fervent Records, who shares our passion for spreading the Gospel through music.”
“We feel so blessed to have found a home at Fervent Records,” says Smith. “They really understand our hearts and are extremely supportive of our music and ministry. It’’s a great match!”
Produced by Otto Price (BarlowGirl, Out Of Eden, SONICFLOOd) and Rob Hawkins (Big Daddy Weave, Jump5, Rebecca St. James), CADIA’s debut addresses themes of honesty, empowerment, self-esteem, compassion, and confidence in God, issues that both Courtney and Tori have confronted on their own journey to adulthood. In addition to providing fun, meaningful pop music, the record also aims to encourage other teens facing similar life experiences.
“We see a great future for Courtney and Tori here at Fervent,” comments Price. “Not only is their sound fresh and relevant, but they have something important to say. These days, and especially in the business of music ministry, a good message is as important as good music.”
CADIA is derived from the Greek word Arcadia, meaning place of peace, symbolizing the peace found when fears, insecurities, and trials are released. The duo will open on Avalon’s spring tour, and its song “Inside Out,” with accompanying music video, will be featured as the theme song/video for Women of Faith’s “Revolve Tour,” geared toward teen girls. For more information on CADIA, visit www.CADIAonline.com.
(Picture caption: New Fervent Records female duo CADIA records its national label debut at The Sound Lab in
A montage of songs, complete with commentary by Schlitt, is available for download on JohnWSchlitt.com. Click here for the direct download.
“This album has gone in a totally different direction for me and I’m very excited about that new direction. The fact that my interests have changed as I grow older is reflected in this album,” said Schlitt.
“The subject matter on this project is just as important as the music,” explains Schlitt. “The songs cover a variety of adult-themed topics including adoption, divorce, taking care of third world children, among other issues of importance in today’s world. It’s timely for me to do an album like this; not only from the standpoint of the subject matter, but also in the fact that the music itself is going down a whole new path.”
The upcoming album has a unique family connection which contributed to the creative and emotional evolution of the project.
“My son-in-law, Dan Needham, produced the album,” adds Schlitt. “So, ultimately I felt a lot more comfortable going places subject-wise that were really personal to me. There were actually some moments during the process of recording when we all got choked up and had to stop. That was a new experience for me.“
The project follows Schlitt’s previous two solo albums, “Shake” and “Unfit for Swine,” as well as “Vertical Expressions,” the 2007 debut release by “II Guys from Petra” (Schlitt, along with Petra founder Bob Hartman).
Read out interview with John here.
Saturday, September 29, 2007
Here are a few words from Sara:
Girls are constantly told that sex equals love. Every outlet of media has taken this message and morphed the standard of beauty into a cookie cutter image, pressuring girls to measure up. In order to be "loveable", we are taught to simply walk in and get a quick plastic surgery to change everything "not right" about us. This emotional marketing appeals to a girls natural desire to be wanted, and has tainted the true definition of beauty and love.
Hush was written in hopes to interrupt the noisy trends, and encourage girls to stop filling their minds with garbage! It is about spiritual warfare, and teaches them to "take every thought captive" that is contrary to truth! (II Corinthians 10:5) It rallies girls to raise the standard of purity in their minds, which will give them eyes to see truth. There is an undeniable beauty and power found in the light of the presence of God. This beauty is available to every girl, if she will simply seek to find it.Visit Inhabited's MySpace page to hear "Hush". It's a catchy one, folks!
Friday, September 28, 2007
The DVD will feature Red’s ever-intense live concert, filmed at a private, August 2007 show in the band’’s hometown of Nashville, Tenn., for “Red Nation”, an online army of Red’s most devoted fans. The set includes the band’’s new, rock radio single, “Let Go”; the Top 10 Active Rock (mainstream) Radio hit, “Breathe Into Me”; an acoustic version of “Pieces”, a song rarely performed live by the band; and many other songs from End of Silence. Also included on the DVD will be a unique, behind-the-scenes look at life on tour with Three Days Grace and Breaking Benjamin; brand-new interview segments with the band; the “Breathe Into Me” concept music video; unique surprises for hardcore Red fans - and more.
Lane Arnold, a concert promoter with FastLane Concerts / AEG, is personally excited about the release of End of Silence: Deluxe Edition. “During the Red concert that I promoted in Houston, I stood in the back and watched as the band and crowd connected in a way that I’ve never seen before. The guys in Red absolutely gave their all on that stage, and their fans did the same in return. Red fans are absolutely going to flip when they get their hands on End of Silence: Deluxe Edition, and are able to watch Red, in concert, anytime they want. For new and potential fans, this is the perfect piece to understand what this band’’s powerful, live show is all about.”
Read our interview with Red here.
See concert photos of Red performing at Purple Door 2007 here.
(NASHVILLE, TENN.) -- Canadian trio Carried Away snagged four nominations last night for GMA Canada’s 29th Annual Covenant Awards to be held October 26th in Calgary, Alberta. Carried Away took a break from their current North American tour with JUMP5 to help announce the nominations in Brampton, Ontario on September 11th.
The group was nominated for Pop/Contemporary Song of the Year ("I Want You"), Song of the Year ("Mystery"), Seasonal Song of the Year ("Soaring Trough the Sky") and Group of the Year, alongside downhere, High Valley, Relient K and Starfield.
Carried Away is currently touring North America with JUMP5's "Hello & Goodbye Tour," which runs through the end of the year. Their most recent album, I Want You, was released August 28th by Canadian-based record label Glide Records, with distribution through Infinity Music Distribution (USA) and CMC Canada. Their debut album, Closer To You (Word Distribution), was Canada's best selling debut for 2005, and earned the group two Covenant Awards in 2005 for Song of the Year ("I know”) and Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year.
The 29th Annual Covenant Awards will be handed out as part of GMA Canada Week to be held October 24th-26th in Calgary, Alberta. Carried Away has been confirmed to perform at the awards show. For more information on GMA Canada Week visit www.gmacanada.ca.
For more information on Carried Away, please visit the official website at www.carriedaway.ca.
Read our interview with Carried Away here.
Read our review of I Want You here.
prominent appearances throughout the early 2000s as breakout group Souljahz, brother and sister duo, Je’kob
and Rachael Washington have rebounded from record label red tape and reemerged as The Washington Projects. The twosome is poised to unveil their debut album, Commanders of the Resistance, October 9th through independent record company, Black & White Label.
As Souljahz, Je’kob, Rachael and their brother Josh had unprecedented success with their Word/Warner Bros
debut, The Fault Is History. Their first radio single, “All Around The World,” shot straight to the top of the charts,
while “True Love Waits” was simultaneously the most added on the CHR and AC formats. In addition, the project garnered two GMA Dove Awards, with five total nominations, and the group received extensive features on CNN Headline News, E!, Billboard, The WB, a slot on Sessions@AOL beside Christina Aguilera, 50 Cent, Shania Twain, Faith Hill and Red Hot Chili Peppers, as well as a cross-country tour in support of the album, performing alongside
the lauded and diverse talents of No Doubt, Nelly, Counting Crows, Ja Rule, Ashanti, Garbage, Kirk Franklin, TobyMac, Boyz II Men, Erykah Badu, Mary Mary and Sixpence None the Richer to name a few.
“We can’t complain about the name change, or even about the unfortunate events that took place with our previous label. We had a great two years being blessed enough to see the world and spread God’s Message of Hope, Love, Peace & Happiness while touring a great record,” explains Rachael. “Music is our gift and though we had to make some hard decisions in leaving (Souljahz) behind, The Washington Projects represent the same mission. Our hearts are in reaching the lost with a message of hope, and no matter what the name, it is what my
brother and I were born to do.”
Commanders of the Resistance is an enthralling soundtrack of hope covering just as many relevant themes as it does sonic spectrums. A quick combing of the track list indicates everything from the club thumping “Crazy” to the neo soul shuffle of “Deliverance” and the rap/R&B attack of “Take It To the Streets.” The project also possesses endless trenches of lyrical depth, such as the relationship-based “Zephyr Wings,” the empowering “Diamonds” and the love song from Je’kob to his wife, “I Will Stay With You.”
Je’kob tells a little more about the album: “This record is incredibly real. It is our hearts over the last four years, poured out in the form of music. We speak of love, hope, happiness and the trials and tribulations we’ve experienced in our lives, not only as a group, but individually as well. Each song on this record has a distinct meaning with our lives. The youth of the world, and even the music industry – Christians and non – need honesty. The world needs to know that being a Christian in the music industry doesn’t mean that every song has to be aworship song, or that we are perfect because we believe in God.”
“We are telling true-life stories from the perspective of Christians,” continues Je’kob. “Music is a powerful tool that has drastic influence on today’s young people…even the artists themselves have influence, whether they believe it or not. We strive to reach kids where they are, to relate to them, be available to them and to speak in their language. Our goal is to use any influence we may have to impact lives.”
In addition to debuting Commanders of the Resistance, The Washington Projects will also be hitting the road this fall and spring. First up is a slot as one of the featured artists on the Dare2Share “Survive” Training Conferences, alongside Hawk Nelson, Sanctus Real, Stellar Kart, Lincoln Brewster and speakers Greg Steir, Derwin “Dewey” Gray and Zane Black. The 3-day Conference tour will be hitting nine cities across the country between November and April. The duo is currently booking additional dates.
“We are so excited to get back out on the road again,” says Rachael. “Even though we have been out doing spot dates here and there, we haven’t had a record to support. We’ve only done five or six shows performing the new material live, and I have to say it is by far the most fun I’ve ever had on stage! I can’t wait to get back on stage, travel the world, and use this gift to the fullest. This tour will be a great launch to get us back on the scene and in the ears and eyes of the youth.”
While the group is securing national distribution, the album will be available on the Washington Projects website as well as iTunes. For more information about The Washington Projects and Commanders of the Resistance, please visit:
www.washingtonprojects.com and www.myspace.com/thewashingtonprojects.