Saturday, September 29, 2007

Inhabited talks about their new song "Hush"

Sara from Inhabited talks about their latest single hitting airwaves, "Hush"--what it means to her, and the message she hopes listeners take away from it:

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

Red to release deluxe edition of The End of Silence

(Nashville, Tenn.) September 26, 2007 –– Dove Award-winning, rock band Red announces the November 13, 2007 release of End of Silence: Deluxe Edition, a two-disc (CD/DVD) set which comprises the band’’s GRAMMY-nominated debut album, including a dramatic, never-before-heard, acoustic version of “Lost”, along with a DVD that will visually bring the live Red experience to all.

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.

Carried Away receives 4 Covenant Award nominations

(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

For more information on Carried Away, please visit the official website at

Read our interview with Carried Away here.
Read our review of I Want You here.

Souljahz Returns as The Washington Projects

Los Angeles, CA (September 6, 2007) – Celebrating a jaw-dropping spread of radio singles, press acclaim and
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: and

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

2 Guys from Petra -- John Schlitt & Bob Hartman

For those who couldn't get enough of Petra, and cried when they broke up, guess what? The voice of Petra (John Schlitt) and principle songwriter/founder (Bob Hartman) have started a side project appropriately named II Guys From Petra.

They've even released a worship CD independently. Check out more info at their Shoutlife page here.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Thousand Foot Krutch Contest

The TFK guys are holding a contest over at their MySpace page. Help spread the word about their new album The Flame In All Of Us and you could win tons of cool stuff. Check it out here.

Listen to an audio interview with lead singer Trevor from our friends at M88 radio here.

Avalon Performs at 9/11 Military Benefit

Award-winning vocal group Avalon joins LeAnn Rimes, among other country artists, for Fox News Channel personality Sean Hannity’s “Freedom Conert” held on Sept. 11 at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, N.J. The event, which additionally featured Montgomery Gentry and Lee Greenwood, benefited the Freedom Alliance Scholarship Fund for the children of America’s military heroes.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Jaci Velasquez baby on the way!

Jaci Velasquez and husband Nic Gonzales (lead singer of Salvador) are expecting their first child, a baby boy, on November 12th!

And Jaci is releasing a Christmas EP this fall, but you can pre-order now at her website here.

Article One begins recording process

The guys in Article One have begun recording their sophomore project.

Says the band:

Since the beginning of September, Article One have been hard at work recording a new album with renowned producer Tedd T (Newsboys, MuteMath, etc.) ... Already the project is sounding more incredible than we could have imagined and we can't wait to share it with you!

Read our interview with Article One here.
Read our review of their debut album here.

CCM reader's choice awards 2007

This is always a fun issue to read---especially if you've cast your vote! Enter before October 14th. Click here.

Third Day/Jars of Clay Christmas tour

The Third Day guys will be hitting the road this Christmas season with Jars of Clay. Tour dates are:

November 29th
Rome, Ga
The Forum

Public Onsale October 5th
November 30th
Murray, KY
Regional Special Events Center

Pre-sale 9-28 and Public Onsale October 5th
December 1st
Greenvile, SC
Bi-Lo Center

Pre-sale 9-28 and Public Onsale October 5th
December 6th
Hoffman Estate, IL
Life Changers Church

Pre-sale NOW and Public Onsale October 5th
December 7th
Bloomingtion, IL
US Cellular Colliseum

Pre-sale 9-28 and Public Onsale October 5th
December 8th
Eden Prarie, MN
Grace Church

Pre-sale 9-28 and Public Onsale October 5th
December 9th
Brookfield, WI
Elmbrook Church

Pre-sale 9-28 and Public Onsale October 5th
December 13th
San Antonio, TX
Community Bible Church

Pre-sale NOW and Public Onsale Septimber 7th
December 14th
Woodlands, TX
Fellowship of the Woodlands

Pre-sale NOW and Public Onsale October 29th
December 15th
Broken Arrow, OK
Rhema Bible College

Pre-sale 9-28 and Public Onsale October 5th
December 16th
Southhaven, MS
Desoto Civic Center

Pre-sale 9-28 and Public Onsale October 5th
December 27th
Macon, GA
Macon Centraplex

Friday, September 7, 2007

Rebecca St. James update/news!


Major applause ringing in on Rebecca's premier last weekend with a full one hour concert special on Gospel Music Channel's "Front Row Live!" Hope you caught the Saturday premier—or one of the five re-broadcasts over Labor Day Weekend!

Good news! You have another chance to let Rebecca rock your world! GMC will be re-broadcasting Rebecca's "Front Row Live" special on Saturday, September 13th –9:00 P.M. Eastern with a re-broadcast at midnight and again at 5:00 A.M. on the 14th.

Check out all details on Rebecca's MySpace: (Just click the profile picture at the top of the page) and scope out the Gospel Music Channel at


Rebecca, what are you working on these days?

"I'm actually taking a sabbatical this fall and I'm very, very excited about having this time. I learned a few years ago very much the hard way that it's very important for people in ministry to take 'time out' and be still. That's exactly what I am doing.

My plan in this time is to really pray and seek God on what this sabbatical time should look like. Generally with touring and book writing, and songwriting and being in studio—and everything else I am doing—my life is pretty mapped out. So sabbatical will be an open time to approach God with open heart and open hand to say, 'God, renew me, speak to me, prepare my heart for new things that you want to do in my heart and in my ministry.' I really have a sense of anticipation that God is moving me into a new 'room' of my life—that I have actually been in one room for some time—and He is moving me into this new room in the house of my life. I'm very excited about this coming season—that God is already opening some new doors of ministry. I'm also in this season exploring some film and acting opportunities that I have been wanting to explore for some time. It just feels to me like a season of newness and I think this sabbatical is very key to that. Ultimately, I want always to be in the center of God's will and involved in the adventure He has for me. One has to sit and hear from God—and be still— to be sensitive to His will for what's His best for us as He writes the story of our lives. That's what I am going to do."


Stay tuned for details on the television premier of Rebecca's new performance video of "Our Great God" –her current duet radio single with Todd Agnew!


Check out the awesome video from Rebecca's August tour of Europe—postings are on her MySpace on both her performance at Holland spectacular Flevo Festival—which drew crowds in excess of 30,000 concert-goers –and catch the video of Rebecca's concert in the Czech Republic where more than 7,000 young people rocked to her music and message for Jesus!

Thursday, September 6, 2007

Family Force 5 Dance, Rawr, Dance Tour

Gotee crunk rockers Family Force 5 will hit 30 cities nationwide as they headline the Dance, Rawr, Dance Tour with bands Jonezetta and The Secret Handshake beginning this October 1st. In addition, a sponsorship by Outerlight Entertainment has lead to the band partnering with Jedidiah Clothing and the Hope Collection, a series of t-shirts designed to benefit various humanitarian organizations and their causes.

The 30-city tour will kick off in October 1st in St Louis, MO and take Family Force 5 through Nebraska, Minnesota, Colorado, Utah, Idaho, Washington, Oregon, California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, and Arkansas, as well as Ohio, Michigan, New York, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Tennessee, their home-state of Georgia, and Florida. Family Force 5, who tour an average of 200 dates a year, is just off the road with this summer’s Van’s Warped Tour.

Fans who come out to one of the Family Force 5 dates will be able to support various social aid affiliates by purchasing a “special edition” Dance, Rawr, Dance Tour t-shirt, with $5.00 from every shirt sale going to the Hope Collection charities. The special edition shirt will also come with a Gotee Records digital artist sampler in conjunction with start-up digital service DiscRevolt. Two Jedidiah representatives will be on the road as well offering the full Hope Collection lineup of clothing for purchase.

The Jedidiah Clothing company is a premiere brand in the surf/art/music/fashion industry that aims to create a revenue stream to assist the less fortunate through increased awareness, financial contributions and service projects. The company embraces clothing as a platform to convey a message of Hope, Grace, Encouragement, Forgiveness and Love. 1% of Jedidiah’s total revenue is donated to various social aid programs and humanitarian groups. Jedidiah Clothing is sold nationwide at Buckle stores.

Family Force 5 fans can also anticipate an online contest where people from each tour market can sign up to win a chance to hang with the band pre-show and have the opportunity to win a pair of tickets and a shirt from the Hope Collection. The contest opens for participation tomorrow, September 5th at . Contest participants will need to create a piece of Family Force 5 artwork using sidewalk chalk in a highly visible area of their city. They will then photograph it and submit for contest consideration. Family Force 5 logo stencils will be available for download online.

Family force 5 catapulted onto the music scene in 2006 with Business Up Front, Party In The Back and since then have performed on CBS TV’s The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson, performed twice on DIRECTV’s CD USA, and seen music video play on They’ve also racked up two #1 rock radio hits “Replace Me” and “Love Addict” at Christian radio and toured on 2006’s Journeys Backyard BBQ Tour and with TobyMac. Led by front man and guitarist Solomon Olds (aka Soul Glow Activator), Family Force 5 includes Solomon’s two brothers Jacob Olds (aka Crouton) on drums/vocal, and his twin Joshua Olds (aka Fatty) on bass/vocals. The force of five is rounded out by Nathan Currin (aka Nadaddy) on keyboard and Derek Mount (aka Chap Stique) on guitar.

10/01/07 - Saint Louis, MO - Creepy Crawl
10/02/07 - Kansas City, MO - Grand Emporium
10/03/07 - Papillion, NE - The Rock
10/04/07 - Minneapolis, MN - Club 3 Degrees
10/06/07 - Denver, CO - Marquis Theater
10/08/07 - Las Vegas, NV - Jillian's Las Vegas
10/09/07 - Fresno, CA - The Big Fresno Fair
10/11/07 - Salt Lake City, UT - Avalon Th./Church
10/12/07 - Boise, ID - Big Easy Concert House
10/13/07 - Seattle, WA - El Corazon
10/14/07 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theatre
10/15/07 - Medford, OR - Main One Performing Arts Center
10/16/07 - Roseville, CA - Underground
10/17/07 - San Francisco, CA - Slim's
10/18/07 - Los Angeles, CA - Knitting Factory
10/19/07 - San Diego, CA - SOMA San Diego
10/20/07 - Anaheim, CA - Chain Reaction
10/24/07 - Tempe, AZ - The Clubhouse Music Venue
10/25/07 - Albuquerque, NM - Launchpad
10/27/07 - Austin, TX - Stubb's Bar-B-Q
10/28/07 - Dallas, TX - House Of Blues
10/29/07 - Houston, TX - Warehouse Live
10/30/07 - Little Rock, AR - Revolution
11/01/07 - Madison, WI - The Loft
11/02/07 - Cincinnati, OH - The Underground
11/04/07 - Columbus, OH - Skully's Music Diner
11/05/07 - Akron, OH - The Lime Spider
11/06/07 - Grand Rapids, MI - The Intersection
11/09/07 - New York, NY - Knitting Factory
11/10/07 - Buffalo, NY - Xtreme Wheels
11/11/07 - Lancaster, PA - The Chameleon
11/12/07 - Raleigh, NC - Lincoln Theatre
11/13/07 - Charlotte, NC - Amos' Southend
11/14/07 - Nashville, TN - Rcktwn
11/15/07 - Atlanta, GA - Coca Cola Roxy Theatre
11/16/07 - Jacksonville, FL - Murray Hill Theatre

Watch the tour promo: