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August 6, 2011

PETRA Frontman JOHN SCHLITT Raises $40,000 From Fans For New Music Album THE GREATER CAUSE



Legendary recording artist and Gospel Music Hall of Famer John Schlitt, best known as the lead singer for award-winning Christian band Petra during the era when the band won four GRAMMY Awards and 10 Dove Awards, is expressing his gratitude to his fans today.

“Thank you folks! We’re ahead of schedule and are already moving into Phase Two!” Schlitt says, on the heels of meeting the initial financial goal of $35,000 for the recording of his new music project, titled The Greater Cause, through Kickstarter, a popular “crowd-funding” platform for creative projects.

“We’re experiencing tremendous momentum, and only God knows the limit,” Schlitt says.

Additional funds which come in by the deadline of noon ET on Aug. 8 will go toward the necessary expenses of packaging, manufacturing and promoting the new CD.

“Every dollar past the initial goal will help us complete the total package…not just the process of recording, which is now taken care of, but these additional funds will take us further down the line to total completion,” Schlitt continues.

Pledges are taken on Schlitt’s personal Kickstarter site ( orthegreatercause) and powered by Amazon, enabling backers’ credit cards to be charged via a secure website.

Using a system of pledges and rewards, supporters worldwide, dubbed the TGC Crew (The Greater Cause Crew), in honor of the new CD title, have partnered with Schlitt to produce the rocker’s fourth solo project.

“This Kickstarter project has opened my eyes to a whole batch of new friends; not only those who have pledged, but those who have been praying for the project and for myself,” Schlitt says. “I have a feeling that this is the beginning of a team that will be sharing in the next stage of my life.”

Throughout the Kickstarter process to meet the funding goal, Schlitt has captured the attention of his fans through a series of updates and early rewards, including a free demo download of one the first Christian songs that Schlitt ever recorded, as well as personal thank-you messages to each donor via Twitter and other social networking sites. As a bonus to pledgers, Schlitt is creating an exclusive website with a behind the scenes look at the recording of The Greater Cause, including photos, videos and a blog.

The Greater Cause will be a ‘back to the roots’ rock album, which is what my supporters have been asking for,” Schlitt says. “It is intended to be a fresh and powerful tool to accomplish what God has been doing through me for many years: connecting and encouraging people through my music. We need to use common sense in this world and awaken to the fact that Jesus is Lord, no matter what those around us may say — or do. This is my goal with The Greater Cause.”

For more information about Kickstarter or The Greater Cause, go or thegreatercause.

August 6, 2011

Third Annual Rock & Worship Roadshow 2011 continues with star-studded lineup MercyMe, Jars Of Clay, Hawk Nelson


“The Rock and Worship Roadshow” will venture into their second leg of the tour hitting 12 markets this November with a stellar cast including MercyMe, Jars of Clay, Disciple, Hawk Nelson, Matt Maher, and Group 1 Crew. Talented rapper Trip Lee along with other artists will serve as the pre-show entertainment. This will mark the first time “The Rock and Worship Roadshow” will tour in the fall in addition to their annual spring trek.

Admission prices will be the traditional $10 at-the-door, making it an affordable event for the whole family. Compassion International will once again serve as a tour sponsor. Compassion International is a Christian child advocacy ministry that releases children from spiritual, economic, social and physical poverty and enables them to become responsible, fulfilled Christian adults. For more information on Compassion International go to

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

See full list of markets are listed below, but stay tuned for the latest tour information.

August 6, 2011

VeggieTales creator Phil Vischer and his new company, Jellyfish Labs, ink distribution deal with EMI CMG



What’s in the distribution deal? A new relationship, according toVeggieTales’ Creator and Jellyfish Labs Founder Phil Vischer and Bill Hearn, President and CEO of EMI Christian Music Group (EMI CMG) who have announced a long-term distribution agreement for Vischer’s Jellyfish Labs and its “Buck Denver Asks…What’s in the Bible?” DVD series.

EMI CMG Distribution will assume distribution rights for the DVD series, forthcoming ancillary products and the music products created by Jellyfish Labs for the Christian retail marketplace in the U.S. and Canada, as well as the digital domain, including iTunes and This fall, EMI CMG will re-launch five DVDs and release a new music CD and new DVD.

“I’m excited that Jellyfish Labs and our Buck Denver Asks…What’s in the Bible? DVD series has found a new home at EMI CMG Distribution,” said Vischer, who, before embarking on his latest venture, created VeggieTales. “I’ve always appreciated Bill Hearn and his team; their commitment to excellence and innovation make them great partners as we work to enhance the spiritual journeys of families everywhere through creative children’s products.”

“EMI CMG has worked with Phil on past VeggieTales music and feature films projects, making it a genuine fit for us to work together on his newest venture, Jellyfish Labs and the What’s in the Bible? DVD series,” said Hearn. “Families need What’s in the Bible more now than ever before. What better way to share the good news of the Gospel than this creative DVD series that is fun and informative for the whole family.”

Vischer and his Jellyfish team first launched the What’s in the Bible? series in early 2010. Vischer set out to teach children “the story of the Bible – about God’s great rescue plan and how stories like those of Moses, Noah, David, and Jesus fit together to tell one big, redemptive story.” Vischer’s signature wit shines through with his all-new cast of characters, fast-paced flash animation, puppetry and catchy tunes.

Each DVD contains two 25-minute episodes filled with original music, animation, puppets and creative storytelling. Hosted by the suave news anchor (and puppet) Buck Denver (voiced by Vischer), the series introduces unforgettable new characters including Sunday School Lady; brothers/archeologists Clive & Ian; pastor, teacher and gospel singer Brother Louie; and Captain Pete the church history-loving pirate. For the first time, Vischer also appears in the series. Vischer has written and voiced all but one of the characters in the series along with most of the original music.

Jellyfish Labs and EMI CMG will re-launch the first five DVDs in the DVD series in September 2011. The five DVDs will be repackaged and will include newly created family study guides as well as a digital copy for fans to place on their computers and mobile devices. The DVDs, which will be at retail on Sept. 27, include:

  • Buck Denver Asks…What’s in the Bible? Vol. 1 In the Beginning
  • Buck Denver Asks…What’s in the Bible? Vol. 2 Let My People Go
  • Buck Denver Asks…What’s in the Bible? Vol. 3 Wanderin’ in the Desert
  • Buck Denver Asks…What’s in the Bible? Vol. 4 Battle for the Promised Land
  • Buck Denver Asks…What’s in the Bible? Vol. 5 Israel Gets a King

Also on Sept. 27, the first Buck Denver Asks…What’s in the Bible? – The Songs! music CD also releases through EMI CMG and features 18 favorite songs from the first five DVDs.

The following month, on Oct. 18, two brand new DVDs will debut, including the next installment in the series and a special holiday episode:

  • Buck Denver Asks…What’s In the Bible? Vol. 6 Kings & Chronicles – A Nation Divided
  • Buck Denver Asks… Why Do We Call It Christmas?

“Breaking new brands is difficult work these days and breaking new children’s brands would be considered treacherous! Such work requires great partnerships and a willingness to innovate, experiment and take some risks. EMI CMG is one of the few companies in the Christian marketplace that’s positioned for this kind of challenge. We’re delighted to have them as a partner in our efforts to help families better understand God’s word and raise up the next generation of Christians,” said Erick Goss, managing partner Creative Trust Media/Jellyfish Labs.

A testament to Vischer’s ability to create products that resonate with families, Buck Denver Asks…What’s in the Bible? was the best-selling new children’s DVD series at Christian retail in the past year and has sold almost 175,000 units.

Greg Bays, SVP of sales and marketing for EMI CMG Distribution, says: “It is exciting to watch Phil Vischer use his creative genius and theological expertise to develop brand new characters and stories for our families to treasure. For EMI CMG Distribution, it is our job to ensure that these new DVDs and the music CD penetrate the marketplace so that they might impact children and their families for years to come. Our team is honored and humbled, and we take our stewardship of Phil’s vision very seriously.”