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August 5, 2013

Newsboys To Release New Fist-Pumping Foot-Stomping Album, Restart, September 10





Four-time GRAMMY®-nominated band Newsboys plans to “take the music further” than ever before with their new album, Restart, set to hit stores on September 10. Boasting a discography of 16 records and over eight million albums sold, Restart will be the third studio album with Michael Tait at the helm and combines the pop, worship and rock that fans embraced from the first two albums, Born Again and God’s Not Dead. In the nearly four years since Tait joined the band, over 650,000 records have been sold, while five singles have attained No. 1 status on the radio charts.


Musically, the Newsboys are driven to recast themselves with the pop-spirited new album and have already proven to be successful as their first single “Live With Abandon” reached No. 20 on the National Christian Audience chart this week. The single has also broken into the Top 10 at Christian Hot AC at No. 6.

“At the start of this record two years ago, we knew we’d be taking great risks, but people will be excited about this album because we’ve pushed the music and taken it further than we’ve ever taken it before,” says front man Michael Tait. “I have not felt this way about anything I’ve been involved in musically since Jesus Freak.”

The lyric video for “Live With Abandon” is now available here.

Fans of the Newsboys can look forward to their dynamic live performance as the band gears up for another extensive touring schedule this fall. For the most updated tour schedule and information, visit

About Newsboys:
Four-time GRAMMY®-nominated band Newsboys boasts an impressive track record with 16 albums, five gold certifications, 25 No. 1 radio hits and close to 8 million units sold over their multi-decade career. This rock and pop-driven worship band includes front man Michael Tait (vocals) and his band mates who’ve played together for two decades – Jody Davis (guitar), Jeff Frankenstein (keys) and Duncan Phillips (drums). Their 2010 release, Born Again, saw the largest street week of their careers, debuting at No. 4 on the Billboard 200 and garnering three No. 1 hits. Their 2012 record, God’s Not Dead, has sold over 300,000 copies and it’s title song, “God’s Not Dead,” topped the CHR radio format for seven weeks in a row. Renown for their heart-pumping live concerts, the tight knit Newsboys unit continues to headline shows in the U.S. and around the world. Their new album, Restart, is set to hit stores on September 10, 2013.

August 5, 2013

Jon Acuff Guest Post: Life Lessons From a Burrito


I used to hate Chipotle.

The idea of paying for chips felt so counter to everything a great Mexican restaurant stood for.

But in the last few years, I’ve learned how awesome Chipotle actually is.

I think their food is fresh, fast and delicious.

I’m a big fan.

That’s why I was excited when I saw their new promotion.

Right now, you can win burritos for 20 years!

The ad shows a treasure chest full of gold-plated burritos.

That is awesome and actually ends up being a great lesson in perceived value.

Do you know what 20 years of burritos is actually worth?


That’s not a ton of money for a company who had a net—not gross—income of $278 million in 2012 to give away as a grand prize. In fact, on average, Chipotle makes $9 per person and serves 300 people an hour. So in less than four hours they have made that amount of money. They actually serve approximately 750,000 customers every day. Granted, there are a ton of expenses, but at the end of the day, it’s a small prize.

Why did Chipotle do it then?

Because sometimes perceived value matters more than real value.

When people see a treasure chest of gold burritos they don’t think, I bet after taxes that represents a total of about $5,000. They made $278 million and they’re giving me $5,000. Pretty amazing!

No, people see this and think about free burritos (one a week) for 20 years! That has a much bigger perceived value than real value. And that’s key for you to remember any time you launch a dream that requires fans, friends or shoppers. And Chipotle actually has real value because the total amount of prizes they are giving away is around $400,000.

The big win, however—the best thing you can do—is to combine perceived value with real value.

That’s why we created the Start Society. It’s essentially a VIP experience for the Start Conference this September. The title “VIP” has some perceived value, but without real value it’s useless.

So we added:

  • Pre-event, one-on-one coaching with me.
  • Reserved, VIP seating
  • Invitation to dinner at Mangia with me and special guests
  • Entry to Start Society VIP lounge
  • Free ticket to Friday’s writer workshop
  • Exclusive pre- and post-event group conference calls with me
  • Discount on marketplace booth rental
  • Private access to bonus content
  • Other surprises and exclusive giveaways

We then priced it lower than most conferences make you pay for a regular ticket.

We combined perceived value with real value. You can learn more about it here.

And now it’s your turn.

As you build your dream, you must have perceived value. That gets people in the door. That helps people actually notice you among all the noise. Once they are there, though, you have to give them real value or they will leave.

Perceived + Real = Awesome.

August 5, 2013

The Sonflowerz Announce Kickstarter Campaign In Support Of New Music, Book and Tour

The Sonflowerz, known for their worshipful and inspiring pop songs, including “My Adoration” and “By Faith,” have launched a Kickstarter campaign in support of a new EP as well as a devotional book and a ministry-focused, interactive tour for tween and teen-aged girls.
The Colorado-based sisters, Elissa Leander Tipps and Becca Leander Nicholson, have been ministering together since their own teen years when given the opportunity by their church to share a song they had written. Fast forward 13 years, countless concerts and six albums, and the duo find themselves coming full circle with hearts focused on ministering to young girls.
“From that first moment of sharing our songs, we’ve had a desire to use music as a tool to be a voice to and for young women,” explains Elissa. “We said ‘yes’ to God and continued to write, sing and speak where He led, often finding ourselves in places we never imagined – from a small town near Southhampton, England to Lifeway’s You And Your Girl conferences that drew thousands of moms and daughters from around the U.S.”
Launching the The Sonflowerz Kickstarter Campaign, Elissa and Becca hope to engage their fans of all ages in being part of the development of their new 6-song EP Love Walked In, which is set to release September 10. The campaign will also help fund a 30-day devotional book titled “Made To Shine,” which was inspired by conversations with young girls and named after a song written for a victim of bullying. Along with the EP and book, the duo will embark on a ministry-focused tour of Made to Shine events for girls ages 10-18.
For The Sonflowerz, writing songs is just the beginning. “Girls fight against all kinds of obstacles in our culture,” says Becca. “Peer pressure alone brings an onslaught of identity crisis, self-hatred, depression and loneliness. Add in the fatherless factor, which nearly one-third of kids in the U.S. live with, and you have a desperate generation of girls in need of love.”
“So at the events, we will spend time speaking from the book and performing songs from our new recording,” adds Elissa. “We’ll break through peer pressure, common lies they believe, answer their questions and reveal to them their true identity as daughters of God… each song, every word and all that we do is to point them to Jesus. Hopefully our friends will want to come alongside and be a part of it.”
For more information on The Sonflowerz, including album, book and tour updates along with free chord charts, visit
August 5, 2013

Love & The Outcome’s Self-Titled Debut Album Available For Pre-Order Now



Word Entertainment’s breakthrough duo Love & The Outcome are scheduled to release their self-titled debut album on August 27. The 11-track collection is available for pre-order today at and features their debut single, “He Is With Us.” The song has soared to No. 17 on Billboard’s Christian Songs chart making it the highest charting debut single currently on the chart. In their Canadian homeland it is closing in on the Top 10 with a chart position of No. 12 on the CCRC chart.

Co-Produced by Seth Mosley (Newsboys), Ben Glover (for KING & COUNTRY), David Garcia (TobyMac) and Jeff Pardo (Matthew West), Love & The Outcome balances Chris’ rock sensibilities with Jodi’s love of melodic pop artists. In addition, the duo’s influence is also revealed in the lyrics as they had a hand in writing each of the 11 tracks on the album. The pre-order packages reflect the personal nature of the album and include exclusive music and a collectible shadowbox featuring a polaroid from the duo’s photo shoot. Each deluxe package will be personally inscribed and signed by Jodi and Chris.



Love & The Outcome Essentials Pack – $14.99

·         Love & The Outcome CD + Digital Album

·         “He Is With Us” Instant mp3 Download

·         Love & The Outcome 12”x12” Print


Love & The Outcome Deluxe Pack – $49.99

·         Everything in the Essentials Pack

  • “What It Looks Like” Exclusive Bonus Track
  • Love & The Outcome Personalized Shadowbox


Currently Love & The Outcome are on the road playing dates with the following upcoming shows:


August 3 – Covenant Ranch – Caddo Mills, TX

August 9 – Knoebels Amusement Resort – Elysburg, PA

August 10 – Royal Tailor @ Back to School Bash – Harrisonburg, VA

August 11 – Indiana State Fair – Indianapolis, IN

August 17 – First Baptist Church – Newcastle, OK

August 19 – Young Harris College – Young Harris, GA

August 21 – Cornerstone Church – East Longmeadow, MA

August 22 – Crossroads Church – Pelham, NH

August 23 – Sunday River Resort – Newry, ME

August 24 – Keswick Landing Mall – Keswick, Canada

August 25 – Nu Café – Worcester, MA

August 31 – Van Wert County Fair – Van Wert, OH

September 14 – Chesapeake City Park – Chesapeake, VA

September 20 – J.E. Broyhill Civic Center – Hudson, NC

September 21 – Spirit University – Portsmouth, OH

September 22 – Elevation Community Church – Blanchester, OH

October 5 – Community Hope Center – Cottage Hills, IL


For Chris and Jodi, Love & The Outcome is both a name and a literal life story. The duo sold their Winnipeg condo en route to a high-stakes musical road trip that has seen them criss-cross Canada, Liberia, the Philippines and China, winning over fans both emotionally and spiritually with their blend of effervescent pop. After signing to Word Records in 2012, they retreated to the mountains of Washington state to record their powerful debut, produced by Mosley along with Ben Glover (for King & Country) and David Garcia (TobyMac). Spring 2013 saw the two back on the road for the “Hundred More Years Tour” supporting Francesca Battistelli and The Afters over 27 dates. For tour dates and further information please visit



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