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February 14, 2014

Casting Crowns Continues to Bring ‘THRIVE’ to Life; Mark Hall Releases New Book Out Today, February 11

From their “Month of Giving” to a surprise secret show to performances on Sirius Radio, Billboard and FOX & Friends, momentum grows for ‘THRIVE’

Multi-platinum selling group, Casting Crowns continues to bring THRIVE to life, wrapping up a month of visits and giving back to fans across the country. Accompanying the recent release of the group’s seventh studio record (THRIVE), which debuted in the Top 10 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart, comes Mark Hall’s newest book on Zondervan, “Thrive – Digging Deep, Reaching Out” available today, February 11. This is Hall’s fourth book to date and discusses the critical inner challenge that we are meant to more than just survive life – we are called to thrive. Each chapter threads together this impactful message, adding Hall’s signature style of weaving stories with powerful tools for application.

The release of “Thrive – Digging Deep, Reaching Out,” comes off the heels of a jam-packed, whirlwind month for Casting Crowns. Beginning in the month of January, Casting Crowns launched their”Month of Giving” with opportunities for them to give back to fans in big and small ways. The roots didn’t stop there as the band traveled across the country to multiple cities performing acoustic sets (including a Secret Show in Dallas, TX) and visiting friends such asThe Harvest Show, Live at Studio B, Moody Radio, Rick & Bubba and more. Also adding to the momentum of ‘THRIVE,’ several members of the band surprised shoppers at local retailers with a copy of the new record.

Last week, the band made a trip to New York City where they did special performances and interviews with Sirius Radio,, Billboard and FOX Radio. Wrapping up their NYC run, Casting Crowns made their national television debut of their song “Thrive” on the highly rated morning show, “FOX & Friends.”

View their FOX & Friends performances here: “Thrive” and “House of Their Dreams

Following the sea of praises on the new record comes another flood of applause from critics and fans alike for “Thrive – Digging Deep, Reaching Out”:

“Consider Mark Hall’s book a dependable resource to inspire a well-rooted, far-reaching growth spurt among students.” –

“The book gives stories and testimonies from the young people Hall pastors, and gives examples of how the principles set out in the book can be applied to real life situations…It’s an important message, and one that is delivered with grace and humility.” – Christian Today

“Casting Crowns lead singer Mark Hall is delivering up plenty for your mind to reflect on…you’ll hear words of wisdom from Hall’s experience and a depth of theological encouragement for your soul.” – Mustard Seed Thoughts Blog

Beginning Feb. 20, Casting Crowns will embark on their national tour,”The Thrive Tour,” which features Laura Story and for KING & COUNTRY. For a complete list of tour dates, visit:



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February 14, 2014

Critically Acclaimed Worship Duo All Sons & Daughters Launches “A Night Of Worship Tour” With Pastor/Author Jamie George

Tour Precedes May 6 Release of New All Sons & Daughters Studio Recording


All Sons & Daughters, the worship duo composed of David Leonard and Leslie Jordan, continue to inspire audiences with their acoustic, folk aesthetic and lyrics that focus squarely on Jesus while embracing the tension of the Christian walk. The Franklin, Tennessee-based worshipers will take their songs on the road beginning March 4, inviting listeners to join them and guest speaker Jamie George for “A Night Of Worship Tour”, traveling to 19 cities across the U.S.

Hailed by fans and critics alike, All Sons & Daughters have released three EPs and two full-length albums featuring songs such as “All The Poor and Powerless,” “Brokenness Aside,” “Great Are You Lord” and “Oh How I Need You”. Their most recent full-length project, a CD/DVD titled LIVE, garnered the duo its first Dove Award nominations with nods in the “Praise & Worship Album” and “Long Form Video” categories. Their next project, a self-titled studio recording, is set to release through Integrity Music on May 6.

While on tour, Jordan and Leonard, who serve on staff at Journey Church in Franklin, will be sharing songs from their previous albums and the forthcoming project. They will be joined on the tour by their pastor, Jamie George, whom they describe as an “avid story collector and storyteller.” In addition to his pastoral role at Journey, George is the author of Love Well, a book that encourages believers to move past cycles of shame, fear and hopelessness to find freedom in Christ and renewal in His community.

At each Night of Worship event, participants will not only be encouraged to listen and sing along, they will be given the opportunity to contribute their own expressions of worship through journaling their prayers, drawing and praying for one another at special areas set up throughout the church or auditorium.

“We have experienced a great freedom in worship over the past four years in our community at Journey Church,” says Jordan. “Our hope is that we can encourage people to enter that same freedom when they join us on a Night of Worship… to put aside distractions and engage in a sweet conversation with God.”

In addition to the “A Night of Worship Tour,” (dates below), All Sons & Daughters will lead worship for the Christian College Leadership Conference at California Baptist University in April, and they travel to the U.K. in May to lead worship for “Big Church Day Out,” Britain’s largest Christian music festival. Additional information, including news and tour updates, is available

Tour Dates
Mar. 4 – Chesterfield, MO – The Crossing at Chesterfield
Mar. 6 – Olathe, KS – Olathe Christian Church
Mar. 7 – Aurora, CO – Calvary Chapel Aurora
Mar. 8 – Manhattan, KS – University Christian Church
Mar. 9 – Omaha, NE – Brookside Church
Mar. 11 – Des Moines, IA – Walnut Creek Church Downtown
Mar. 12 – Peoria, IL – Riverside Community Church
Mar. 13 – Chicago, IL – Missio Dei Chicago
Mar. 14 – Green Bay, WI – Green Bay Community Church
Mar. 16 – Saint Paul, MN – Northwestern College (Maranatha Hall)
Mar. 28 – Austin, TX – Austin Ridge Bible Church
Mar. 29 – Waco, TX – Common Grounds
Mar. 30 – Aledo, TX – Aledo United Methodist Church
Apr. 2 – Tucson, AZ – University City Church (Midtown Campus)
Apr. 6 – Malibu, CA – Pepperdine University
Apr. 9 – Alamogordo, NM – The Worship Center
Apr. 10 – Amarillo, TX – Temple Baptist Church
Apr. 13 – Cleveland, TN – Lee University (Conn Center)


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February 14, 2014


Currently Appearing Nationwide on World’s No. 1 Tour (1st Quarter)

“The Winter Jam 2014 Tour Spectacular”

Last night at The Roadshow 2014 tour date in San Antonio, TX,  it was announced live that Everfound  received the “New Artist of the Year” award for’s second annual “We Love Christian Music Awards.” The Russian-born brothers took home the fan-voted award beating out four other contenders in the category. has been a staunch supporter of the band from the beginning including their debut album in their 2013 Top 10 list, with reviewer Kevin Davis citing that the “album is by far the catchiest, most energetic and emotionally engaging alternative rock album I’ve heard this year.” Last year their Word Entertainment label mates for KING & COUNTRY won the “New Artist of the Year” title and later went on to win the award at both the K-LOVE Fan Awards and the Dove Awards. Everfound is currently on the world’s top-attended tour in the world (1st quarter), The Winter Jam Tour Spectacular 2014 is scheduled to hit an additional 36 cities through March. The band’s second single, “God of the Impossible,” is Top 20 at Hot AC/CHR and is also featured on the companion CD to the 20th Century Fox feature film “Son of God,”  Son of God: Music Inspired By The Epic Motion Picture.

“Thank you guys so much for voting for us,” said the band in a video displayed on screens Thursday night at The Roadshow 2014 concert. “We are absolutely thrilled that we won the ‘New Artist of the Year’ award. We have the best fans in the world. And thank you to New Release Tuesday for your support from the very beginning. As soon as our album came out you have been huge supporters of what we’re trying to do as a band musically. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.”

Get to know Everfound in this exclusive video seen here of their early life growing up in Russia.  The band, comprised of four brothers, Nikita Odnoralov (vocals), Ruslan Odnoralov (guitar, keys, programming), Illarion Odnoralov (bass) and Yan Odnoralov (drums), were born in and spent their first few years in Pyatigorsk, Russia. Before the fall of the Soviet Union, religion was seen as a threat to the government. Their great uncle spent 20 years in prison for just owning a Bible, their father was harassed by the police for attending Bible studies and their grandmother was fired from her job for professing her faith. In the late 90s the boys’ parents, seeking religious freedom, packed everything they could into suitcases and moved their young family to Colorado. As expressed in the video and throughout their lyrics, the brothers are incredibly grateful for what their parents did and are fully aware of the freedom they receive in this country. When their parents were growing up in Russia there were no Christian radio stations and the government would try to jam frequencies when American missionaries would transmit the gospel from across the border. Now, without fear of persecution, Everfound can freely have their music transmitted all over the world.

On July 16, Everfound released their self-titled Word Entertainment debut album.  The album’s lead single, “Never Beyond Repair,” climbed into the Top 20 at radio and their track “What Love Means” is featured in the musical companion to the History Channel’s mini-series “The Bible.” In March, Everfound played at a massive kick-off event for the mini-series at Rick Warren’s Saddleback Church with Mark Burnett and Roma Downey in attendance. Immediately following the event Warren declared via Twitter, “Mark my word: This band is going to be HUGE!” These multi-instrumental musicians have played more than 800 shows throughout both the U.S. and Europe and released four albums independently. For further information and for listing of tour dates, 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 About A Mile, Meredith Andrews, Chris August, 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/Church Resources, Word Films, Word Music Publishing and Word Label Group’s Word Records, Word Worship and Fervent Records.


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February 14, 2014


GRAMMY®-Nominated Artist’s Current Single “Write Your Story” Top 10 After Just Four Weeks of Releasing

Nashville, TN – (February 6, 2014) – GRAMMY®-nominated artist and 42nd Annual Dove Awards’ “Artist of the Year” and “Female Vocalist of the Year,” Francesca Battistelli, will perform her new single “Write Your Story” live on ABC’s “Good Morning America” when she makes her national morning TV debut on February 13. Additionally, she’ll unveil a portion of “When The Crazy Kicks In” from her forthcoming third studio album, If We’re Honest, due out on April 22.  “Write Your Story,” released to radio on January 3, is already Top 10 at NCA after just one month. Today Battistelli joins Sanctus Real on “The Hands of God 2014 Tour” in Fayetteville, AR, followed by the Word Entertainment / LightWorkers Media (Mark Burnett and Roma Downey) partnership “The Bible: Son of God Tour 2014” this spring.

If We’re Honest comes three years after Battistelli, Christian music’s best-selling new artist in the past 10 years, released her sophomore album, Hundred More Years. With its release she garnered “Artist of the Year,” “Female Vocalist of the Year” and “Pop/Recorded Song of the Year” at the 2011 Dove Awards. Produced by GRAMMY®-nominated and Dove Award-winning producer and her longtime collaborator Ian Eskelin, If We’re Honest reveals her most intimate and accomplished musical statement yet. The forthcoming album, showcasing her trademark pop and soul-infused sound, is currently available for pre-order at iTunes here. Customers that pre-order it will also receive an instant download of “Write Your Story.”

In the coming months Battistelli will be touring in support of If We’re Honest commencing today with the 15-city “Hands of God Tour” with Sanctus Real. Launching on March 20 at Saddleback in Lake Forest, CA, she’ll be featured on the 16-city Word Entertainment / LightWorkers Media (Mark Burnett and Roma Downey) partnership “The Bible: Son of God Tour 2014.” For more information and a complete listing of dates please visit:

“The Hands of God 2014 Tour” Dates:

Feb. 6 – Fayetteville, AR – Christian Life Cathedral Church

Feb. 7 – Decatur, TX – Victory Family Church

Feb. 8 – Metairie, LA – Victory Fellowship

Feb. 14 – Syracuse, NY – CNY Crossroads Inspiration Hall

Feb. 15 – Perry Hall, MD – Perry Hall Family Worship Center

Feb. 16 – Greencastle, PA – Greencastle Antrim High School

Feb. 27 – Monroe, MI – Stewart Road Christian Ministries Center

Feb. 28 – Campbellsville, KY – Living Grace Church

March 1 – Shelbyville, KY – Cornerstone Christian Academy

March 2 – Attica, IN – Attica High School Auditorium

March 6 – La Vista, NE – Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church

March 7 – Castle Rock, CO – The Rock Church

March 8 – Montrose, CO – Montrose Pavilion

March 9 – Artesia, NM – Artesia High School Auditorium

March 14 – Cordele, GA – Crisp County Auditorium

“The Bible: Son of God Tour 2014” Dates:

March 20       Lake Forest, CA – Saddleback Church

March 21       Phoenix, AZ – Vineyard Church

March 22       Albuquerque, NM – Legacy Church

March 23       Denver, CO – Denver First Church of the Nazarene

March 27       Austin, TX – Riverbend Church

March 28       Dallas, TX – Sunnyvale First Baptist Church

March 29       Tulsa, OK – Mabee Center

March 30       Kansas City, MO – Lenexa Christian Center

April 3             Columbus, OH – Grace Polaris Church

April 4             Grand Rapids, MI – Grand Rapids First

April 5             Chicago, IL – Olivet Nazarene University

April 6             Nashville, TN – Allen Arena

April 10          Pittsburgh, PA – Victory Family Church

April 11          Louisville, KY – Northside Christian Church

April 12          Lynchburg, VA – Thomas Road Baptist Church

April 13          Baltimore, MD – APG Federal Credit Union Arena, Hartford Community College

Since her debut in 2008, Francesca Battistelli has earned a Grammy nomination (Best Gospel Performance), six Dove Awards including 2011 “Artist of the Year” and 22 Dove Award nominations. Both her debut album, My Paper Heart (certified gold in 2012), and her 2011 sophomore release, Hundred More Years, took the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s Christian Album chart. With over 978,000 in album sales to date and over 1.8 million single downloads, she is the best-selling new artist in the genre in the past decade. Her music has also been featured on TriStar Picture’s “Soul Surfer,” Columbia Picture’s “Julie and Julia,” TLC’s “Jon & Kate Plus 8,” ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” NBC’s “The Biggest Loser,” Fox’s “So You Think You Can Dance,” and several other television and movie outlets. In addition, this past fall she was featured on over three million Diet Pepsi Cans throughout the U.S.

February 14, 2014

The City Harmonic’s Heart Garners JUNO Award Nomination

iTunes Features Heart For Only $7.99 During Special, Month-Long Sale

The City Harmonic was honored this week with a 2014 JUNO Award nomination for their new, critically acclaimed album, Heart. The album is nominated forContemporary Christian/Gospel Album of the Year and follows the band’s JUNO win in that same category last year for their full-length debut, I Have A Dream (It Feels Like Home).
The new JUNO nomination, presented by the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, is the latest in a long line of honors that includes the band’s Dove Award nomination for New Artist of the Year and four Covenant Awards, including one for Group of the Year. Forming four years ago in their hometown of Hamilton, Ontario, The City Harmonic quickly went from anonymity to widespread acclaim, leading worship and headlining tours across North America while gathering fans from around the world thanks in part to radio hits like “Manifesto,” “Holy (Wedding Day)” and “A City On Hill.”
Co-produced by the band (vocalist and pianist Elias Dummer, bassist Eric Fusilier, guitarist Aaron Powell and drummer Josh Vanderlaan) along with Jared Fox, the JUNO-nominated HEART delves into themes of grace, discipleship and being, and becoming, truly human. The band has been sharing songs from Heartwhile on tour, including their recent fall tour with The Royal Royal and Shawn McDonald, as well as TV appearances for the 2013 Covenant Awards and a Crossroads/CTS special.  The band launches into 2014 with new concerts throughout the winter and spring, including six U.S. events with Acquire The Firebeginning Feb 8.
In time for the winter-spring tour, iTunes is featuring The City Harmonic’s digital deluxe version of Heart, including bonus video content, for only $7.99 throughout the month of February.
For additional information, including tour details and updates, visit or
February 14, 2014

TUNE IN TOMORROW! FRANCESCA BATTISTELLI will be making her national morning TV debut and performing her new single Write Your Story on ABC’s Good Morning America in the 8am hour (ET/PT)

FRANCESCA BATTISTELLI will be making her national morning TV debut and performing her new single “Write Your Story” on ABC’s “Good Morning America” in the 8am hour (ET/PT).