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April 25, 2014

FRANCESCA BATTISTELLI’S THIRD STUDIO ALBUM, IF WE’RE HONEST, AVAILABLE EVERYWHERE TODAY

Battistelli to Perform Lead Single, “Write Your Story,”
Now No. 1 at Hot AC/CHR and AC, on Fox & Friends This Friday

 

Nashville, TN – (April 22, 2014) – GRAMMY®-nominated artist and Christian Music’s best-selling new artist in 10 years,Francesca Battistelli releases her third studio album, If We’re Honest, everywhere today. Her two previous albums, debut release My Paper Heart and sophomore effort Hundred More Years, hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Christian Albums chart and garnered Battistelli a GRAMMY® nomination and Dove Awards’ 2011 “Artist of the Year” honors. In addition, My Paper Heart received RIAA Gold certification marking the only debut album from a CCM artist in 10 years to receive the status. Last Thursday, she also received a Gold record for her second single “Free To Be Me” which spent ten consecutive weeks at No. 1 on CHR and two consecutive weeks at No. 1 on AC Monitored. This Friday, Battistelli will perform the album’s lead single, “Write Your Story,” No. 1 this week at Hot AC / CHR and AC, on Fox News’ “Fox & Friends.” Earlier this year she made her national morning TV debut performing it on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” Battistelli is also featured on SiriusXM’s “The Message: Delivered Live” for a 60-minute special performing songs from If We’re Honest for a live studio audience today at 2pm ET and rebroadcast on Saturday at 8am ET and Sunday at 3pm and 9pm ET.

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 and showcases her trademark pop and soul-infused sound. “This album is a really good reflection of where I am right now,” said Battistelli. “My family and I moved back to Nashville in May, and I went right to work writing for this album. From my perspective, it felt like the pressure was off after that famously terrifying second album and all that was happening back then. This time around, I really just let go of all that self-imposed pressure. Somehow I felt as though I didn’t have to prove as much, even to myself, and I think that allowed me to do my best work.” The 11-track album and 15-track deluxe version of If We’re Honest are available everywhere today and on iTunes athttp://smarturl.it/ifwerehonest.

If We’re Honest has critics applauding:

“Powerhouse singer/songwriter Francesca Battistelli just keeps getting better…it appears the mutli-talented Battistelli has only dug further for this beautiful project. The result is prefection.” – CCM Magazine

“With enough soulful familiarity to satisfy, and the careful touch of some new sonic elements to keep things fresh, listeners have much reason to rejoice with the release of this album. It is undoubtedly Francesca’s best yet, and one of the must-own highlights of the year.” – New Release Tuesday (5/5 stars)

If We’re Honest, produced by Ian Eskelin, is Francesca’s most mature and complete album to date, and my favourite album of the year.” – Christian Music Zine

“A must-have, inspiring, and soulful album…If We’re Honest, is an uplifting masterpiece that digs deep into Francesca’s musical canvas…” – Rockin’ God’s House

If We’re Honest propels Battistelli to the next level sonically… [It] showcases Battistelli’s ability to pen shimmering pop songs filled with relatable lyrics, making Franny feel more like a friend than an award-winning pop songstress.” – Living Light News & The Sound Opinion (5/5 Stars)

“The truths imparted on these tracks are vital to our spiritual wellbeing.” – Christian Music Review

“… an album full of new songs that’s certain to skyrocket her popularity even more, to new heights.” – Indie Vision Music

“In the six years since her debut album, Francesca Battistelli has found her voice. [If We’re Honest is] poppy, friendly, and relatable, and a whole lot of fun to listen to.” – JesusFreakHideoout

If We’re Honest track listing:
1. Write Your Story – written by Francesca Battistelli, David Arthur Garcia and Ben Glover
2. When The Crazy Kicks In – written by Francesca Battistelli , Ian Eskelin and Tony Wood
3. He Knows My Name – written by Francesca Battistelli, Mia Fieldes and Seth Mosley
4. Unusual – written by Francesca Battistelli, Ian Eskelin and Tony Wood
5. Choose To Love – written by Francesca Battistelli, Justin Ebach and Tony Wood
6. Run To Jesus – written by Francesca Battistelli, David Arthur Garcia, Ben Glover and Jennifer Schott
7. Find Rest – written by Francesca Battistelli, Jared Anderson and Ian Eskelin
8. If We’re Honest – written by Francesca Battistelli, Jeff Pardo and Molly E. Reed
9. Giants Fall – written by Francesca Battistelli, Jeff Pardo and Molly E. Reed
10. Hands Of God (Feat. Matt Hammitt) – written by Francesca Battistelli, Matt Hammitt and Seth Mosley
11. We Are The Kingdom – written by Francesca Battistelli, Casey Brown and Jonathan Smith

Deluxe Edition:
12. Holy Spirit – written by Brian & Katie Torwalt
13. Keeping Score – written by Francesca Battistelli and Ben Glover
14. I Am Home – written by Francesca Battistelli, Ian Eskelin and Tony Wood
15. Tonight (Feat. All Sons & Daughters) – written by Francesca Battistelli, Leslie Jordan and David Leonard

Battistelli just wrapped up the Word Entertainment / LightWorkers Media (Mark Burnett and Roma Downey) partnership “The Bible: Son of God Tour 2014,” in association with 20th Century Fox feature film “Son of God” and epic mini-series “The Bible,” with Sidewalk Prophets, Natalie Grant, Chris August, Meredith Andrews and Jason Gray. This spring/summer she can be seen throughout the country at numerous fairs and festivals prior to launching a headlining tour in the fall. For further information and a complete list of dates please visit: www.francescamusic.com.

Since her debut in 2008, Francesca Battistelli has earned a GRAMMY® nomination (Best Gospel Performance), six Dove Awards 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 995,000 in album sales to date and over 1.9 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.

For more information please visit, www.francescamusic.com / facebook.com/francescabattistelli / Follow:@francescamusic

 

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April 25, 2014

PLUMB to perform exclusive songwriter showcase tour presented by ALOFT Hotels, kicking off in Chicago, Kansas City and Tulsa

 

Fresh of an appearance at Napa’s LIVE IN THE VINEYARD, Plumb’s single NEED YOU NOW included in iHeartradio Artist Integration Campaign

 

 

Nashville, TN – After an incredible start to 2014, Curb Records artist PLUMB is slated to perform at exclusive songwriter showcases at ALOFT Hotels. Kicking off in Chicago on May 7, Kansas City on May 8 and Tulsa on May 9, these free acoustic events will be held at WXYZ Lounge inside each individual hotel. Throughout the month of May, all patrons of Aloft hotels nationwide will also receive a free download of the single “Need You Now” via their room keycard.

These Aloft showcases are on the heels of her performance at Napa California’s acclaimed music, food and wine festival – LIVE IN THE VINEYARD. Plumb was honored to participate in this unique invitation only event, where she performed alongside the likes of Sarah McLaughlin, Colbie Caillat, O.A.R., Fitz and the Tantrums and Hunter Hayes.

2014 has already proven to be a game-changer for Plumb. Her multi-genre single “Need You Now”, having already topped Dance and Christian charts, is currently in Clear Channel’s iHeartradio Digital Artist’s Integration platform and will soon impact at Adult Top 40 radio.

Plumb recently completed a run of U.S. arena dates on the tour recently named by Pollstar the top grossing tour of the first quarter of 2014. The tour spanned 58 dates from November 2013 to March 2014, with 34 sellouts and a record-setting attendance of over 700,000.

The early May installment of Aloft Storyteller shows will be held:
May 7 – Chicago, IL at Aloft Chicago City Center. 5:30pm. 515 Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60654
May 8 – Kansas City, KY at Aloft Leawood – Overland Park. 6:00pm. 11620 Ash Street, Overland Park, KS 66211
May 9 – Tulsa, OK at Aloft Tulsa. 6:30pm. 6716 S. 104th East Avenue, Tulsa, OK 74133

About PLUMB:
Throughout her decade+ career as a songwriter and recording artist, PLUMB has established a highly respected multi-format voice, selling over half a million albums and 3 million singles worldwide. PLUMB has continually defied genre definition, becoming “known for a wide-ranging musical palette, which has led to success on multiple Billboard charts” (BILLBOARD, July 2013). Her otherworldly voice has make her a perfect fit on numerous soundtracks and TV placements (most recently with Vampire Diaries, Gossip Girl and Pretty Little Liars), and her honesty has made her a coveted songwriter, with songs recorded by artists such as Mandy Moore, Michelle Branch, and Natalie Grant. PLUMB has also garnered wide acceptance in the dance/remix community, collaborating with EDM heavyweights Paul Van Dyk and BT, and has seen six Top 5’s and three #1 Billboard Hot Dance singles in the past 5 years. Plumb’s latest album, NEED YOU NOW, is proving to be her strongest yet, crossing 90k albums plus another 363k singles on the back of break out single “Need You Now,” which has already spent multiple weeks at #1 on various charts, and is preparing to impact the Hot A/C format.

 

 

PLUMB HIGHLIGHTS:
o Latest album at 92k album sales (130k+ total including singles-to-album aggregate)
o Facebook: 217k+; Email List: 32k+; Twitter: 27k+
o Featured on WinterJam 2014 58-date US arena tour November-March (700k audience); Headline & festival dates to over 250k in 2013
o 500,000+ album and 3+ Million track sales worldwide
o Ten #1s and numerous other top charting singlesacross USA, UK, Europe, & Russia
o Five Top 5 (Three #1) Billboard Hot Dance Airplay/Club hits
o DON’T DESERVE YOU (single) – collaborative remix and video with Paul van Dyk (http://youtu.be/QMt2hw62374)
o NEED YOU NOW (single) – 280k iTunes singles sold
– impacting Mainstream Hot A/C April 2014
– 100,000+ certified spins at radio (5 weeks at #1 CHA/C , #3 CA/C, and #1 CA/C Canada)
– 1M+ Spotify plays
– #5 on Billboard Club/Dance chart
– 3 Million+ YouTube views of lyric and live videos

 

 

April 25, 2014

NEEDTOBREATHE Debuts at No. 3 on Billboard 200 and No. 1 on Christian Albums Chart

Band returns to The Late Show with David Letterman tonight

Watch “The Heart” on The Ellen Degeneres Show

North American tour extended another two months

CBS This Morning performance confirmed for May 3

 

 

 

Nashville, Tenn. (April 23, 2014) – NEEDTOBREATHE and Atlantic/Word Records are thrilled to announce that the band’s new album Rivers In the Wasteland has debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 and No. 1 on the Christian Albums Chart. Released last week, Rivers went straight to No. 1 on the iTunes® chart and stayed in the Top 10 all week.

The band performed new single “The Heart” on The Ellen DeGeneres Show last Friday, a song the UK’s Clash Magazine spotlights as “strident, anthemic songwriting” that “matches Southern rock to gilded Americana with the trio’s voices gathered in rapture.” Watch the performance here: http://www.ellentv.com/videos/0-rjytdfgl

NEEDTOBREATHE will return to The Late Show with David Letterman tonight for a performance of “The Heart,” joined by the legendary Paul Shaffer.

The band’s single “Difference Maker” continues to the climb the charts, hitting the Top 10 this week at CHR. The band’s next single “Multiplied” went for adds last week and was picked up by 29 Christian AC stations, making it the most added single at Christian AC.

Rivers In the Wasteland impressed fans and critics alike last week following its release. NewReleaseTuesday.com said, “You’ll be hooked right from the opening notes…” while JesusFreakHideout.com praised a “welcome return for the South Carolina boys, and already one of the best releases of 2014.”

The band’s North American headlining that kicks off May 1 has been extended for another two months. The additional leg sees the band performing in Austin, New York, Philadelphia and Boston. See the full list of dates below.

On May 3, NEEDTOBREATHE will perform on CBS This Morning Saturday’s “Saturday Sessions.”

Listen to Rivers In the Wasteland, which has already been spotlighted by USA Today, Yahoo, RELEVANT, HitFix, Team Coco and Paste, here: www.needtobreathe.com/riversinthewasteland

Tour Dates:

5/1/14 – Gillioz Theatre – Springfield, MO *
5/2/14 – Brady Theater – Tulsa, OK *
5/3-4/14 – Suburbia Music Festival – Plano, TX
5/5/14 – Marquee Theatre – Phoenix, AZ *
5/6/14 – The Wiltern – Los Angeles, CA *
5/7/14 – The Fillmore – San Francisco, CA *
5/9/14 – The Neptune – Seattle, WA *
5/10/14 – The Neptune – Seattle, WA *
5/11/14 – Vogue Theatre – Vancouver, BC *
5/14/14 – The Fillmore – Denver, CO *
5/15/14 – Uptown Theater – Kansas City, MO *
5/16-18/14 – Hangout Festival – Gulf Shores, AL *
5/31/14 – The Tabernacle – Atlanta, GA *
6/1/14 – The Tabernacle – Atlanta, GA *
6/3/14 – Stage AE – Pittsburgh, PA *
6/5/14 – House of Blues – Cleveland, OH *
6/6/14 – Murat Theatre – Indianapolis, IN *
6/8/14 – Pabst Theater – Milwaukee, WI *
6/10/14 – Simon Estes – Des Moines, IA *
6/12/14 – Skyway Theatre – Minneapolis, MN *
6/13/14 – The Pageant – St. Louis, MO *
6/14/14 – House of Blues – Chicago, IL *
6/15/14 – House of Blues – Chicago, IL *
6/17/14 – Town Ballroom – Buffalo, NY *
6/19/14 – Danforth Theatre – Toronto, ON
6/20/14 – The Fillmore – Detroit, MI *
6/21/14 – Meijer Gardens – Grand Rapids, MI *

8/16/14 – DownPour Festival – Great Falls, MT **
8/20/14 – Tennessee Theatre – Knoxville, TN **
8/21/14 – Tennessee Theatre – Knoxville, TN **
8/22/14 – The Uptown Amphitheatre – Charlotte, NC **
8/24/14 – Durham Performing Arts Center – Durham, NC **
9/4/14 – Austin Music Hall – Austin, TX **
9/5/14 – Bayou Music Hall – Houston, TX **
9/8/14 – River Center Baton Rouge – Baton Rouge, LA **
9/9/14 – Orpheum Theatre – Memphis, TN **
9/11/14 – Alabama Theatre – Birmingham, AL **
9/13/14 – The Woods at Fontanel – Nashville, TN **
9/16/14 – The NorVa – Norfolk, VA **
9/18/14 – North Charleston PAC – Charleston, SC **
9/19/14 – Littlejohn Coliseum – Clemson, SC **
9/22/14 – The Fillmore – Silver Spring, MD **
9/24/14 – Theatre of the Living Arts – Philadelphia, PA **
9/25/14 – Theatre of the Living Arts – Philadelphia, PA **
9/26/14 – House of Blues – Boston, MA **
9/27/14 – Best Buy Theater – New York, NY **
* With Foy Vance
** With The Oh Hellos

 

 

About NEEDTOBREATHE:
NEEDTOBREATHE is an American Rock ‘n’ Roll Band from South Carolina, effortlessly woven from the musical traditions and faith of their upbringing in the Deep South of the United States. Made up of brothers Bear Rinehart (vocals, guitar) and Bo Rinehart (guitar, vocals), as well as Seth Bolt (bass, vocals), the band hit their big break in 2005 when they signed to Atlantic/Lava/Word Records. The career to follow would include five full studio albums, chart-topping cross-genre success, multiple headlining tours and media coverage on CONAN, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Ellen Degeneres Show, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, The Late Show with David Letterman, MTV, FOX and much more. The band’s fifth studio album, Rivers In the Wasteland, is available now.

[Get Connected with NEEDTOBREATHE]
Website // needtobreathe.com
Facebook // facebook.com/needtobreathe
Twitter // twitter.com/needtobreathe
YouTube // youtube.com/NEEDTOBREATHEVIDEOS

 

 

 

 

April 25, 2014

GSN ANNOUNCES SPECIAL TWO-HOUR PREMIERE EVENT FOR THIRD SEASON OF “THE AMERICAN BIBLE CHALLENGE,” THURSDAY, MAY 22 AT 8 PM (ET/PT)

Comedian and Author Jeff Foxworthy and Grammy® Winner Kirk Franklin Return
As Record-Breaking Original Series Kicks Off Season Three With Two Back-To-Back Original Episodes

New York, NY (April 23, 2014) – GSN announced today the third season premiere of its highest rated original series of all time,THE AMERICAN BIBLE CHALLENGE, a one-hour game show hosted by Jeff Foxworthy in which contestants compete based on their knowledge of the Bible. Season three premieres on Thursday, May 22nd at 8 PM (ET/PT) with two back-to-back original episodes and continues with new episodes Thursdays at 8 PM (ET/PT) on GSN.

In addition to 9 original episodes, season three of THE AMERICAN BIBLE CHALLENGE will bring a new set of diverse, fun and colorful contestants which include a team of former beauty queens, motorcycle riding priests, police officers and Mormon moms. THE AMERICAN BIBLE CHALLENGE has also added brand new games that put the contestant’s spiritual and physical talents to the test with new categories that include “Christ or Klingon” in which contestants have to guess whether words are from the Bible or Star Trek’s Klingon language; “Curse You Autocorrect” where contestants must decipher a typed Bible passage that has been “autocorrected” and “Nazareth Enquirer” with sensational Biblical headlines that could have appeared in a tabloid. Barry Poznick (“Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader,” “Lingo”) joins Tom Forman as Executive Producer for new season.

Comedian Jeff Foxworthy hosts this lively studio-based game in which contestants compete by answering questions drawn from the rich, dense narrative found in the world’s best-selling book. In addition, the contestants share their compelling back-stories and each team plays for a charitable organization. GRAMMY® winner and multi-platinum-selling musician and producer Kirk Franklin, known for his unique style of Gospel music, serves as musical co-host of THE AMERICAN BIBLE CHALLENGE.

THE AMERICAN BIBLE CHALLENGE garnered the network’s highest delivery in its 18-year history with 1.7 million total viewers for its August 23, 2012 series premiere. Factoring in the encore airing, the premiere episode was watched by over 2 million viewers. The second season premiered on March 21, 2013 and built upon the success of season one with year-to-year increases of +34% W18-49 and +17% W25-54. THE AMERICAN BIBLE CHALLENGE has now been seen by over 21 million viewers.

THE AMERICAN BIBLE CHALLENGE is produced by Relativity Television for GSN, with Relativity Television’s Tom Forman (“Extreme Makeover: Home Edition”) serving as Executive Producer. Barry Poznick (“Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader,” “Lingo) also serves as Executive Producer. Nick Stuart and Maura Dunbar of Odyssey Networks are Consulting Producers. Odyssey Networks is the country’s largest multi-faith coalition dedicated to producing and distributing media that creates understanding among people of different beliefs and perspectives. Jeff Foxworthy also serves as Producer. Embassy Row’s Michael Davies as well as Parallel Entertainment’s J.P. Williams and Jennifer Novak serve as Executive Producers.

About RealativityREAL
Under the leadership of award-winning producer Tom Forman (“Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” “Kid Nation,”) Relativity’s television arm launched in June 2008. The division has quickly become one of the country’s largest suppliers of unscripted television. RelativityREAL currently has 70 projects in active production, including 17 original series. In addition, the division is developing a slate of scripted sitcoms, dramas, and sketch comedy series to be released in the upcoming year. RelativityREAL’s executive ranks are bolstered by overall production deals with TV veterans Jay Blumenfield and Tony Marsh, Ashley Tisdale’s Blondie Girl Productions, executive producer Ellen Rakieten (“The Oprah Winfrey Show”), Ray Ricord, Bogner Entertainment and This Is Just A Test Productions.

About GSN
GSN is a multimedia entertainment company that offers original and classic game programming and competitive entertainment via its 80-million subscriber television network and digital game sites. GSN’s cross-platform content gives game lovers the opportunity to win cash and prizes, through GSN’s popular TV game shows and GSN Games’ free casual games, mobile and social games, and skill-game tournaments. GSN’s television network is distributed throughout the U.S., Caribbean and Canada by all major cable operators, satellite providers and telcos. GSN is owned by Sony Pictures Entertainment and DIRECTV. For further information, please visit GSNTV.com.

 

April 25, 2014

FLY AWAY TO PUERTO RICO WITH MICHAEL W. SMITH & NATASHA OWENS

 

 

Dallas, TX – Michael W. Smith and Natasha Owens will spend Memorial Day weekend in Puerto Rico and you can join them! A very special VIP Auction, sponsored by Gatorwire, has been announced which will benefit the work of Stepping Stone Support. Reneé Lynn Scott founded the Stepping Stone organization in 2005 after her own battle with cancer.

Individuals interested in placing an bid for the VIP trip auction can do so by visiting www.NatashaOwensMusic.com and clicking on the poster. Through a special partnership with Gatorwire, Natasha Owens is donating this trip and all proceeds from the auction will go directly to Stepping Stone.

One winner of the auction will experience the following:

 

  • 2 Tickets to the Michael W. Smith featuring Natasha Owens concert on May 24 at Coliseo De Puerto Rico
  • 2 Meet and greets with Michael W. Smith & Natasha Owens
  • 2 Coach airline tickets
  • Hotel Accommodations at the Ritz Carlton for 4 days and 3 nights
  • Ground transportation to and from airport limited to Puerto Rico 

    To place a bid, visit www.NatashaOwensMusic.com.
    For more information on the work of Stepping Stone, visit www.steppingstonesupport.org.

    ABOUT NATASHA OWENS
    Just one listen to the voice of Natasha Owens and it’s evident that she “comes from music.” Growing up, Natasha was constantly surrounded by music – her family is comprised of singers, musicians and songwriters – and she “cut her teeth” singing in church. When you hear her infectious voice woven through beautifully intricate melodies delivering life-changing songs, you know this young woman believes and knows the One she sings about. Natasha, husband David and two sons live in Dallas, TX.www.NatashaOwensMusic.com | www.Facebook.com/NatasaOwensMusic | www.Twitter.com/TashaOwensMusic

    ABOUT MICHAEL W. SMITH
    Michael W. Smith is an acclaimed singer, songwriter, and musician who has sold more than 15 million albums, achieved 28 No. 1 songs, earned three GRAMMY® Awards, one American Music Award, and more than 40 Dove Awards. Throughout his career, the Contemporary Christian Music artist has had the opportunity to sing for several Presidents and national leaders. He actively supports the teen club Rocketown, Compassion International, and Samaritan’s Purse, the ministry headed by Franklin Graham. Michael and his wife Debbie live in Middle Tennessee, where they raised their five children. His first studio worship album since 2008, Sovereign, will be available in stores on May 13, 2014. For more information, visit www.michaelwsmith.com.

 

April 25, 2014

ERICA CAMPBELL TOPS BILLBOARD GOSPEL CHART FOR 4 WEEKS IN A ROW

 

 

New York, NY (April 23, 2014) — Erica Campbell remains strong at the top of Billboard’s Top Gospel chart this week. Her debut solo album, HELP, released last month has been the Number 1 album for 4 consecutive weeks. Additionally, both singles: title track “Help,” and Grammy nominated “A Little More Jesus” appear in the Top 10 on the digital sales chart. “Help” has remained a top 10 single for 5 weeks peaking at number 6.

Erica has a full summer planned including an upcoming performance on BET’s Sunday Best and high profile appearances at the Essence Music Festival and New Orleans Jazz Festival.

She’ll also headline the 2014 McDonald’s Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour which kicks off next month. Back for its eighth year, the free summer concert series sets out May 10 and runs through July 25 to deliver messages of hope and inspiration to communities nationwide. For more information about the ICGT log onto: www.365Black.com.

Erica is also enjoying success with the third season of the WE tv hit “Mary Mary.” “Mary Mary” has been garnering their highest ratings ever. Considered the most personal season ever, the show chronicled Erica and sister Tina’s lives through an extremely difficult year. The season finale is May 15th on WE tv at 9pm / 8pm.

 

 

April 23, 2014

Francesca Battistelli Releases Her Brand New Album, If We’re Honest, Today !!!

 

Christian music darling, bestselling artist and all-round rock star, Francesca Battistelli, releases her new album in 2 years today.  You can get the new album entitled, “If We’re Honest” on iTunes, amazon and everywhere fine music is sold.

 

Her first two albums hit #1 on Billboard’s Christian albums list and garnered her a GRAMMY nomination and the Dove Award’s “Artist of the Year” honors in 2011. She is the only female in 20 years to win the title (Amy Grant was prior in 1992).  In February she performed the album’s lead single “Write Your Story” (currently #3 at NCA) on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” She’ll perform it again on “Fox & Friends” this Friday. Also, this past week iTunes selected her for their “First Play” streaming the album in its entirety until street date.

 

 

April 23, 2014

FRANCESCA BATTISTELLI EARNS GOLD CERTIFICATION FOR FREE TO BE ME ALBUM

Third Studio Album, If We’re Honest, Available Everywhere Tomorrow

 

Battistelli

Photo ID: Francesca Battistelli, husband and drummer Matt Goodwin, producer Ian Eskelin, Rod Riley (President & CEO, Word Entertainment), Josh Bailey (Sr. VP of A&R, Word Entertainment), Kellyn Bailey (Brand Manager, Word Entertainment) and Word Entertainment staff celebrating the Gold certification on April 18 at Word’s Music Row offices.

Nashville, TN – (April 21, 2014) – Christian Music’s best-selling new artist in 10 years, Francesca Battistelli, earned Gold certification by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for her GRAMMY® nominated single “Free To Be Me.” Word Entertainment President & CEO, Rod Riley, surprised Francesca with the Gold record at a private Nashville album launch event on Thursday. “Free To Be Me” is the second single off her debut album, My Paper Heart, and spent ten consecutive weeks at No. 1 on CHR and two consecutive weeks at No. 1 on AC Monitored in 2009. In 2012, Francesca received a Gold record for My Paper Heart marking the first debut album from a CCM artist in nearly a decade to receive RIAA-certified Gold status for sales in excess of 500,000 units. Casting Crowns’ 2003 release was the last CCM debut album to receive RIAA Gold certification. Tomorrow, Francesca’s third studio album, If We’re Honest, is set to release worldwide. It is currently being streamed in its entirety as an iTunes Radio First Play at http://smarturl.it/fbfirstplay and is available for pre-order on iTunes at http://smarturl.it/ifwerehonest.

Since her debut in 2008, Francesca Battistelli has earned a GRAMMY® nomination (Best Gospel Performance), six Dove Awards 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 995,000 in album sales to date and over 1.9 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.

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For more information please visit, www.francescamusic.com /  facebook.com/francescabattistelli / Follow:@francescamusic

 

April 23, 2014

WORD ENTERTAINMENT PARTNERS WITH CURB ENTERTAINMENT FOR INTERNATIONAL FILM DISTRIBUTION

 

Word Entertainment—a leading Christian entertainment company offering an array of artist services including recorded music, publishing, merchandising, booking and marketing—today announced that it has partnered with international feature film production and distribution company Curb Entertainment, to distribute Word Entertainment’s faith-based films outside of the US.  The inaugural slate of films will include The Perfect SummerMy Name Is PaulThe Trail (Let God)Hope for Hurting HeartsMother India,Season of a LifetimeVeil of Tears, and more, which will be showcased at the 2014 CANNES Film Market in Cannes, France.

 

“There is an enormous and growing market for films that provide wholesome family entertainment, and Word Entertainment proudly offers thought-provoking films that tell stories of faith, hope, love, and redemption,” said Rod Riley, President & CEO, Word Entertainment. “I am thrilled that we are partnering with Carole Curb and Curb Entertainment to expand our reach and bring these great works to audiences around the world.”

 

Carole Curb, President, Curb Entertainment, added, “We are proud to build upon a very successful relationship between Word and Curb by having the opportunity to work directly on the exciting films that Rod Riley and his team have assembled. Our company has had a 30-year history of film distribution, and we are excited to join with Word in the sales and marketing of its films.”

 

Carole Curb, who has successfully grown Curb Entertainment into one of the most respected independent film companies in the world, will be heading up the charge for Curb. Curb Entertainment will provide international sales and marketing, and will maintain a presence at major film festivals and markets.

 

Recently, Word Entertainment has continued to expand its reach and offerings in Christian entertainment beyond music and film, including by becoming the only Christian content company to have booking, live events and strategic partnerships divisions in-house. Through this division, Word launched The Son of God Tour 2014. This epic two-hour live event, a Word Entertainment collaboration with producer and actress Roma Downey’s (“Touched by an Angel,” “The Bible,” Son of God) and producer Mark Burnett‘s (“The Voice,” “Survivor,” “The Apprentice,” “Shark Tank,” “The Bible,” Son of God) company LightWorkers Media, visited 16 cities nationwide March 20-April 13. “The Bible: SON OF GOD Tour 2014” brought the epic miniseries “The Bible” and the 20th Century Fox feature film Son of God to life in sight and sound with immersive video and stunning visual effects paired with live, in-person performances by GRAMMY®-nominated artist Francesca Battistelli, Sidewalk Prophets, GRAMMY®-nominated artist Natalie Grant, Chris August, Meredith Andrews and Jason Gray. These award-winning artists performed their biggest radio hits alongside the chronological telling of the story of Christ in a one-of-a-kind concert event.

 

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, Sidewalk Prophets, VERIDIA and Zealand 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.

 

About Curb Entertainment

Curb Entertainment formed in 1984 to concentrate on film production and distribution. A member of the Independent Film and Television Alliance (IFTA), Curb Entertainment maintains a major presence at major film and television markets including the American Film Market (AFM), CANNES Film Festival, MIPCOM, MIP-TV, and EFM. The company’s record division, Curb Records, remains one of the largest independent labels in the world.

 

 

April 23, 2014

FRANCESCA BATTISTELLI NEW ALBUM IF WE’RE HONEST NOW STREAMING IN ITS ENTIRETY EXCLUSIVELY ON ITUNES RADIO

AVAILABLE EVERYWHERE ON APRIL 22

Beginning today, fans can stream GRAMMY®-nominated artist Francesca Battistelli’s third studio album, If We’re Honest, exclusively as a First Play on iTunes Radio at http://smarturl.it/fbfirstplay. With the stream, fans will have their first and only opportunity to hear the album from Christian music’s best-selling new artist in the past 10 years in its entirety before its release on April 22. Battistelli’s two previous albums, My Paper Heart and Hundred More Years, hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Christian Albums chart and garnered her a GRAMMY® nomination and five Dove Awards including the prestigious “Artist of the Year” honors. On February 13, Battistelli made her national morning television debut performing the album’s lead single and current No. 3 hit, “Write Your Story,” on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

Produced by GRAMMY®-nominated and Dove Award-winning producer and Battistelli’s longtime collaborator Ian Eskelin, If We’re Honestreveals her most intimate and accomplished musical statement yet and showcases her trademark pop and soul-infused sound. The deluxe version of her forthcoming album is currently available for pre-order at iTunes here http://smarturl.it/ifwerehonest. It features four bonus tracks – “Holy Spirit,” “Keeping Score,” “I Am Home” and “Tonight (Feat. All Sons & Daughters)” – and instant downloads of “Write Your Story,” “When The Crazy Kicks In” and “He Knows My Name.”

 

Since her debut in 2008, Francesca Battistelli has earned a GRAMMY® nomination (Best Gospel Performance), six Dove Awards 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 995,000 in album sales to date and over 1.9 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.

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For more information please visit, www.francescamusic.com /  facebook.com/francescabattistelli / Follow:@francescamusic

April 3, 2014

CRACKER BARREL CELEBRATES MICHAEL W. SMITH’S HYMNS ALBUM WHICH DEBUTS AT NO. 2 ON NIELSEN SOUNDSCAN’S TOP CURRENT CONTEMPORARY CHRISTIAN ALBUM CHART

Album is the Newest Release from the Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® Exclusive Music Program and Can Be Purchased Exclusively at All Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Locations and CrackerBarrel.com

Contemporary Christian music artist Michael W. Smith has debuted at No. 2 on Nielsen SoundScan’s Top Current Contemporary Christian Album Chart (week ending 3/30/2014) with his latest album Hymns. The album also debuted at No. 25 on Nielsen SoundScan’s Top Current Albums Chart (week ending 3/30/2014). This is the latest project from the Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® exclusive music program, and can be purchased exclusively at all 626 Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® locations and CrackerBarrel.com.

“Michael made a wonderful and inspiring album that is quickly becoming a favorite with our guests,” said Julie Craig, Cracker Barrel Marketing Manager. “Everyone at Cracker Barrel congratulates him on debuting at No. 2 on the album charts with Hymnsand we look forward to continued success together!”

Hymns contains 15 classic Christian songs, many of which Smith grew up singing in church with his family. Songs include such timeless Hymns as “Great is Thy Faithfulness,” “How Great Thou Art,” “It Is Well,” “Old Rugged Cross,” and more. The album retails for $11.99.

Smith is an acclaimed singer, songwriter, and musician who has sold more than 15 million albums, achieved 28 No. 1 songs, earned three GRAMMY Awards, one American Music Award, and more than 40 Dove Awards. Throughout his career, the Contemporary Christian artist has had the opportunity to sing for Presidents and national leaders, and counts among his friends the Reverend Billy Graham and his son, Franklin Graham. He actively supports the teen club Rocketown, Compassion International, and Samaritan’s Purse, the ministry headed by Franklin Graham. Michael and his wife Debbie live in Middle Tennessee, where they raised their five children. For more information, visit www.michaelwsmith.com.

About the Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® Exclusive Music Program 
Michael W. Smith’s Hymns is the latest CD release in the Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® exclusive music program. Since 2005, Cracker Barrel has released CDs with a wide variety of artists, some of which have debuted in the top three spots on a range of Billboard’s charts including Top DVD Music Videos, Top Country Albums, Top Contemporary Christian Albums and Top Bluegrass Albums. The Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® exclusive music program includes CDs with Alabama, Rodney Atkins, Mandy Barnett, Clint Black, Jason Michael Carroll, Steven Curtis Chapman, Dailey & Vincent, The Charlie Daniels Band, Ronnie Dunn, Edens Edge, Sara Evans, Bill Gaither, Vince Gill and Paul Franklin, Amy Grant, The Grascals, Merle Haggard, Alan Jackson, George Jones, Alison Krauss & Union Station, Montgomery Gentry, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, Craig Morgan, The Oak Ridge Boys, Brad Paisley, Dolly Parton, Smokey Robinson, Kenny Rogers, Ricky Skaggs, Aaron Tippin, Randy Travis, Josh Turner, Wynonna, and the Zac Brown Band. For details, visit crackerbarrel.com.

About Cracker Barrel Old Country Store 
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. provides a friendly home-away-from-home in its old country stores and restaurants. Guests are cared for like family while relaxing and enjoying real home-style food and shopping that’s surprisingly unique, genuinely fun and reminiscent of America’s country heritage…all at a fair price. The restaurant serves up delicious, home-style country food such as meatloaf and homemade chicken n’ dumplins as well as its made-from-scratch biscuits using an old family recipe. The authentic old country retail store is fun to shop and offers unique gifts and self-indulgences. Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. (Nasdaq: CBRL) was established in 1969 in Lebanon, Tenn. and operates 626 company-owned locations in 42 states. Every Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® location is open seven days a week with hours Sunday through Thursday, 6 a.m. – 10 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, 6 a.m. – 11 p.m. For more information, visit crackerbarrel.com.

 

April 3, 2014

Montell Jordan Guest Speaks at Nashville’s Belmont University Christian Faith Development Convocation

 

 

Worship pastor, CCM artist and R&B legend, Montell Jordan, was invited to be the guest speaker this week at Belmont University’s Christian Faith Development Convocation in Nashville, TN. The event was co-sponsored by the Black Student Association and the Curb College of Entertainment & Music Business. Jordan spoke on “The Power of Music” to the standing room only audience of students. Jordan is currently the worship pastor at Victory World Church in Atlanta, GA and has become a frequent guest speaker about the spiritual impact of faith and worship music. Jordan’s upcoming keynote speaking engagements include the University of St. Francis Performing Arts Center, Fort Wayne, IN on May 3rd, Birmingham, AL on June 7th at the Riverfront Amphitheatre for a youth rally and forum, and June 8th at Birmingham’s Draper Correctional Facility, where Jordan will speak to young male inmates.

Left to Right: Keayana Robinson, Cameron Bryant, Belmont Black Student Association; Montell Jordan; RiTara Williams, Belmont Black Student Association; Ashlyn Whiteside, event coordinator

 

The Belmont speaking engagement came on the heels of a Nicaragua missions trip last week through Life Link International, where Jordan re-connected with two young boys that are sponsored by his family and friends. At the same time, Jordan has started songwriting for the next album from Victory World Music that is scheduled for a fall 2014 release.

For more information about Montell Jordan and Victory World Music please visit online; www.victoryworldmusic.com,www.facebook.com/montelljordan or on twitter at @montelljordan.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

April 3, 2014

Christian Music Trailblazer Carman Launches New CD And US Tour

‘No Plan B’ CD Presale Set For May 13, Releases May 27

North American ‘Live Across America Presents: No Plan B Tour’ Dates Announced

After a 10 year hiatus, Christian Music Trailblazer and Platinum-Selling Recording ArtistCarman is set to release a new studio album, ‘No Plan B,’ on May 27 through his independent label Norway Avenue Records and Capital Christian Distribution. On May 13, the ‘No Plan B’ presale launches with an instant download track. In support of the new release, Carman hits the road May 29 on his ‘Live Across America Presents: No Plan B Tour’ making stops at venues across the country bringing new music to friends and fans nationwide.

“The main message of the whole album can be found in the title track, ‘No Plan B,’ which is how I’ve lived all these years,” said Carman. “Even if I only have a few more on this earth, I’ll still be preaching, giving altar calls, winning souls for the kingdom and singing the songs that have the power to bring deliverance into people’s lives, whether it be in front of 20 people or 20,000 people. God doesn’t call us to be popular. He calls us to be effective and that’s always been my goal, effective right up to the end. Jesus is ‘Plan A.’ There is ‘No Plan B.'”

‘No Plan B’ includes 12 tracks penned and performed by Carman, and produced by Carman and his production partners Ted T and Tre’ Corely. The CD and tour were made possible through the unprecedented fan response to the crowd-funding platform Kickstarter campaign he launched after opening up on social media about a cancer diagnosis in 2013. The campaign was wildly successful – the second most funded Kickstarter music campaign ever – and set the tone for the momentum behind the release of ‘No Plan B’ and major national tour, ‘Live Across America Presents: No Plan B Tour.’ Carman found a renewed vision and purpose for his ministry when the fans spoke, and a Carman buzz was rekindled that inspired the artist to record a new CD and tour again.

“I was diagnosed in 2013 and was planning on having 2-3 good years left, but I didn’t want to keep it a secret,” confirmed Carman. “I posted the news on Facebook and wanted to be honest and upright about it with anyone who asked. So many people started sharing stories of what they went through and posted photos of their heads wrapped up because their hair was gone. When I hear a story like that, my instinct is to reach out and cheer them up.” Carman’s collection of songs features the title track “No Plan B,” and “God Made Man,” the latest of Carman’s many cheeky character songs featuring a “Sopranos”-styled mob cast, but with an Italian accented narrator who’s wholeheartedly committed to Christ, the gripping patriotic ballad “The Flag,” which sends a very well-timed reminder that we will always be “one nation under God” and our faith can never be silenced, and an updated version of “Jesus Heal Me” with new production, a true touchstone of the album that’s bound to continue its role as a concert standard. “I’ve always sought to minister to the best of my ability. I wanted to help win as many souls for the kingdom as I possibly could,” sums up Carman. “Now I meet people who say ‘my life was so messed up 20 years ago, but I went to your concert, got saved and now I’m a worship pastor.’ Stories like that just go to show you how somebody’s life can completely turn around. I’m like a soldier who serves their country. I just want to serve people, and if just one guy gets it, then it’s all been worth it.”

The first set of dates for Carman’s ‘Live Across America Presents: No Plan B Tour’ are on sale at iTickets.com. For the latest on ‘No Plan B’ and the tour, visit www.carman.org.

‘No Plan B’ track listing:
1. No Plan B | Words and Music by Carman
2. Time 2 P.T.L. | Words and Music by Carman
3. I’m Coming Home | Words and Music by Carman
4. God Made Man | Words and Music by Carman
5. Peace Of The Lord – feat. Hope Loftis | Words and Music by Carman
6. Jesus Heal Me | Words and Music by Carman
7. It’s All In His Hands| Words and Music by Carman
8. Another Day | Words and Music by Carman
9. Yes Yes | Words and Music by Carman
10. I Did My Best | Words and Music by Carman
11. That’s My King / Radically Saved | Words and Music by Carman
12. The Flag | Words and Music by Carman

Connect with Carman:
WEBSITE: www.carmantv.com | www.carman.org
FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/CarmanLicciardello
TWITTER: www.twitter.com/carmantv

ABOUT CARMAN: He was the only Christian artist able to fill stadiums all the world over, from record holdings like 72,132 people at Texas Stadium, over 50,000 in Johannesburg, South Africa, and another 80,000 in Chattanooga, Tennessee. A grand total of 4.5 million cumulative fans attended three national tours, including his extensive “Heart Of A Champion” tour. He’s collected the most names of any American citizen, one million signatures, on a petition supporting prayer in public schools and had more than one million people accept Christ salvation at his events. Add in seven Dove Awards, a quartet of Grammy nominations, plus 16 RIAA Certified Platinum and Gold albums and videos amassing to well over 10 million cumulative career record sales, and Carman isn’t just one of the most decorated artists within faith-based circles, but quite literally one of the most flourishing, innovative and influential artists of all time. More than a singer, songwriter, video pioneer, speaker and all around evangelist, Carman branched out into many TV and movie roles, such as “Carman: The Champion” or guesting on “The Bobby Jones Gospel Hour” (which was the most watched gospel show on the BET network in 20 years!) He also broke ground as the first ever Christian music artist to write and release an action adventure novel (“Undefeated: In Love and War”) and even joined the likes of President and Mrs. Reagan and Dr. Billy Graham as a House of Hope Humanitarian Award recipient. Carman’s discography includes acclaimed albums such as ‘The Champion,’ ‘Revival In The Land,’ ‘Addicted To Jesus,’ ‘The Standard,’ ‘R.I.O.T. (Righteous Invasion of Truth)’ and ‘Mission 3:16.’ ‘No Plan B’ is available in May 2014.

 

 

April 3, 2014

Integrity Music Announces Global Release For New Songs 4 Worship™ Worship Classics

The 2-Disc Set, Featuring Paul Baloche, Matt Redman, Tim Hughes, Darlene Zschech, Delirious? and Lincoln Brewster, 
Is Latest Addition to the Multi-Platinum Selling Series

 

 

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Songs 4 Worship™, the multi-platinum series created by Integrity Music and Time Life Music, has become one of Christian music’s most trusted brands, selling over 25 million products and consistently delivering the most popular worship songs by leading artists and worship leaders. On April 15, Integrity releases the 41stinstallment in this landmark series, Songs 4 Worship™ Worship Classics, a two-disc, 25-song collection filled with treasured songs such as “Blessed Be Your Name,” “Revelation Song,” “10,000 Reasons,” “Mighty To Save,” “In Christ Alone” and “Hosanna.” 
Originally launched in 2001, the Songs 4 Worship™ series has featured CDs and DVDs representing a variety of genres and styles including Gospel, country, hymns, children’s and Spanish titles. The series has also been an international hit, selling millions of units in the UK/Europe and earning multi Platinum, Platinum and Gold RIAA certification in the U.S. and Gold certification in Australia, Canada and the UK. It is one of the best-selling music series in Christian music and has remained Time Life’s biggest music series launch to date. 
Songs 4 Worship™ Worship Classics represents songs that have traveled the globe, finding their way into houses of worship and hearts of believers from all walks of life,” says Steve Nicolle, Integrity’s Vice President of Sales/Marketing.  “It is a must-have collection for worship music lovers and it makes an ideal gift for those who are looking to introduce friends and family to great worship music.”
The Worship Classics collection features original recordings from Paul Baloche, Tim Hughes, Matt Redman, Brenton Brown, Darlene Zschech, Delirious?, Gateway Worship/Kari Jobe, Soul Survivor, Don Moen and Brian Doerksen among others. (A complete tracklist including featured artists follows.)
Songs 4 Worship™ Worship Classics will be featured in Christian and mainstream stores around the globe, including major North American Christian retail chains such as Lifeway, Family and Mardel, and mainstream retailers including Walmart and Amazon. Worship Classics will also be available through major digital service providers including iTunes.
The complete tracklist for Songs 4 Worship™ Worship Classics is as follows:
Disc 1
1.     Blessed Be Your Name (Matt Redman)
2.     Come Now Is The Time To Worship (Brian Doerksen)
3.     Open The Eyes Of My Heart (Paul Baloche)
4.     10,000 Reasons (Soul Survivor & Momentum featuring Tom Field)
5.     Above All (Lenny LeBlanc)
6.     Mighty To Save (Don Moen)
7.     Your Name (Paul Baloche)
8.     Trading My Sorrows (Darrell Evans)
9.     How Great Is Our God (Promise Keepers featuring Dave Lubben)
10.  You Are My King (Ross Parsley)
11.  Give Thanks (Don Moen)
12.  The Heart Of Worship (Matt Redman)
13.   O The Blood (Gateway Worship featuring Kari Jobe)
 
Disc 2
1.     Hosanna [Praise Is Rising] (Paul Baloche)
2.     Here I Am To Worship (Tim Hughes)
3.     I Could Sing Of Your Love Forever (Delirious?)
4.     I Worship You Almighty God (Lisa Glasgow)
5.     More Precious Than Silver (Alleluia Music featuring Lisa Bevill)
6.     I Exalt Thee (Kelly Willard)
7.     Our God (Lincoln Brewster)
8.     In Christ Alone/The Solid Rock (Travis Cottrell)
9.     Everlasting God (Brenton Brown)
10.  Shout To The Lord (Hillsong featuring Darlene Zschech)
11.  Before The Throne Of God Above (Promise Keepers featuring Drew Cline)
12.  Revelation Song (Gateway Worship featuring Kari Jobe) 
 

 

April 3, 2014

WORD ENTERTAINMENT, IN COLLABORATION WITH MARK BURNETT AND ROMA DOWNEY, LAUNCHES THE BIBLE: SON OF GOD TOUR 2014 AT RICK WARREN’S SADDLEBACK CHURCH IN SOUTHERN, CA

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Thursday night was a momentous occasion as Word Entertainment, in partnership with producer Mark Burnett and producer/actress Roma Downey and their company  LightWorkers Media, launched “The Bible: SON OF GOD Tour 2014” at Rick Warren’s Saddleback Church in Southern California. GRAMMY®-nominated artist Francesca Battistelli, Sidewalk Prophets, GRAMMY®-nominated artist Natalie Grant, Chris August, Meredith Andrews and Jason Gray played before a packed crowd with over 2,000 in attendance including Burnett, Downey, Warren and Word Entertainment President and CEO Rod Riley. The epic two-hour live event runs an additional 16 dates nationwide through April 13 including a sold out show in Pittsburgh on April 10.

 

“The Bible: SON OF GOD Tour 2014” brings the epic miniseries “The Bible” and 20th Century Fox feature film “Son of God” to life in sight and sound with immersive video and stunning visual effects paired with live, in-person performances by GRAMMY®-nominated artist Francesca Battistelli, Sidewalk Prophets, GRAMMY®-nominated artist Natalie Grant, Chris August, Meredith Andrews and Jason Gray. These award-winning artists perform their biggest radio hits alongside the chronological telling of the story of Christ in a one-of-a-kind concert event. Tickets for all dates are on sale now at www.SonofGodTour.com.  

 

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

 

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 9             Pittsburgh, PA – Amplify Church (Note New Location) JUST ADDED

April 10          Pittsburgh, PA – Victory Family Church  SOLD OUT

April 11          Louisville, KY – Northside Christian Church

April 12          Lynchburg, VA – Thomas Road Baptist Church

April 13          Baltimore, MD – Hartford Community College

Downey and Burnett brought the epic 10-hour mini-series “The Bible” to television audiences on the History channel with their company LightWorkers Media. It became the top entertainment telecast of the year, received three Emmy® Award nominations and has been viewed by over 100 million people to date. On February 28, the 20th Century Fox feature film “Son of God” premiered to millions of people worldwide on the big screen. Word Entertainment collaborated with Burnett and Downey to release the musical companion to both “The Bible” and “Son of God.” In realizing the incredible impact of the stunning images together with the emotional powerful music, Burnett, Downey and Word Entertainment are joining forces once again to bring the epic scenes and music from “The Bible” and “Son of God” to life in sight and sound through “The Bible: Son of God Tour 2014” to audiences across the nation in the month leading up to Easter.

 

For further information please visit: www.SonofGodTour.com.  

 

About LightWorkers Media

Celebrated Emmy-nominated actress and producer Roma Downey and her award winning husband producer Mark Burnett launched LightWorkers Media in 2011 with the children’s DVD and book series LITTLE ANGELS and its companion LITTLE ANGELS STORYBOOK BIBLE. LightWorkers Media produced the ten-hour hit miniseries THE BIBLE which was seen in the USA by 100 million people, was one of the fastest selling TV-to-Disc titles ever and was nominated for three Emmy awards.  Additionally they are producing the series A.D., a sequel to THE BIBLE series for NBC and they acquired Alice Hoffman’s award winning novel THE DOVEKEEPERS which they are producing as a 4 hour mini-series for CBS. In addition Roma and Mark have coauthored several books published by Faithwords. They are ambassadors for two children’s organizations Operation Smile and Compassion. LightWorkers Media is dedicated to bringing uplifting content to people of all ages.

 

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.