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April 25, 2014


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 at

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:

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, / / Follow:@francescamusic


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.



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 (
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:

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. said, “You’ll be hooked right from the opening notes…” while 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:

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



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.

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April 25, 2014


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


April 25, 2014




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 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
    For more information on the work of Stepping Stone, visit

    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, | |

    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


April 25, 2014




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:

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.