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September 23, 2014

For King & Country’s New Album RUN WILD LIVE FREE LOVE STRONG, Hits No. 1 on iTunes Charts

Reigning New Artist of the Year Dove Award recipients for KING & COUNTRY, consisting of brothers Joel and Luke, release today their acclaimed sophomore album RUN WILD. LIVE FREE. LOVE STRONG. (http://smarturl.it/rwlfls). Already hitting No. 1 on iTunes, the recording’s multiple 2014 GMA Dove Award-nominated lead single, “Fix My Eyes,” has also sold well-over 100,000 downloads and becomes this week’s No. 1 song on the National Christian Audience chart. The song further claims the No. 1 spot for the sixth consecutive week at CHR radio.

With the momentum building around today’s launch of the new album, for KING & COUNTRY’s major market, 40-city fall YOU MATTER-THE TOUR kicked-off Sunday (9/14) with a sold-out event in Nashville (Franklin, TN). Playing at the Oklahoma State Fair in Oklahoma City yesterday, today in Houston for a KSBJ Brown Bag event and Sept. 19 at Uprise Festival at the Shippensburg Fairgrounds in Shippensburg, PA, the tour resumes in Louisville, KY at Southeast Christian Church Sept. 21, where at least 7,000 people are expected to attend. From there, they will travel to Knoxville, TN, where their Sept. 22 performance is also sold out. The tour will then continue into cities like Washington, D.C. (Woodbridge, VA), Pittsburgh, Indianapolis, San Diego, Las Vegas, Austin, Albuquerque and more before wrapping up at the Sun National Band Center in Trenton, NJ (11/22). Sponsored by Compassion International, all YOU MATTER-THE TOUR dates and tickets are available now at www.forkingandcountry.com.

The tour will feature hits like “The Proof Of Your Love” from their critically acclaimed debut album, Crave, as well as new songs derived from a long, at times painful, but ultimately enriching journey that led to the recording of RUN WILD. LIVE FREE. LOVE STRONG., and is chronicled in a new video featured at http://smarturl.it/fkcepk. Fox News has already tapped into the video for a feature that went out to its nationwide affiliates yesterday.

for KING & COUNTRY also premiere this week their first concept music video from the album, “Without You (Feat. Courtney)” on RELEVANT Magazine’s RTV. This song not only hit No. 1 on the Christian & Gospel Top Songs iTunes® chart, but is an inspiring, real life message of hope that features a beautiful duet with Luke’s wife, Courtney.

“‘Without You’ is probably the most honest, difficult song that I’ve ever had to write,” says Luke. “I got very, very sick at one point and my wife, during my sickness, thought that there was a chance she could lose me. She came to me on one particular night and said, ‘Luke, you just can’t leave me here.'”

“‘When you hear Luke’s wife on the chorus and them singing it together, I will be on record of saying it is the most gut-wrenching song that we have ever written,” adds Joel. “I think we’ve written a lot of honest songs before, but this is about as rip-a-page-out-of-your-journal-and-sing-it as music gets.”

Songs from RUN WILD. LIVE FREE. LOVE STRONG. are also gaining national attention through significant television placement. “To The Dreamers” is featured in “The Shows That Touch You” NBC campaign to promote its fall lineup (http://youtu.be/nPHXIsip5pE), while CBS featured the encouraging anthem, “It’s Not Over Yet,” during its airing of the Men’s Semifinals of the US Open Tennis Championships.

Nominated for four 2014 GMA Dove Awards, for KING & COUNTRY is also set to perform “Fix My Eyes” on the 45th Annual GMA Dove Awards Oct. 7, which will air on the Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) Oct. 12. The duo also recently played during the 16th Annual GRAMMY Block Party in Nashville, and completed an interview with Grammy.com that can be seen athttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uNI3RRc2WVM.

With RUN WILD. LIVE FREE. LOVE STRONG., for KING & COUNTRY has created an album that lives up to the band’s name, a reflection of standing and fighting for something bigger than yourself, a mission statement that drove the duo from the first words written for this project until the last note was recorded.

“RUN WILD. LIFE FREE. LOVE STRONG. is a statement of reclaiming our birthright as humans to live a life that is for others–a life that is others-focused, God-focused-and in that, find what it truly means to run wild, live free and love strong,” says Joel.

About for KING & COUNTRY
The duo was named “New Artist of the Year” at the 44th Annual Dove Awards and “Breakthrough Artist of the Year” at the first annual K-LOVE Fan Awards. Their critically acclaimed album, Crave, released in 2012, is the highest-selling debut from a new artist in their genre that year. They made their late night debut performing their hit song “The Proof Of Your Love” on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and the song was named iTunes’ Breakthrough Christian & Gospel Song of the Year. ET’s The Insider said for KING & COUNTRY “makes music that speaks directly to your heart” and have been “gaining popularity in the alt-rock genre.” American Songwriter commented that “for KING & COUNTRY may just be Australia’s answer to Coldplay.” In 2012, they were named one of Billboard’s 17 acts to watch and were CCM’s best-selling new artist.

For more information and a complete listing of tour dates, please visit: www.forKINGandCOUNTRY.com,www.facebook.com/forkingandcountry and https://twitter.com/4kingandcountry.

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September 23, 2014

Chris Tomlin To Release New Album, Love Ran Red, October 27, 2014

Kicking off 2013 with a No. 1 album made history for GRAMMY® winner Chris Tomlinas only the fourth Christian album to ever do so. Following the project’s success, sold-out tour dates, Billboard Music Awards, being named a BMI Songwriter of the Year and receiving the K-LOVE Fan Award for Male Vocalist of the Year, Tomlin will unveil his tenth studio recording, Love Ran Red on October 27.

Accumulating more than 13 million album and digital sales and having his songs sung by over 40 million people in churches each week has propelled Tomlin into a category all his own but also one that continues to humble him and increase his desire to make music for the church. The first single from Love Ran Red, “Waterfall,” does just that and has already seen top ten radio success. The follow-up single is impacting radio this week, and while its title, “Jesus Loves Me,” may make you think of another well-known song, it’s a brand new, original track.

Produced by longtime friend and collaborator Ed Cash, Love Ran Red features songs penned by Tomlin, Cash, Matt Redman, Jonah Myrin, Ben Glover, Jason Ingram and Ben Fielding. A special Deluxe Edition will feature the full-length studio album along with four additional tracks.

Tomlin premiered the album to a VIP crowd in Nashville this past Friday with live performances of several songs. sixstepsrecords’ Chief Strategist Shelley Giglio and Capitol Christian Music Group President Peter York surprised Tomlin with plaques certifying the RIAA Platinum certification of his songs “How Great Is Our God” and “Our God,” as well as the RIAA Gold Certification of “Indescribable,” “Amazing Grace (My Chains are Gone),” “I Will Follow,” “I Will Rise,” and “Whom Shall I Fear (God of Angel Armies).”

 

L to R: Bill Hearn, Capitol Christian Music Group President & CEO; Chris Tomlin; Shelley Giglio, Chief Strategist, sixstepsrecords; Peter York, President, Capitol Christian Music Group

 

Tomlin will support Love Ran Red with a promotional tour this fall, all leading up to January’s Passion 2015 Conferences in Atlanta (Jan 2-4; 16-18) and Houston (Jan 30-Feb 1). Spring tour dates will also be announced soon.

Love Ran Red Track Listing:
1. Greater
2. Waterfall
3. At The Cross
4. Jesus Loves Me
5. Boundary Lines
6. Almighty
7. The Roar
8. Fear Not
9. The Table
10. Psalm 100
11. I Will Boast
12. Jesus This Is You

About Chris Tomlin
With nine albums, 12 No. 1 radio singles, a GRAMMY® Award and eight additional nominations, three Billboard Music Awards, 21 Dove Awards, a platinum and four gold albums to his credit, Chris Tomlin is among the most well-known and influential artists in contemporary Christian music. Referred to by Time magazine as “most likely the most often sung artist anywhere,” Tomlin also has 15 of the Top 100 CCLI songs, with 4 of them being in the top 10. BMI’s 2014 Songwriter of the Year, Tomlin’s “How Great Is Our God” was his first No. 1 on the CCLI Top 25, moving to No. 1 after becoming one of the fasting rising modern day hymns in CCLI chart history. In addition to having sold more than 5.3 million albums and over 8 million digital tracks, Tomlin made history as his single “Jesus Messiah” (Hello Love) garnered 97 adds at radio its first week and skyrocketed to No. 1, making it the biggest ever add date in Christian radio history. In the midst of his record breaking success, and continuing his role as worship leader at Passion City Church in Atlanta, GA, Tomlin continues touring and leading at Passion Conference gatherings across the US and worldwide. Burning Lights, debuted at No. 1 atop the Billboard 200 in January 2013, making history as only the fourth Christian music album to do so, and Love Ran Red will release in October 2014.

[Get Connected with Chris Tomlin]
Web site // http://www.christomlin.com
Facebook // http://www.facebook.com/christomlin
Twitter // https://twitter.com/christomlin

September 23, 2014

Tenth Avenue North To Release New Album, Cathedrals, On November 10, 2014

Provident Label Group announces that Tenth Avenue North will release its fourth studio album on Reunion Records (a division of Sony Music) on November 10 titled Cathedrals, with a deluxe version also available, containing four additional bonus tracks. Tenth Avenue North’s first Christian radio single from the album, titled “No Man Is An Island,” debuted in the Top 20 on the National Audience Chart and is currently in rotation in key markets and networks including K-LOVE/Air1, The Fish, SiriusXM, Chicago, Dallas, Atlanta, Tampa, Cincinnati, Las Vegas, Minneapolis and Seattle, among others.

In anticipation of the full-length project debut, Provident Label Group surprised fans with a special Islands EP featuring four bonus tracks, including the single “No Man Is An Island” which was released digitally in July. Coinciding with the EP, an exclusive music video for “No Man Is An Island” also debuted on K-LOVE (check it out here). Throughout the year, the band has also offered fans exclusives and insider content every tenth day of the month (#Tenthonthe10th), culminating with the month of October. Aptly renamed ‘Tenthtober,’ Tenth Avenue North will be sharing fan-focused content every day of the month.

The Dove Award-winning band’s fourth studio album is a collection of well-crafted songs that inspire community, encourage accountability and celebrate the fact we are not alone.

“So many of us live in isolation and we really don’t have to,” says lead vocalist Mike Donehey. “So the idea is: ‘Hey get in the boat with us, sail by the stars of God’s promises and reach the shore of community.’ We realize that when we start to live together, we become the cathedrals on earth. We are the place where the sprit resides. It no longer dwells in buildings but in each of us.”

Produced by John Fields, known for his work with the Switchfoot, Jonas Brothers, Demi Lovato and Pink, Cathedrals was written while the band was out on the Winter Jam Tour, setting up make-shift recording spaces in locker rooms and green rooms around the country.

The group made its national debut in 2008 on Reunion Records with Over and Underneath, which spawned the hits “Love is Here,” “By Your Side” and “Hold My Heart.” Tenth Avenue North won the Gospel Music Association Dove Award in 2009 for New Artist of the Year and in 2010 “By Your Side” was named Song of the Year. The band gained further momentum with 2010’s The Light Meets the Dark and The Struggle in 2012, which continued to populate radio and the church with such memorable songs as “Healing Begins,” “You Are More,” “Losing” and “Worn.”

Donehey, drummer Jason Jamison, bassist Ruben Juarez, keyboardist Brendon Shirley and guitarist Jeff Owen have forged a unique sound that has made them one of the Christian music’s most successful young bands. In the spring of 2014, Tenth Avenue North crossed the one million mark for records sold and continues to build its strong fan base by achieving more than one million likes on Facebook.

Performing regularly at diverse venues across the country, the group has a full national tour lineup scheduled throughout 2014 in support of the album that includes two headline fall circuits (From Islands to Cathedrals and Cathedrals tours).

From Islands to Cathedrals Tour (dates and cities are subject to change):

10/3 Langhorne, PA
10/4 Houghton, NY
10/5 Milton, PA
10/7 Ashland, KY
10/9 Wichita, KS
10/10 Oklahoma City, OK
10/11 Ponca City, OK
10/16 Gadsden, AL
10/17 Louisville, KY
10/19 Columbus, GA
10/22 Green Bay, WI
10/23 New Berlin, WI
10/24 North Mankato, MN
10/25 Cedar Falls, IA
10/26 Orange City, IA

Cathedrals Tour (dates and cities are subject to change):

11/6 Lancaster, PA
11/7 Bel Air, MD
11/8 Wenham, MA
11/9 Westbury, NY
11/13 Grandville, MI
11/14 Greenwood, IN
11/15 Willoughby Hills, OH
11/20 Boca Raton, FL
11/22 Jacksonville, FL
12/5 Cincinnati, OH

For more information visit:
Official website: www.tenthavenuenorth.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/tenthavenuenorth
Twitter: https://twitter.com/tenthavenorth
Instagram: http://instagram.com/tenthavenorth#
Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/tenthavenuenorth
Label: http://providentpress.com/

About Provident Label Group
Provident Label Group, a division of Sony Music, whose labels include Essential Records, Reunion Records, Essential Worship and Beach Street Records, is home to an artist roster which includes Casting Crowns (Thrive), Third Day (Miracle), Tenth Avenue North (The Struggle), Red (Release the Panic), Brandon Heath (Christmas Is Here), and Royal Tailor (self-titled) among others. Provident Music Group consists of Provident Label Group, Provident Films (“Mom’s Night Out,” “Courageous,” “Fireproof”) Provident Distribution, Essential Music Publishing and Essential Artist Services.

September 23, 2014

TobyMac Set To Release Remix Album, EYE’M ALL MIXED UP, November 4

 

Five-time GRAMMY® Award-winner TobyMac‘s most recent album EYE ON IT, soared to the top of the charts and earned a GRAMMY® Award, and now those songs are getting revamped on his upcoming remix album,EYE’M ALL MIXED UP, set to release November 4.

EYE ON IT earned a GRAMMY® Award for Best Contemporary Christian Music Album and topped the iTunes Overall and Christian sales charts. It also marked the highest chart debut of his solo career, landing at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, making TobyMac one of only four artists to ever debut atop the Billboard 200 with a Christian music album.

EYE’M ALL MIXED UP features 11 tracks from EYE ON IT, including hits “Me Without You,” “Speak Life” and “Steal My Show” mixed by remixers such as Capital Kings and Soul Glow Activatur of Family Force 5. Shortly after the album’s debut, TobyMac will head out on the “Worship, Stories & Songs Tour” beginning November 6, featuring Matt Maher and Ryan Stevenson. This 20-city tour will make stops at intimate venues across the country, focusing on the stories behind the songs with stripped down performances.

Additionally, TobyMac received a nomination for Short Form Video of the Year for “Speak Life” for the 45th Annual GMA Dove Awards. The award show will take place at Lipscomb University in Nashville October 7.

EYE’M ALL MIXED UP Tracklist
1. EYE ON IT (Phenomenon Remix by Soul Glow Activatur)
2. FORGIVENESS (Feat. Lecrae) (Neon Feather Remix)
3. SPEAK LIFE (Telemitry Remix)
4. ME WITHOUT YOU (Capital Kings Remix)
5. STEAL MY SHOW (Jack Shocklee Remix)
6. UnSTOPPABLE (Feat. Blanca) (Phenomenon Remix by Soul Glow Activatur)
7. LOSE MYSELF (Capital Kings Remix)
8. EYE ON IT (Kaveman Remix)
9. THANKFUL FOR YOU (Thunderbird Remix)
10. MAC DADDY (Tru’s Reality) (Telemitry Remix)
11. ME WITHOUT YOU (Telemitry Remix)

“Worship, Stories & Songs Tour” Dates
More to be added, tour dates subject to change
http://tobymac.com/tour
November 6 – Madison, MS
November 7 – Texarkana, TX
November 8 – Wichita Falls, TX
November 9 – Lewisville, TX
November 13 – New Albany, IN
November 14 – Lexington, KY
November 15 – Akron, OH
November 16 – Troy, OH
November 20 – Joplin, MO
November 21 – Lincoln, NE
November 22 – Bourbonnais, IL
November 23 – Grand Rapids, MI
December 4 – Toledo, OH
December 5 – York, PA
December 6 – Williamsport, MD
December 7 – Richmond, VA
December 11 – Normal, IL
December 12 – Appleton, WI
December 13 – Milwaukee, WI
December 14 – Ft. Wayne, IN

About TobyMac:
With more than 11 million units in career sales, TobyMac’s career continues on the fast track. His most recent project, EYE ON IT, garnered him the GRAMMY® Award for Best Contemporary Christian Music Album and the highest chart debut of his solo career landing at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and topping the iTunes® Overall and Christian sales charts. The project made TobyMac one of only four artists to ever debut atop the Billboard 200 with a Christian music album. His previous four solo projects have received RIAA Gold Certifications and his live DVD, Alive & Transported, is RIAA Certified platinum and received a GRAMMY® award. In less than 15 months between 2012-2013, TobyMac received two GRAMMY® awards, two Billboard Music Awards for Top Christian Artist and Top Christian Album, his first American Music Award for Favorite Artist in the Contemporary/Inspirational category, Dove Awards for “Artist of the Year,” “Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year,” “Recorded Music Packaging of the Year,” “Short Form Video of the Year,” a K-LOVE Music Award for “Artist of the Year” and swept the 2013 Australian Music Award. At the 2014 K-LOVE Fan Awards, he won the award for “Best Live Show.” His album EYE’M ALL MIXED UP is set to release November 4.

[Get Connected with TobyMac]
Website // http://www.tobymac.com
Twitter // https://twitter.com/officialtobymac
Facebook // http://www.facebook.com/tobymac
YouTube // http://www.youtube.com/tobymacmusic

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September 23, 2014

Laura Story Gives Birth To Twin Boys!

Laura Story Gives Birth To Twin Boys!.

September 23, 2014

Laura Story Gives Birth To Twin Boys!

GRAMMY® award winning songstress Laura Story and her husband Martin have welcomed fraternal twin boys to their family. Benjamin Cary and Griffin James were born within three minutes of each other, weighing 6.5 lbs and 6.3 lbs respectively. The twins join their 2-year-old big sister Josie.

“Martin and I are so thrilled to finally meet these little guys! God has truly blessed our family,” said a tired but joyful Story.

Laura will take her new growing family out on the road this December for a short Christmas tour in select states (MD, ME, NY, OH and NJ). Her new Christmas record God With Us will be available for these shows and will be released to retail Christmas 2015.

While her schedule will be quite busy with the new additions, Story is also currently working on her first book scheduled to release next fall. The W Publishing book “When God Doesn’t Fix It: Lessons You Never Wanted to Learn; Truths You Can’t Live Without” will explore Story’s journey from her life expectations through shattered dreams and on to the incredible truths that she uncovered in her study of God’s Word. It will offer readers a friend who understands, important biblical insights and hope that God has not forgotten them.

About Laura Story:
GRAMMY® award winning artist, speaker, songwriter, author and worship leader Laura Story has a gift for penning songs that connect with people all around the world. Among her successes as a solo artist with her smash hits “Mighty To Save” and “Blessings,” Laura has also penned hit songs for other renowned artists including Chris Tomlin’s “Indescribable.” Her solo artist music debut in 2008 with Great God Who Saves led to four Dove nominations and the award for “Inspirational Album of the Year.” In 2011, Laura released her sophomore project Blessings. The album and the emotionally powerful title was inspired by her real life trials and adversities, primarily her husband Martin’s diagnosis of a brain tumor. The album resonated with a huge audience and led to whirlwind career highlights for Laura, peaking at the No. 1 album spot for three consecutive weeks on Billboard’s Contemporary Christian Overall chart, topping the iTunes® Christian/Gospel Top Songs chart and holding the No. 1 spot for an impressive 28 consecutive weeks on the Christian charts. The success of the single “Blessings,” which was certified RIAA Gold, includes the GRAMMY® Award for Best Contemporary Christian Song, the Billboard Music Award for Top Christian Song and the Dove Awards for Song of the Year, Pop/Contemporary Song of the Year, Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year and Songwriter of the Year. The song inspired Laura’s first book, “What If Your Blessings Come Through Raindrops?” in 2012. Her latest project – God Of Every Story – released last year to much acclaim. Laura is the worship leader at Perimeter Church outside of Atlanta, GA and lives with her husband Martin and three children.

For more information on Laura Story, and to see all of the new photos and videos of her twins, visit her at the links below.

Get Connected with Laura Story:
Website // www.laurastorymusic.com
Facebook // www.facebook.com/laurastory
Twitter // www.twitter.com/LauraStoryMusic
Instagram // www.instagram.com/laurastorymusic

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