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September 26, 2015

Andy Mineo Releases New Album, Uncomfortable, To Wide Acclaim

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Today artist Andy Mineo debuts his highly anticipated sophomore album, Uncomfortable(Reach Records). The new full-length album, is currently #2 on iTunes Hip-Hop/Rap Charts and ranks #3 on iTunes overall charts. The first leg of the nationwide Uncomfortable Tour will begin October 1 and Mineo will be joined by rapper Propaganda. Dates for Andy Mineo’s nationwide Uncomfortable Tour are listed below.

Uncomfortable, produced by !llmind (J.Cole, Drake, 50 Cent) is a 13-track album which includes the first single and title track, “Uncomfortable.” Hot New Hip Hop described the song as “consistently shape-shifting, moving from MBDTF-esque (My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy) melodies backed by strings, to a straight-up rap number.” The second single off the album, “Hear My Heart,” which was released in August, first premiered on Sirius XM’s Sway In The Morning and then online with the popular music and entertainment site VIBE. “Hear My Heart” is a tribute to Andy Mineo’s deaf sister. Mineo announced the heartfelt song with a sign-language video, which left curious fans wondering what the rapper was cooking up.

Mineo documents the process behind the making of Uncomfortable on his weekly YouTube web series, Saturday Morning Car-Tunez, directed by Francis De La Torre. The web series which gained a rabid following is now in its third and final season. Tomorrow, Mineo will reveal the final episode of Season 3, to the dismay of many devoted fans. Still, Mineo, who prides himself in having a close relationship with his followers, continues sharing inside tidbits to his life and album making process. Mineo created the Extended Experience via Instagram, where fans can explore an immersive website via Instagram’s tagging feature to see behind-the-scenes content for the thirteen tracks on the album.

“You Can’t Stop Me,” the hugely successful single off Mineo’s previous project entitled Never Land, which sold over 90K units and has been seen more than 1M times on YouTube, recently won “MLB’s top walk up song” for ESPN’s inaugural Whammy Awards, beating out Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood” and Big Sean’s “Blessings.”

2015 UNCOMFORTABLE TOUR DATES  October 1 St. Peters, MO Church on the Rock
October 2 Tulsa, OK Guts Church
October 3 Houston, TX The Venue/Grace Community Church
October 4 Arlington, TX Texas Hall/UTA
October 8 San Antonio, TX The Aztec Theatre
October 9 Lubbock, TX City Bank Auditorium
October 10 Denver, CO Summit Music Hall
October 11 Omaha, NE Sokol Auditorium
October 15 Des Moines, IA Wooly’s
October 16 Arden Hills, MN Benson Great Hall/Bethel University
October 17 Chicago, IL House of Blues
October 18 Grandville, MI Ground Floor/Resurrection Life Church
October 22 Detroit, MI St. Andrews Hall
October 23 Louisville, KY Mercury Ballroom
October 24 Cincinnati, OH The Underground
October 25 Indianapolis, IN Deluxe
October 29 Cleveland, OH House of Blues
October 30 New York, NY Irving Plaza
October 31 Philadelphia, PA Theatre of Living Arts (TLA)
November 1 Columbus, OH Newport Music Hall
November 5 Silver Spring, MD The Fillmore
November 6 Lynchburg, VA Liberty University
November 7 Chesapeake, VA New Life Providence Church – Deep Creek
November 8 Charlotte, NC The Fillmore Charlotte
November 12 Tampa, FL Crossover Church
November 13 Miami, FL Alpha & Omega Church
November 15 Atlanta, GA Center Stage

About Andy Mineo:
New York native Andy Mineo is a born communicator with an infectious passion for hip-hop. Following his debut release, Heroes for Sale, Mineo raised the bar with his seven song EP, Never Land. The release moved over 25,900 units in the first week, landing the number 2 spot on the Rap charts and number 13 on the Top 200. Mineo began to gain traction with appearances on Sway in the Morning, MTV’s Live Rapfix Cypher, Thisis50.com, and more, breaking Mineo into new territory. Coming off of the spring run of the nationwide Anomaly Tour with Lecrae, Andy is gearing up for his next full-length album, Uncomfortable, expected to be his biggest release yet.

About Reach Records: 
Reach Records, an independent record label, was founded in 2003 by Ben Washer and Grammy Award-winning hip-hop artist Lecrae Moore. Since its beginnings, the Atlanta-based label has sold over 2.7 million albums. Home to five artists, Lecrae Moore, Andy Mineo, Tedashii, Trip Lee and KB, Reach followers can be found worldwide. The overwhelming passion of the label is to change the way people see the world and they continue to push forward to make this passion reality. For more information on Reach Records, visit http://www.reachrecords.com.

LINKS:
Website: www.andymineo.com
Twitter: @andymineo
Instagram: @andymineo
Facebook: www.facebook.com/andymineo
YouTube: www.youtube.com/channel/UC2C01dKf6tK8dD0z5AbLspw

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September 26, 2015

Planetshakers New Album, #LetsGo Tops Charts Across The World

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Capturing the mission, heart and worldwide movement of Planetshakers Church, one of Australia’s fastest growing church’s in history, Planetshakers Band released #LETSGO globally through Integrity Music Sept. 11. Born through the movement’s passion to reach and impact people around the world, the new recording immediately soared to the top of the overall charts in several countries during its first week at retail. The album not only became the most downloaded iTunes album across all genres of music for a period of time in Singapore, but also was simultaneously the second bestseller on the charts in Malaysia. The album also hit No. 1 in Australia and South Africa, and No. 5 in the US, on the iTunes Christian/Gospel charts.

Live tonight, from Daystar Television’s Dallas, TX studios beginning at 8:30 pm ET, Planetshakers members will share new music from #LETSGO along with their “Let’s Go” stories during Planetshakers LIVE!. Presented by Planetshakers, Daystar Television Network, Integrity Music and Church of God World Missions, and sponsored by Gateway Church, Life Outreach International, The Assembly West Monroe, John Hagee Ministries, Potters House of Denver and more, this 90-minute special reaching into 700 million homes will be hosted by Brian Carn and Lakewood Church’s John Gray, and feature Grammy Award winning special guest, Tasha Cobbs.

In addition to the broadcast, the event is being streamed live at Daystar.com/Live and will be simulcast as a free “Watch Party” at Samaritan’s Place, an orphanage in Manila, Philippines. The children living there will not only have the opportunity to witness the event live, but also to participate via Skype. Planetshakers is further teaming with Daystar and Integrity Music to give away #LETSGO, and is teaming with Biblica and HarperCollins Christian Publishing to give away NIV Bibles, to the children and others throughout the Philippines through the Church of God ministry network.

“The mission behind #LETSGO is to reach and impact people around the world, seeing them transformed by the power of God and the love of God’s people,” Planetshakers collectively share. “The fact that we are able to live out this mission through our partnership with Samaritan’s Place and the gift of free Bibles via Biblica and Harper Collins Christian Publishing is beyond incredible – it’s proof that God is behind Planetshakers LIVE!. We are so humbled to see all the different people that are partnering with us for this broadcast and hope together we can rally the Church to even further impact a world in need of hope.”

Produced by Joth Hunt and featuring Hunt along with co-senior pastor and worship leader Sam Evans and worship leaders Rudy Nikkerud and BJ Pridham, #LETSGO was recorded live at Planetshakers’ spring 2015 “Awakening” conference in Melbourne. Available tomorrow as a CD/DVD combination as well as a standard digital album and a Digital Deluxe recording, Planetshakers has also released the first video from the project, “All About You,” at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OS-jVQ_uaNQ.

Widely known for their energetic and worshipful videos, Plantetshakers Band recently received its second consecutive “Long Form Video of the Year” Dove Award nomination for its 2014 release, This Is Our Time. This year’s awards will be handed out live from Nashville Oct. 13 during the 46th Annual GMA Dove Awards.

Having led over 200,000 people at a single event in Asia and sharing new music from #LETSGO and other favorite Planetshakers worship anthems around the world, Planetshakers recently finished multiple back-to-back sold out events in Manila, Taipei (Taiwan), Shanghai (China), Jakarta (Indonesia) and more locations around the world. Upcoming events include headlining along with Casting Crowns and Jesus Culture “Florida’s biggest Christian music festival,” Rock The Universe, Sept. 12. Touring to more cities across North America throughout September before jetting to Dubai (United Arab Emirates) for an event Oct. 16, all the latest tour dates can be found at http://www.planetshakers.com.

About Planetshakers:
At its core, Planetshakers seeks first and foremost to pursue the presence of God. All expressions of Planetshakers, including Planetshakers Band, which is known for its international touring and worship favorites like “Like A Fire,” “Endless Praise,” “Nothing Is Impossible,” “This Is Our Time” and “The Anthem,” find their source in the local church. There are four Planetshakers Church campuses, including one in Melbourne, Australia, and one in Cape Town, South Africa. In ten years, Planetshakers Church has grown to over 12,000 members and is led by Sr. Pastors, Russell and Sam Evans. The husband and wife team also host Planetshakers TV, a 30-minute Christian television program broadcast in over 100 countries.

Planetshakers Church is further involved in numerous community and charitable causes, including prison ministry, school programs, refugee outreach, disaster relief and welfare assistance. It also partners with World Vision to assist in urgent humanitarian crises around the world, and runs Planetshakers College in Melbourne, which equips local and international students to impact their world for Christ.

Additional information about Planetshakers is available at http://www.planetshakers.comwww.twitter.com/planetshakers and www.facebook.com/planetshakers, where Planetshakers has over 859,000 likes.

About Integrity Music:
Integrity Music is part of the David C Cook family, a nonprofit global resource provider serving the Church with life-transforming materials. Headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado, with offices in Tennessee and the United Kingdom, Integrity is committed to taking songs of substance to the local church and its leaders around the world, including such top songs as “We Believe” (Newsboys), “Revelation Song,” “Open The Eyes Of My Heart,” “Your Great Name” and “I Am Free.” Additional information can be found at http://www.integritymusic.com.

September 26, 2015

Bethel Music’s Amanda Cook Releases First Solo Album, Brave New World

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Bethel Music, the worship music and community of songwriters emerging from Bethel Church in Redding, CA, releases the debut solo album from artist Amanda CookBrave New World, today (Sept. 25) through Provident Distribution.

Already hitting No. 1 for a time on the iTunes Christian/Gospel chart, the recording features 13 original songs and reveals the themes, confessions and heart of Cook in a dynamic, melodic and ethereally rich atmosphere of worship. Intentionally crafted like a painting made with strokes of melodies and chords, the album invites listeners to experience Cook’s recorded journey of discovery, permission and mystery.

“These are my imaginations and confessions put to melodies and music,” shares Cook. “Brave New World represents a voyage of discovering that God has been on our side all along. That we can live a whole life, full of heart, with a capacity to process pain, wrestle with truth and find ourselves steady at the end of our pilgrimage. There is an endless possibility for God to create a world within us, a world transformed through the bravery of perfect love. My prayer through this record is that you would experience the reality that you in fact house a brave new world. You are a brave new world. May you be filled with hope in the one whose mercy is timeless and whose love for mankind is as boundless as the sea.”

Responding to the music and message of Brave New World, iTunes music fans are lauding the album with multiple 5-star reviews while two lyric videos from the new album that released Sept. 4, “Pieces” and “Heroes,” have already received thousands of “likes” and more than 440,000 views on YouTube. “Pieces” is a bold declaration of God’s nature while “Heroes” compels a listener to dance even amidst disappointment, trusting that God has our best interests in mind.

Like music fans, critics are similarly responding to the album. With upcoming coverage by RELEVANT, Worship Leader Magazine, CCM Magazine and more, HollywoodJesus.com names the recording a Top 10 album releasing this month. NewReleaseTuesday.com adds, “Amanda Cook has created a beautiful atmosphere of genuine worship and praise with Brave New World. With her soft yet bold vocals and anthemic lyrics that declare God’s promises in every song, Amanda has crafted what I believe to be one of the best worship albums this year.”

For Cook, the journey to Brave New World began with her song, “You Make Me Brave,” which became the anthemic title track to Bethel Music’s Billboard Top 10-selling album released last year. The message and process of writing, recording and leading the song in worship, gave Cook the opportunity to explore what it is like to live in a world without anxiety, a world absent of fear in the presence of God’s perfect love.

With three-time GRAMMY-nominated, twice Dove Award-winning “Producer of the Year,” Jason Ingram, and one of Nashville’s most in-demand producers and drummers, Paul Mabury, sharing producer credits on Brave New World, the pair also teamed up with Cook to write for the album. “Jason and Paul essentially pastored my heart through the making of this album,” says Cook, who also co-wrote three songs with Bethel Music’s Steffany Gretzinger.

For all the latest Bethel Music news, including information on its current 5-star acclaimed and bestselling (No. 1 Christian, No. 9 overall album, Billboard) We Will Not Be Shaken CD/DVD and its second, all instrumental Without Words: Synesthesia album that released July 31, can be found at http://www.bethelmusic.com. The site also features Bethel Music touring details, chord charts, videos and more resources. Links to Bethel Music social media sites include: http://www.facebook.com/bethelmusic, @bethelmusic and http://instagram.com/bethelmusic.

About Bethel Music:
Bethel Music is a worship ministry that formed as an organic extension of Bethel Church in Redding, CA. Over the last four years, Bethel Music has grown from being a local church music ministry to becoming a global outreach featuring a cadre of songwriters and worship leaders, more than a dozen albums, chart-topping songs, and both online and on-campus worship schools. The heart of Bethel Music is to be a steward of the worship being created and released at Bethel Church, making it a resource available to the world. In addition to thousands of people that attend Bethel’s weekly worship services, another 150,000 plus people subscribe to the online stream of the services at http://www.ibethel.tv. More about Bethel Music can be found at www.bethelmusic.com.