Archive for ‘Skillet’

May 15, 2013

Skillet Release First Single Off New Album Coming June 25

 

 

Skillet have just released the title track off their forthcoming album, Rise, which is available June 25th. The song “Rise” is part of the band’s first ever concept album, as singer John Cooper explains, “The narrative idea happened after we had 10 or 11 of the songs chosen. As we recorded them, we started to realize that there was something going on – that the album was really telling a story. Realizing that, I knew we needed to make it as powerful as we could.” The title track is available on iTunes now.

The band are also offering their die-hard fans the chance to hang out with them on tour via the “Road to Rise VIP Experience.” There will be two all-day events only for fans to attend, hang out and eat with the band, hear the new album first and see the live DVD first: June 14 in Nashville, TN and June 21st in Chicago, Illinois. For more info check out this video here.

Skillet will also be hitting the road this Summer on the Festival Circuit. Be sure to catch them at Rock on the Range, Alive, Creation East, and Rock the Park this summer.

To stay current on all things Skillet related, be sure to check out their Official SiteFacebook, and Twitter.

Official Sites:
Website: www.skillet.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/skillet
Twitter: www.twitter.com/skilletmusic

October 26, 2011

WINTER JAM 2012 Announces Tour Line Up: SKILLET, SANCTUS REAL, PETER FURLER, KARI JOBE And Others

 

NASHVILLE, Tenn.— The Winter Jam Tour Spectacular, Christian music’s largest annual tour and Pollstar’s #1 tour in attendance for the first quarter of this year, announced its highly anticipated 2012 artist and city line-up during a special launch event held earlier this evening in Nashville.

Founded and hosted by Grammy®-nominated Christian music mainstay NewSong (pictured at right) and produced by Premier Productions, the Winter Jam 2012 Tour Spectacular will be headlined by Grammy®-nominated alternative rockers Skillet. The 47-city tour will also featureSanctus Real, former Newsboys frontman Peter FurlerKari JobeBuilding 429Group 1 Crew, illusionist Brock Gill, and national speakerNick Hall. In addition, the OneVerse Pre-Jam Party will include performances from Dara MacleanFor King & Country, and We As Human.VeggieTales’ Bob and Larry will also make a special appearance.

Kicking off its 17th year January 6 at the Charleston Civic Center in Charleston, West Virginia, the tour is slated to stop at Philips Arena in Atlanta; Dallas’ American Airlines Center; the FedEx Forum in Memphis, Tennessee; the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri; Charlotte, North Carolina’s Time Warner Cable Arena; the Verizon Arena in Little Rock, Arkansas; and the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas, among other leading venues, before concluding April 1 at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Winter Jam admission is $10 at the door, with no ticket required.

“With one of the most powerful line-ups of Christian music’s top artists in Winter Jam history, we are thrilled to announce what promises to be our biggest tour yet,” said NewSong founding member and Winter Jam creator Eddie Carswell. “After seeing more than 90,000 people make decisions for Christ during last year’s tour, we enter Winter Jam’s 17th year of ministry excited to begin the adventure of what God has in store for us—and audiences around the country.”

Presented by Holt International, additional Winter Jam 2012 Tour Spectacular sponsors include the University of Mobile, The Creation Museum, OneVerse, Wayne E. Bailey Produce, Texas TransEastern, Premier Christian Cruises, Xtreme Conferences, and Camp Electric.

Additionally, 2012 marks the continuation of the popular Jam Nation fan program, which will offer individual and group memberships guaranteeing free and early concert admission. Members also receive a limited-edition Jam Nation t-shirt, a collectible Jam Nation Platinum Access Pass, and can participate in a Jam Nation Q&A with select tour artists, among numerous other exclusive benefits.

Since its formation by NewSong in 1995, Winter Jam has featured many of the top names in Christian music, including TobyMac, Third Day, Newsboys, Steven Curtis Chapman, and Jeremy Camp, among others. The Winter Jam 2011 Tour Spectacular outpaced attendance for all other tours in the first quarter, including Bon Jovi, U2, Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber, according to Pollstar’s 2011 Worldwide First Quarter Ticket Sales “Top 100 Tours” chart. In addition, for the first time in its history, the tour will hit 11 cities in the western United States this fall.

Celebrating 30 years in Christian music, NewSong has recorded 17 albums, garnering 20 #1 Christian radio singles and a Grammy® Award nomination, in addition to being inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame, among numerous other achievements. The band’s now-classic 2001 ballad, “The Christmas Shoes,” was a #1 hit at mainstream AC radio and inspired the best-selling novel and top-rated CBS television movie of the same name. NewSong’s latest recording, One True God, debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Top Christian/Gospel Albums chart earlier this year. The project features the new single, “The Same God.” For further information on NewSong, visit http://www.newsongonline.com.

With RIAA Gold certification, current scans easily surpassing 800,000 units, non-stop mainstream and Christian market touring, and RIAA Gold certification for each of their three hit Active Rock and Christian Rock singles, two-time Grammy® nominated alternative rockers’ Skillets’ latest, Awake has cemented the band as a top rock act in both the Christian and mainstream markets. Awake hit the ground running debuting at No. 2 on Billboard’s Top 200, selling over 67,000 units and peaking at No. 1 on iTunes® overall “Top Albums” chart and “Top Rock” chart. After two years, the album remains on the Billboard Top 200 with only a handful of other mainstream acts claiming the same honor.

With massive sales has come radio, awards and tour success, as Awake boasts four Active Rock radio hits with “Monster,” which was also AOL Music’s No. 4 “Mainstream Rock Song of 2009,” the No. 1 Christian CHR & Rock single “Hero,” which has been used by the NFL in their Sunday Night Football and NFL Weekend Kickoff promos, and their latest No. 1 mainstream hit “Awake & Alive,” a remix of which is featured on the TRANSFORMERS: Dark of the Moon soundtrack. And while Skillet’s intensely explosive live show consistently ranks within Pollstar’s Concert Pulse “Top 50 Tours,” the band also received the 2011 Billboard Music Award for “Top Christian Album,” and was Billboard’s No. 2 “Top Christian Album” and No. 9 “Top Alternative Album” in 2010. For further information on Skillet, visit http://www.skillet.com.

A complete list of Winter Jam 2012 Tour Spectacular dates and cities can be found at http://www.jamtour.com.

February 6, 2011

Christian Rock Band Skillet Comatose & Awake Album – Lead Singer Jordan Cooper Talks To Awaken Generation Blog About Their Mainstream Success & Not Hiding From Being Christian (VIDEO)

 

 

 

'Awake' debuts at No. 2 on Billboard 200 chart

 

 

In the year 2000, Christian rock band Skillet released their first live worship album ‘ARDENT WORSHIP.’ The record was a mixture of original worship songs and covers of other well-known favorites—including “Your Name Is Holy,” “Jesus, Jesus (Holy And Anointed One)” and “Shout To The Lord.”

 

Today, 10 years later, the Memphis-based Christian band are officially a successful mainstream Rock band with all the accolades and sales to prove it.  Their latest offering ‘AWAKE’ was released on August 25, 2009 and debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200 and sold a record-breaking 200,000 copies in 12 weeks.  One year later it was certified GOLD by the RIAA for sales of more than 500,000 copies.  And with their “AWAKE & ALIVE Tour” the grammy-nominated band sold out venues Coast to Coast and rocked capacity crowds in Chicago, Tulsa, Columbus, Boston, Phoenix, Portland, Seattle, Boise, Denver, and Minneapolis.   And at times touring with iconic Rock acts like ‘Three Days Grace’ and CREED.

 

And yet in all of their success Skillet has never backed down or been afraid to admit that they are unashamedly a Christian band.

It’s rare when a Christian rock band can cross over to the mainstream, but Skillet has done just that: charted on rock radio yet without denying the roots that got it there in the first place.

We got a rare chance to catch up with Jordan Cooper, lead singer of Skillet about their recent success and how that affected their stance as Christians.

 

Is it true music was forbidden in your house growing up?

Cooper: Not all music, but anything with drums. Drums and guitar were the devil’s instruments. My mom was a piano teacher and voice teacher, so she loved music, just a certain kind. Classical, hymns and opera were okay. When I first heard Christian music, I felt vindicated, like, “It’s not the drums that’s evil.”

You’re one of the few Christian rock bands that didn’t abandon the genre after getting mainstream success.

Cooper: Thanks. I think I’m so adamant about not wanting to get rid of my Christian stance because it helped me so much in my early life. I’m not embarrassed about it, and I’m not silent about it in interviews. If people ask, “Are you a Christian band?” my response is, “Yeah. I love it.”

 

Your 2009 album, “Awake,” debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 chart. Why do you think so many fans relate to this album?

Cooper: I think it’s because Skillet has a lot more fans than just Christian music fans. We are a Christian band, but we work very hard at writing songs about issues that, in my mind, everyone can relate to: atheists, agnostics, Jews, Muslims. I see that in bands like U2 and Switchfoot. Those bands have done a good job of having positive and hopeful messages, without alienating certain people.

What’s it like being in a band with your wife Korey (keyboard, guitar)?

Cooper: It’s awesome. She’s my go-to person to lean on when it comes to making the set flow and making songs sound better. She’ll do keyboard programming and songs will come to life. Personally, it’s nice on the road, because it makes the whole band feel more stable. We have our kids on the road, and it feels like a big family traveling and loving each other and having fun.

Your song, “Monster,” was No. 4 on the active rock chart last year and featured on WWE wrestling. How cool was that?

Cooper: It was awesome. “Monster” is a song a lot of stations said they would never play because it came from a Christian band. But the song kept doing better and better, and eventually, most of those people ended up playing the record.

 

I loved them during the ARDENT days and I love them today.

Thanks Jordan and Skillet for taking the light of Christ in places few Christians will ever get the opportunity to go.

 

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