Artist Spotlight

Avalon Announces Oxygen Tour – Hits The Road September 20th!

Grammy-nominated vocal group Avalon announces the “Oxygen Tour,” a 45-city fall tour and 40-city spring tour to support their new project Oxygen, which released May 22nd on Sparrow Records. Opening this concert event will be labelmates ZOEgirl as well as Reunion recording artist Joy Williams. Concert-goers can expect a highly active show, incorporating video and special effects with a new stage and lighting set, creating Avalon’s most innovative tour to date. The tour will feature songs from Oxygen as well…

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Joy Williams Gets Some Oxygen

Reunion’s new artist, Joy Williams, is scheduled to release her self-titled debut album July 24, in the midst of two whirlwind tours. After being featured on Left Behind: The Concert Tour and Winter Jam, Joy is embarking on two new tours: the Oxygen Tour with Avalon and the Summer Jam Tour featuring NewSong, Greg Long, Anointed and Jake. As part of the Oxygen Tour, Joy will join Avalon on an estimated 45-city tour, including Houston, Denver, Dallas, Birmingham, Albuquerque, Tacoma,…

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Ardent Records Announces the Release of Alien Youth from Top Rock Act Skillet

Ardent Records announces the launch of a major marketing campaign to promote the August 28 release of Alien Youth, the new project from top rock band Skillet. The label has put into action aggressive retail, radio, touring, advertising, internet, grassroots, and publicity promotions. Over the course of its career, Skillet has developed a consistently large and loyal fan base, becoming both a critic’s favorite as well as a youth group standard with their ministry oriented and aggressive, creative, and cutting-edge…

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Skillet Finishes Fourth Studio Recording

Ardent Records’ top rock band Skillet has put the finishing touches on its fourth studio recording, Alien Youth, set to release August 28. Skillet lead vocalist and bass player John Cooper produced the highly anticipated new recording. Cooper is pictured in the attachment (left) at Ardent Studios (Memphis) with Dana Key, Ardent Records A & R director. Currently on the Festival Con Dios tour, Skillet will embark this fall on its first major-market headliner tour with special guests Pillar and…

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True Vibe # 1 with “Now and Forever”

Breaking this year’s record for the highest sales debut for a new artist, new Essential Records pop group True Vibe has added another significant accolade to its growing list of accomplishments. The group’s very first radio single, “Now and Forever,” has topped the charts on both the Radio & Records Christian CHR and The CCM Update CHR charts. The multi-format hit song is also Top 5 for the second consecutive week on the Adult Contemporary (AC) chart (The CCM Update)….

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First All Girl Punk Band Hits CBA Market

Bettie Rocket Records has just signed an ALL GIRL PUNK BAND called the TEMPER TANTRUMS! Hailing from the Northwest region in Bellingham, Washington, comes the three piece chick power punk sounds of the TEMPER TANTRUMS with their debut 20 song album, “Throw A Fit” releasing August 1, 2001! Sporting knee-high patent leather boots and their signature sound of Green Day meets the Go Go’s, The Temper Tantrums provides an alternative to the standard Christian female artists. In addition, there is…

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What’s On The Agenda for PLUS ONE

Sure the five-member boy-band known as Plus One has stunned the industry by releasing the best selling artist project in the Year 2000. And yes, their debut project, The Promise, already certified Gold by the RIAA, did set a debut week record for the most units sold by a new contemporary Christian artist. And by now everyone knows the Nashville-based quintet took home the Dove Award for best new artist. But what have they done for us lately? “We are…

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The Plus One Story

Plus One began to take shape as early as 1998, when 18-year-old Sacramento, California-boy Nate Cole was joined by 21-year-old Gabe Combs of Pittsburgh, California; 22-year-old Nathan Walters of Lakeland, Florida; and the 19-year-old Jeremy Mhire, who had been engrossed in vocal studies as a junior on full scholarship to Southwest Missouri State University. In a pattern of chance and happy accidents, suggesting a bit of destiny at play, Cole and Combs had known each other from mutual music circles…

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Michelle Tumes Wins ASCAP Awards

Sparrow recording artist Michelle Tumes was named Songwriter of the Year monday, April 23, at the Twenty-third annual ASCAP Christian Music Awards Dinner held at Nashville’s Richland Country Club. The ASCAP award, which was presented by Connie Bradley, ASCAP Senior Vice President and Dan Keen, Assistant Vice President, recognizes the significant success Tumes has enjoyed both as a songwriter and an artist during her brief, but highly acclaimed music career. Tumes was also honored for three of her songs, “Deep…

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Third Day Strikes Gold!

Atlanta’s internationally known rock band, Third Day, is celebrating yet another milestone in a year already filled with accolades and success: the band’s critically acclaimed, best-selling, and GRAMMY and Dove Award nominated recording, Offerings – A Worship Album, has been certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for sales in excess of 500,000 units. Essential Records, Provident Music Distribution and Creative Trust honored Third Day for its landmark achievement during this year’s Gospel Music Association Convention with…

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