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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…

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…

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)….

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…

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…

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…

Two Gaither Generations in CCM

When contemporary Christian music got its start, it wasn’t immediately accepted by the entire church. If a piece of music wasn’t a hymn, some thought, it didn’t honor God. Some believed it was irreverent to get a little excited about Jesus. But what was considered outlandish back then is a normal part of today’s typical worship service. Someone who experienced the initial controversy surrounding CCM first-hand, and one who went on to win more than two dozen Dove Awards, is…

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…

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…

L.A. Symphony Teams with NBA and Yahoo!Sports

On the heels of their #1 debut hit, “Broken Tape Decks,” Squint Entertainment’s hip hop group L.A. Symphony is partnering with the NBA (National Basketball Association) and Yahoo! Sports for the three-month Rhythm ‘n Rims Tour. The Yahoo! Sports NBA Rhythm ‘n Rims tour is the NBA’s premier interactive basketball and music event, bringing the thrill of NBA basketball, the fun of Yahoo! Sports and the latest music to fans all over the United States. L.A. Symphony will perform at…

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