Jeff Deyo just played last month at Saddleback’s worship conference with 1,500 worship leaders from
all over the country (in California). He then played for the 16,000 people who attend their church
weekly. The pastor (Rick Warren) of this 2nd largest church in America asked Jeff to write a song
for the CD that is coming out along with his new book “The Purpose Driven Life” which has
740,000 preorders already!
8/26/02 Essential Records’ pop quartet True Vibe launches its sophomore release See The Light with nine consecutive days of promotional events in major Christian music markets including Chicago, Dallas and Seattle. Among the week’s activities are an appearance on Chicago-based television network WGN’s morning show, post-game performances at multiple minor league baseball games, and retail/radio supported concerts.
The Elms recently completed a string of tour dates with legendary guitarist Peter Frampton. Performing
for as many as 3,500 fans a night, The Elms showcased music from their new album Truth, Soul, Rock & Roll to be released on October 22nd. In addition to their tour with Frampton, The Elms will be hitting the road this fall with Jars of Clay for the “eleventhhourtour”. “Going out with Jars
will be a great way to spend the fall,” shared Owen Thomas, lead singer of The Elms. “We love how they’ve made their music the priority, and have
written so many songs that cause people to consider truth as a way of life. It’s going to be a great time.”
8/23/02 Amy Grant gears up for a busy fall promoting her Legacy album release
with nationwide tour with labelmate FERNANDO ORTEGA. A complete itinerary
can be found at amygrant.com. In the meantime, get your fix of Grant along
with SALVADOR and 38th Parallel on CBS’ Sunday Morning show this weekend,
August 25th at 8am cst. Also be on the lookout for the ABC 20/20 special
with husband Vince Gill to air sometime this November.
Atlantic Records’ own Plus One sings the sounds of Christmas on their upcoming Christmas release – due out October 15th. The guys will be on the
Pure Pop tour (www.pure-pop.com) starting in
Point of Grace received three nominations for the “People’s Choice”
2002 Inspirational Life Awards in the following categories: – “Performer of
the Year”, “Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year” – Free To Fly, and “Short
Form Music Video” – Begin With Me. Log on and cast your vote atwww.inspawards.com. Votes are accepted through
September 2002. More Point of Grace new below!
Sandi Patty has been busy touring with country artist Lee Greenwood (best
known for anthem “I’m Proud To Be An American”). Sandi’s new release Take
Hold Of Christ releases late October and will be ushered in by a promotion
Keep watch on Rachael Lampa and Salvador as they co-headline the ShoutFest!
traveling festival this fall. Their label “cousins”, 38th Parallel (Squint
Entertainment) are on the line-up as they promote their Turn The Tides
release. For a complete list of tour dates, vist the ShoutFest webste:www.shoutfest.com. More 38th Parallel below!
The new P.O.D. video “Satellite” will premiere online exclusively on AOL,
AIM, Netscape and Compuserve
worldwide August 26th/27th. (See www.netscape.com/music)
P.O.D will also make a guest appearance at
theTotal Request Live (TRL) studios on August 28th while in town for the MTV
Rock-n-Roll Hall Of Fame Concert (airs August 28th) . TRL will catch up with the boys and give everyone a sneak peak at their amazing new SATELLITE video!
8/19/02 Randy Stonehill’s new recording, “Edge Of The World,” releases October 22
on Fair Oaks Records. It features duets with Sara Groves and Phil Keaggy
and an all-star vocal line-up of Phil Keaggy, Russ Taff, Noel Paul
Stookey (of Peter, Paul & Mary), Larry Norman, Barry McGuire and Annie
Herring on a nostalgic number Randy wrote about the Jesus Music explosion of the 70’s. Phil Madeira’s instrumentals are also featured on several songs.
Worship Extreme recording artist Among Thorns, originally formed as the
house band for the Metro Bible Study in Houston, will release its
third project, “Draw Near,” on September 10. The modern pop album which
follows the group’s two previous releases, a self-titled debut in 1999
and “Desperate” in April 2001, showcases new lead singer Chad Jarnagin.
8/14/02 This has been one of the most difficult weeks in the History of ApologetiX Music Ministry. In the past 48 hours the drummer’s mother, and
the serious accident of the lead singer’s wife have caused several upcoming concerts to be canceled. If you were planning to sttend an ApologetiX concert, please call first to make sure it is still scheduled.
8/9/02 Congratulations goes out to Point of Grace member Terry Jones, who delivered her third child, a girl, on August 7. The baby’s name is Mallory Louise Jones. Point of Grace members Shelley Breen and Heather Payne are also both expecting, both due in September.
8/7/02 With the August 20 release of its debut album right around the corner, Daily Planet claims the No. 1 position on R&R’s Christian CHR chart with its debut single,”Flying Blind.” With a No. 1 song under its belt, Daily Planet now prepares its two-week promotional tour in key cities such as Chicago, Columbus, Ohio, Grand Rapids, Mich., and Orlando, Fla., among others.
Critically acclaimed rock band 38th Parallel will be featured this fall on the ShoutFest
Tour with other top-selling acts Rachael Lampa, Salvador and Daily Planet, among others. The new Squint band will perform before thousands of fans in key cities throughout the US beginning September 12 and running through November 17.
New Sparrow Records artist Aaron Spiro is a featured performer on the multi-act
Festival Con Dios, the highly anticipated tour that has garnered coverage from such major media outlets as Newsweek,
USA Today, CNN, Billboard, Entertainment Weekly and the Late Show with David Letterman. Running from September 12 through November 4, Spiro will perform in a key slot prior to top-selling acts Audio
Adrenaline, Toby Mac, Mercy Me and Out of Eden (complete itinerary below).
8/6/02 David Crowder Band, Sparrow/sixstepsrecords’ biggest selling debut artist ever, recently
met former presidential candidate and Senator Bob Dole in the Dallas/Fort Worth Airport. The senator was on his way to
a speech in Palm Springs, CA, while the band was headed to the CBA Convention in Anaheim, CA.
“We told him that we all voted for him,” says Toni Crowder, David Crowder Band tour manager, regarding Dole’s last
presidential run, “and his response was, ‘Well, we’ve got ’em outnumbered then.’” More David Crowder Band below!
8/05/02 Cross Driven Records Celt/pop/rock band Ceili Rain is set to release
their highly anticipated new album, No You-No Me, on September 17. This
will be the group’s third release since 1997.
8/2/02 Michael W. Smith will perform at The Bicentennial Mall Amphitheater on Monday,
August 5. This free one
hour concert will begin promptly at noon.
The host with the most (and August birthday boy) Gary Chapman has been hosting the Phil Valentine Show on WLAC News Radio 1510 for the past two days. In Nashville you can call him at 737-9522 from 3PM to 6 PM today.
If you were one of the millions of people who caught last weeks episode of
the latest hit reality TV show, “Meet My Parents,” you might have caught
“Speak To Me” by Audio Adrenaline playing in the background.
8/01/02 tobyMac is maintaining his status as the #1 seller at festivals this summer.
tobyMac’s debut album, Momentum, set a new record for the Berean store at
Spirit West Coast having sold the most units ever. These sales add to the
more than 200,000 units of Momentum already sold.
tobyMac is not only making huge showings at summer festivals, he’s also
confirmed for Festival Con Dios in the fall. And for the latest media, check
him out in Hip-Hop features, in both the August issues of U Magazine and
Reunion Records artist NewSong recently returned from the set of the holiday movie “The Christmas Shoes,” to be aired on the CBS Television Network this upcoming holiday season. Shooting outdoor night scenes complete with snow, members of NewSong finished filming their cameo appearances in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
David Crowder Band, Sparrow/sixstepsrecords’ biggest selling debut artist
ever, was the featured artist at the recent Presbyterians For Renewal (PFR) Youth Ministry event, Fun In The
Son, held in South Padre Island, Texas. Several hundred high school students attended the event and were treated to a high-energy concert by the
David Crowder Band as they performed music from their critically acclaimed and current recording, Can
You Hear Us?