Artist Updates: August 2009

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Featuring: Mark Willard, Leeland, Third Day, Casting Crowns, John Waller, Grey Holiday, Warren Barfield, TobyMac, Diamond Rio, Rebecca St. James, Leeland, Sidewalk Prophets, Smokie Norful, MercyMe, Melinda Watts, Mark Schultz, Phillips, Craig and Dean, Brandon Heath, Acappella, Paramore, TobyMac, Point of Grace, Mark Schultz, Diamond Rio, Dreampilots, BeBe & CeCe Winans, Stryper, Todd Agnew, Skillet
The Fireproof Original Motion Picture Soundtrack released July 14 with sixteen songs recorded by Mark Willard, Leeland, Third Day, Casting Crowns, John Waller, Grey Holiday, and Warren Barfield.
8/26/09 TobyMac’s first single, “City On Our Knees,” off his upcoming release scheduled for early 2010 is available now wherever you buy digital music.
Diamond Rio lead singer Marty Roe will be a guest on Hannity’s “Great American Panel” this Thurs. The program airs on Fox News Channel weeknight’s at 9pm EST. Hosted by one of the most prominent and influential conservative voices in the country, Sean Hannity, the program offers a mix of news, commentary, interviews and branded segments such as the Great American Panel — made up of three nightly in-studio guests from across the political spectrum to discuss the issues of the day. Diamond Rio will release The Reason on Word Records on Sept. 22 as well as the band’s first autobiography titled Beautiful Mess with Thomas Nelson on the same day. More Diamond Rio below!

8/25/09 Rebecca St. James has been performing concerts in Europe, including Flevo Festival, one of Europe’s largest outdoor Christian events, held annually in the Netherlands. She also recently finished work on her latest film project, Rising Stars.
Leeland releases its brand-new album, Love Is On The Move (Essential), today. More Leeland below!
Sidewalk Prophets makes their CBA industry debut today with the release of their critically acclaimed CD, These Simple Truths.
8/21/9 As a special “thank you” to his fans, multiple award-winning artist Smokie Norful will release Smokie Norful Live: Deluxe Edition (EMI Gospel/Tre’Myles Music) on August 25. The deluxe edition package will consist of an expanded version of Norful’s fourth and latest album release, Smokie Norful Live, with two bonus tracks (a studio version of the favorite “Dear God” and a live performance of the never-before-released “My Choice”) as well as an explosive 90+ minute live concert DVD of the album recording. In celebration of the release, Norful will perform special, free shows in Memphis and Philadelphia on August 25 and 26.

8/8/9 MercyMe was involved in a fatal car crash in Fort Wayne, IN, this morning when a car turned into the path of their tour bus. No one on MercyMe’s bus was injured, but two passengers in the car were killed and the driver of the car is in critical condition. Police say the tour bus was traveling through a green light this morning when a black car turned abruptly and drove directly into the path of the bus. MercyMe made this official statement: MercyMe would like to express their incredible heartache over this horrible accident. They are praying for the families of all who this will affect, and are asking others to please pray as well. The band and crew sustained minor bumps and bruises, however their hearts are heavy. They appreciate the concern they have received from people all over the world.More on the accident at Gospel group MercyMe involved in fatal car crash today – two dead.
8/7/9 Artist and winner of the 2008 GOSPEL DREAM competition, Melinda Watts is living her dream. Her debut CD, People Get Ready, is a hit record, charting all the way to a Top 20 debut on this week on Billboard’s Top Gospel Chart.

8/2/9 Platinum-selling, Dove Award winning singer/songwriter, Mark Schultz, received multiple standing ovations as the featured recording artist at this month’s Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. Saturday Morning Meeting in Bentonville, AR. Schultz was invited to appear at the exclusive executive gathering July 18 in preparation for the release of his highly anticipated, fifth studio album, Come Alive, releasing Aug. 25 on Word Records.
8/1/9 Phillips, Craig and Dean’s smash hit “Revelation Song” has claimed the top spot on Billboard’s Hot Christian AC, Mediabase/All Access Christian AC and the CRW AC charts, and created an overwhelming momentum for the band’s upcoming release, Fearless, on Aug. 4 (INO Records).
Brandon Heath and Leeland will co-headline the “Follow You Tour” fall, along with special guest Francesca Battistelli. The tour is named for the first single from Leeland’s next album which us a duet with Heath, The 43-city this tour will offer fans the chance to sponsor a child through Food for the Hungry.
Oklahoma Christian University (OC) has reached an agreement with the Acappella Company that will move members of the popular Christian vocal group Acappella to the OC campus this fall. The company’s headquarters will remain in Goodlettsville, Tennessee.

TobyMac is ready to release his first single off of his upcoming album slated to release in 2010. “City On Our Knees” will go for radio adds Aug. 14 and will gave fans a taste of what to expect off of his new record.
Point of Grace and Mark Schultz will be touring together for the first time on the 30-city “Come Alive Tour” this fall. The tour launches September 10.
After two decades of making music, acclaimed six time vocal group of the year and GRAMMY ® nominated Diamond Rio are unveiling their 11th album and first full length Christian record The Reason on Word Records on Sept. 22.
Paramore’s third album, Brand New Eyes, is set to be released on September 29, 2009. Paramore’s gospel fans are eager to discover if more of Paramore’s gospel roots will be showing on Brand New Eyes. For more on Paramore see The Gospel According to Paramore.
Hailing from the fjords of Scandinavia, Norwegian rock band Dreampilots will release their North American debut album Comedown on September 29th.

Sibling duo BeBe & CeCe Winans are gearing up to release their first album together in over 15 years. The album, Still, releases September 29th and on their own label, B & C Records. Still will be distributed through Malaco Records.
Legendary Christian rock band Stryper will kick off their 25th Anniversary Tour in September, touring throughout the U.S. before heading out on an international run in early 2010. In addition to their hits and fan favorites, Stryper will perform songs from their latest studio album Murder by Pride (Big3 Records) which was released today – twenty-five years to the day after the release of their debut EP, The Yellow and Black Attack.
Inspired by recent life changes and learning experiences, Todd Agnew will release his fifth studio project Need Oct. 6 on Ardent/INO Records.
Gospel rockers Skillet will end their nearly 3-year span between projects with Awake, which will be available in stores and at all online retailers on August 25th. Awake is already available for pre-order on Skillet’s official website, skillet.com.
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