Artist Updates: July 2009

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Featuring: Paramore, Point of Grace, Mark Schultz, Stryper, Brandon Heath, Leeland, Francesca Battistelli, Acappella, TobyMac, Dreampilots, BeBe & CeCe Winans, Shane Newville, Diamond Rio, Phillips, Craig and Dean, Brandon Bee, Todd Agnew, Ceili Rain, Mikeschair, Skillet
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.
7/23/9 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.
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.
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.
7/22/09 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.
7/20/09 This summer TobyMac is offering a summer exclusive deal as he shares his 3rd studio album, Portable Sounds with music lovers across the world and encourages his fans to do the same. Available now until late August, Portable Sounds is being sold for only $5 in Lifeway and Mardel Bookstores as well as musichristian.com. The album will become available for this discounted price in additional stores as the summer continues. Only on July 22, Portable Sounds as an mp3 will be available for $2.99 on Amazon.com
7/18/09 Hailing from the fjords of Scandinavia, Norwegian rock band Dreampilots will release their North American debut album Comedown on September 29th.

7/17/09 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.
“Samurai Showdown” from Shane Newville’s debut album Formless is airing nationwide on The CW network. The song is used in the trailer to promote an upcoming show entitled, “The Beautiful Life”.
7/15/09 Diamond Rio’s Marty Roe and Dana Williams stopped by the Goodyear Tire Test to check out the behind-the-scenes action with Kurt Busch and his crew before their press conference at the Atlanta Motor Speedway (with drivers Kurt Busch and Denny Hamlin) yesterday, Jul. 14, to promote their upcoming Pre-Race Party Concert in conjunction with the Pep Boys Auto 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Night Race on September 6th. Diamond Rio will be the first act to perform at Atlanta Motor Speedway in conjunction with a NASCAR event and this race will mark the Inaugural NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Night Race at the speedway. More Diamond Rio below!
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).
Seattle singer/songwriter and producer Brandon Bee will kick off his Revolution Tour on Friday, July 17 in Boise, Idaho. The tour will take Bee along the West Coast, sharing songs from his upcoming debut CD, This Is The Revolution, which is slated for an October 6 release.
7/13/09 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.
7/14/09 Inspired by recent life changes and learning experiences, Todd Agnew will release his fifth studio project Need Oct. 6 on Ardent/INO Records.

7/1/9 The newest Ceili Rain CD I Made Lemonade comes out today, July 1.
The upcoming debut, the self-titled project from Mikeschair bows July 14th on Curb Records. Mikeschair also performed in Nashville on June 17.
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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