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Multi-talented singer/songwriter, actor and producer Javen is slated to release his third project, Believer, through Los Angeles based JCM/jRock Entertainment on September 5, 2006. Javen’s multi-cultural sound and dynamic talents appeal to a wide range of audiences in the United States as well as in Europe and Asia.
7/28/6 This week, “The Logan Show” cast and crew are joined by legendary musician and evangelist Carman for the show’s season three finale episode. For over 26 years, Carman has crossed generational, denominational and cultural lines to entertain, encourage and preach the Gospel to millions. In addition to numerous Grammy nominations, Dove Awards and gold and platinum selling albums, this industry pioneer also received a coveted spot in the “Parade of Champions” at the Boxing Hall of Fame in Canastota, N.Y., as well as the prestigious Humanitarian Award from the House of Hope for his strong Christian example and for being a positive role model for young people and their families. Carman’s uncompromising call to take the Gospel to every person remains the hallmark of his life and ministry. For more information about Carman, visit http://www.carman.org.
7/27/6 Casual observers and many industry insiders might consider touring with Academy and Grammy Award winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Prince to be the pinnacle of achievement. But for world-class vocal stylist Niyoki, true success means being in the center of God’s will. Although grateful for the successes she had enjoyed in the general market, Niyoki felt drawn back to her Christian roots and began work on a solo project with which she could share a message of hope and praise. The result is My Everything, a project which releases August 29, 2006, on D2G Records, showcasing Niyoki’s amazing talent and depth of experience.
Speaking of Prince and his proteges in Christian circles, whatever happened to Sheila E.?
7/25/6 Hot on the heels of 2003’s best-seller Collide, which launched Skillet into the mainstream with the hit single “Savior,” touring with Three Days Grace, Salvia, Shinedown, and 12 Stones, plus a prestigious nomination at the 47th Annual Grammy Awards, Atlantic/Lava and Ardent/SRE will unleash Comatose on October 3rd, 2006.
Israel and New Breed have completed the mastering of “A Timeless Christmas,” their first-ever holiday recording. The 15-track studio album is due in stores September 26. “A Timeless Christmas” contains a mixture of soulful carols and new songs written by Israel, Luther Haynes and others including Marvin Winans. Israel and New Breed recently led worship for over 40,000 attendees of the annual MegaFest celebration in Atlanta, Georgia. The group’s new DVD companion to their “Alive In South Africa” double album is now in stores and available everywhere Christian music/videos are sold.

7/25/6 Sanctus Real’s No. 1 radio hit, “I’m Not Alright,” from its best-selling album, The Face of Love, has now become the newest mtvU “Freshman” video and first MTV-rotated video for the band! Thanks to all the fans’ votes at MTV’s collegiate website, mtvu.com, the video has been announced as the winner online. More Sanctus Real below!
Integrity Gospel announces the Christian retail release of “Surrounded,” the latest project from Sony Gospel recording artists Men of Standard. This marks the fifth full-length album for the Stellar Award winning trio composed of Isaac Carree, Lowell Pye and Bryan Pierce.
7/24/6 IBB Records artist Jerimae Yoder and his wife Karen welcomed Maeci Leigh Yoder into the world on July 12th at 5:19am. Maeci was born at Clarian North Hospital in Indianapolis, and weighed 8lbs. and measured in at 21 inches. Maeci joins brothers Kaleb (4) and Zarek (3) in the Yoder house.More Jerimae Yoder below!
7k’ Records artist (and former Mayfair Laundry vocalist) Kim Dexter and husband Paul (also from Mayfair Laundry) welcomed Maggie Dexter into the world on May 24th at 1:35am in Los Angeles. She weighed 6lbs.8oz and was 18 inches long.More Kim Dexter below!
The Spin 360 Record label has unveiled their first release, artist/worship leader Matt Papa, with immediate radio success. Matt’s new single, “You Are Good,” is an immediate add with Air 1, the nation’s largest CHR network. His debut CD entitled You Are Good releases October 10th, with widespread exposure already underway.
7/23/6 Kim Dexter is re-emerging this summer – as a solo artist. The former Mayfair Laundry vocalist has signed with California-based Christian record label 7k’ Records, and her solo debut So This Is It will be in stores August 5th. In the 1990’s, Mayfair Laundry was signed to the now defunct Pamplin Music, and toured constantly in support of a string of radio hits. When not on the road, Kim was working behind the scenes producing and writing music for several companies specialzing in music and video releases for children. Kim wrote the theme song for the immensely popular Bibleman video series as well as tracks for artists such as Bryan Duncan, Nicole C. Mullen, and Kim Boyce.

7/22/6 As their new hit single “So Long Self” hits mainstream AC radio’s Top 20 (No. 17 BDS) and No. 1 on the Christian AC Mediabase/R&R Chart, and they make their second appearance on The Tonight Show this week, MercyMe, has announced their national fall “Coming Up to Breathe Tour” in support of their latest, best-selling CD of the same name. Debuting at No. 13 on the Billboard Top 200 Album Charts selling nearly 60,000 units, Coming Up to Breathe has remained strong on both the Billboard Top 200 and Contemporary Christian SoundScan charts for the 12 past weeks since its release. More MercyMe below!

7/21/6 Slanted Records recording artist DecembeRadio, whose self-titled debut hit shelves on June 27th, has been selected to open for Kid Rock at the prestigious Anderson District Managers Conference that will be held in Dallas in late August. There will only be three acts performing and DecembeRadio is the middle act that will lead into Kid Rock’s appearance.
Jeff & Sheri Easter have a new CD coming out on August 25th called “Life Is Great and Getting Better.” More Jeff & Sheri below!
7/19/6 Artists including Amazed, Mark Lowry, the Hoppers, the Perrys, Jeff & Sheri Easter, Aaron Wilburn, Candy Christmas, Ann Downing, the Gospel Enforcers, Gordon Mote, Kirk Talley, Harvest, and many more participated in the Roger Neal & Friends Sing For MS special Christmas taping last month. Entitled The Miracle of Christmas, Amazed was a featured performer at the taping which took place at the Renaissance Center in Dickson, Tennessee on Tuesday, June 27, 2006.
7/18/6 The highly-anticipated debut release from Gotee artist Liquid, titled Tales From The Badlands, makes it’s way onto retail shelves today, and has already warranted raves from music critics everywhere. Tales From The Badlands is Liquid’s personal testimony of growing up in North Philadelphia, an area known predominantly for an abundance of drugs, violence and poverty; an area simply called The Badlands. The album showcases an eclectic mix of musical influences including Latino-tinged R&B, old-school hip-hop, and 1970’s soul.
PureSprings Gospel has announced the debut solo release from soulful singer/songwriter Marcus Cole, Write My Song, which will hit shelves on August 1, 2006. A collection of versatile pop standards and touching traditional gospel tracks, Write My Song depicts Cole’s voyage of faith.
7/17/6 Six months to the day following their debut performance last December, MercyMe has been welcomed back to The Tonight Show with Jay Lemo this Friday, July 21st! The band will perform their hit single “So Long Self” from their latest CD.
Sanctus Real’s No. 1 radio hit, “I’m Not Alright,” from its best-selling album, The Face of Love, has now been featured on MTV’s college website, mtv-U, where fans can cast their vote for their favorite music video, hoping to add it to the channel’s video rotation. You can cast your vote online today and everyday this week at http://www.mtvu.com/music/freshmen/. You can also vote via AMPED Mobile by TEXTING the word FRESHMAN to 22422 on your AMPED Mobile Phone. The deadline for voting is 11:59 a.m. on Friday, July 21.
7/16/7 Celebrating fifteen amazing years in Southern Gospel music, Daywind Recording artist Greater Vision presses towards the release date of their new project, Fifteen. In stores on Tuesday, September 12, 2006, Fifteen features Greater Vision’s most recognized songs, including My Name Is Lazarus, Just One More Soul and God Wants To Hear You Sing.

7/13/6 Rocketown Records recently announced the signing of four-piece pop band The Swift. The band will release its third national album Oct. 10 before heading out on a national tour.

Columbia/Inpop recording artist Superchick filmed a new music video in Los Angeles for “We Live.” The video has been playing on MTV Overdrive and MTV.com.
With offers from nearly every label in town, Flicker Records is excited to announce that they have signed indie-pop/rock band Nevertheless and the September 19th release of their debut, Live Like We’re Alive.
7/12/6 Johnny Cash’s “American V: A Hundred Highways” (American Recordings/Lost Highway) debuts at Number One on both the Billboard Top 200 Albums and Top Country Albums charts. The album, which was released on the Fourth of July, takes the top spot with sales in excess of 88,000 copies, according to Neilsen/Soundscan. Since 1958, while seven of Cash’s albums have reached Number One on Billboard’s Country Album charts, only one other album of his has reached the Number One position on Billboard’s Top Albums charts – 1969’s “Johnny Cash at San Quentin.” “American V” is Cash’s first-ever release to debut at Number One.

Singer/songwriter Tammy Trent returns to Christian music with the release of I See Beautiful August 1. Produced by Tim Miner, Trent, John Mandeville and Tony Montana, the album marks Trent’s first full-length release in six years, after stepping away from the studio following the loss of her husband. Featuring 11 tracks that combine Trent’s signature pop sound with worship selections and introspective ballads, I See Beautiful is an autobiographical snapshot of the love, loss, healing and hope Trent has experienced since her husband’s death in a diving accident in 2001.
Starfield is in the planning stages for a fall Canadian album release tour which will stretch across coast to coast of their great homeland: 4,000 miles of glorious Canadian soil in the heart of autumn. Be on the watch for an official announcement and schedule in the coming weeks.
7/10/6 Maverick/Gotee band Family Force 5 will perform on The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson this coming Friday, July 14th at 11:35am CST/12:35am EST on CBS.
IBB Records has inked a deal with TAG Artist Group to distribute the debut release Vertical from Jerimae Yoder. The CD, executive produced by IBB Records president and all-star pitcher turned recording artist Kent Bottenfield, will be in stores nationwide August 8th. Jerimae Yoder has been entertaining audiences nationwide on the Extreme Tour for the past year, melding together acoustic guitar with electronic elements that he gleans from influences like Beck, Wilco, Phil Keaggy, MuteMath and Damien Rice.
7/6/6 Rocketown Records recently announced the signing of four-piece pop band The Swift. The band will release its third national album and Rocketown debut, Singing Back to You, on Oct. 10 before heading out on a 30+-city fall tour with labelmate The Turning and special guest Josh Wilson.
Gotee records’ Grits has landed the big screen as their hit song “Ooh Ahh” (2006’s 7) is being used in both “The Fast And The Furious: Toyko Drift,” as well as “Big Momma’s House 2” featuring comedian actor Martin Lawrence. Grits’ music has graced the movies before with the single “Here We Go” featured in “Something’s Gotta Give” starring Jack Nicholson and Diane Keaton, as well as music used in independent films including “Devious Beings”, “Lockdown”, and “Road Dogz”. Their songs have also been used extensively on television including shows like “MTV CRIBS”, “The Real World”, “Pimp My Ride”, “Tough Enough”, and “Boston Public”.
With musical influences that range from Michael English to Frankie J, Matt Matt Earle’s 10 years of music ministry have prepared him for a move to the national stage. Through much prayer and soul searching, Earle made the decision to walk away from secular recording contracts that had been offered, and instead chose to record the independent project Have Your Way, which will be released by TAG Artist Group on September 18, 2006. The popular independent artist has a rapidly growing fan-base thanks in part to years of touring, a promotional partnership with Indieheaven, and his 2006 Momentum Award for “Urban Gospel Artist of the Year.”
Bryan Duncan and Hootie and the Blowfish performed for more than fifteen thousand people Sunday night at the Hilton Coliseum on the Iowa State University campus in Ames, Iowa. More than three thousand Special Olympians marched into the arena for the Special Olympics Opening Ceremony, kicking off the first-ever USA National Games which is expected to draw over twenty-five thousand people for the week-long competition.

7/5/6 Several months ago, Michael W. Smith (Provident Music Group) was named to the President Bush’s Council on Service and Civic Participation. The White House Office announced the President has asked Smith to be confirmed as the vice chair of the council.
7/4/6 Legendary guitarist, Grammy nominee and Dove Award winner Phil Keaggy is excited to announce the release of his latest album, Jammed!, which will be available starting today, July 4, 2006, on and distributed through TAG Artist Group. The instrumental album spans three decades of Keaggy’s work, showcasing his amazing God-given talent and blending the genres of rock, blues and funk with hints of fusion and jazz.
7/3/6 The Inpop Records debut release from Foolish Things is set to release July 18th, the Denver, Colorado based
pop/rock band, Foolish Things is a former winner of the Gospel Music
Association’s Estes Park talent competition and has garnered an
extensive and enduring fan base over its last eight years of recording
and touring.

One of the industry’s top bands, 2004 and 2006 GRAMMY Awards winning Audio Adrenaline will add a final chapter to its substantial career with ADIOS: The Greatest Hits, releasing Aug. 1. After 15-years of music, mission and service, Audio Adrenaline is saying “adios,” offering one more nod to its considerable fan base with the album and an aggressive tour itinerary through the end of this year. Details at Audio Adrenaline Releases Farewell Album August 1!
After four studio releases, an acoustic EP and a live album, Rocketown Records is releasing this summer the definitive collection of Ginny Owens’ greatest hits. Titled after her career-defining song, If You Want Me To: The Best of Ginny Owens will release Aug. 8. A consummate songwriter and performer, Owens résumé consists of three Dove Award wins, including New Artist of the Year, as well as a host of mainstream television appearances. Most recently, Owens appeared on CNN to educate viewers about the non-profit organization she launched in 2005, the Fingerprint Initiative, and its ongoing work with Habitat for Humanity and Hurricane Katrina recovery efforts.
As the innovative designer of the-state-of-the-art McPherson Guitars, Matt McPherson’s name has become synonymous with quality, integrity and inspiring music. Now he and his wife Sherry are preparing for their first national album release, Slow Down, slated for September 19, 2006 on Autumn Records.
7/1/6 Centricity Records announces the release Uncommon Days from four-piece rock band Circleslide. Their project is slated to hit shelves July 11th.
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