Artist Updates: October

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Mary Mary will be on The Today Show Friday morning! More Mary Mary below!
Integrity Music’s Joel Aug� (pronounced “Ojhay”) won his first ever Covenant Award for Folk/Roots Song Of The Year for his song, “On The Blue,” at the 30th Annual Covenant Awards on October 24, 2008, presented by Gospel Music Association of Canada.
10/29/08 Levity Records pop artist Callann Lane (formerly known as Cali) has released her sophomore project Christmas This Year as an iTunes exclusive. the 6-song Christmas EP is loaded with a mixture of Christmas classics like “Let It Snow” and “Carol of the Bells,” plus soon to be classic originals and an energetic cover of Madonna’s 1983 hit “Holiday.”
10/28/08 Relient K and House of Heroes bring their musical festive tidings to this year�s Christmas season on November 18th via digital music stores with three brand new holiday songs and an animated music video from Relient K, as well as label mates House of Heroes offering up their rendition of the classic “Silent Night.”

10/26/08 It looks like Mark Schultz is going to be on “Extreme Home Makeover” tonight! Yep! There he is!
10/24/08 Praise & Worship powerhouse Ami Rushes will release “Wonderful Counselor Medley,” October 28, 2008, it was announced today. Kurt Carr puts his signature on an innovative project consisting of an A&B side CD sampler featuring “Wonderful Counselor Medley” and “Mary, Did You Know” which orchestrates Ami’s love for Christ and anticipation for Christmas.
10/23/08Travis Cottrell’s Ring the Bells, which released October 7 through the Indelible Creative Group, combines both holiday classics with original Christmas songs, including the title track which features a duet with Dove-Award winning artist Natalie Grant.
10/17/08 With the release date of Southern Hospitality less than a week away, Disciple has been selected to participate in Hard Rock Caf�s Pinktober in Nashville, Tenn. on Wed. Oct. 29. In its ninth consecutive year, Pinktober is Hard Rock’s signature Breast Cancer Awareness Concert Series to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer charities around the globe with all proceeds benefiting The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
Tenth Avenue North (Reunion Records) is proud to announce its new partnership with child sponsorship organization, Compassion International.
Country and Christian music’s popular duo, The Bellamy Brothers, are in the Cincinnati, Ohio area to perform at a rally for Vice-Presidential candidate, Sarah Palin. The event will take place today in Westchester, Ohio.

10/16/08 GRAMMY-winning, multi-platinum artist Casting Crowns celebrates its sixth consecutive RIAA milestone today with the Gold certification of its third live DVD/CD release, The Altar and The Door Live. More Casting Crowns below!
Tim Archer, member of the pioneer Christian music group The Archers and executive producer of the upcoming The Beginnings Concert DVD/CD collection, has recently launched his all-new website, TimArcherMusic.com. More Tim Archer below!
Earlier this summer EMI Christian Music Group commemorated the multi-platinum selling “Lead Me On,” one of the most popular, treasured albums in Amy Grant’s spectacular 30 year history, with a 20th Anniversary two disc set. This week, in support of these songs and season of life for so many who loved this project, Grant is launching the “Lead Me On” 20th Anniversary Celebration Tour� in Phoenix tonight, October 16th.
10/13/08 Sparrow Records� Sanctus Real connected with ABC reality program Extreme Makeover: Home Edition to host a benefit concert in the band�s native Toledo, OH. The more than $50,000 raised will be given to the Frisch family, also from Toledo, whose house was selected for an �extreme makeover.�
10/12/08 Casting Crowns Releases �Peace On Earth� This Week – Christian music�s four-time Group of the Year Casting Crowns ushers in the holiday season this week with its first Christmas album release Peace On Earth, which hit stores nationwide on Tuesday (10/7). The band celebrated this career first with a host of street-week activities, consisting of Christmas performances for TV on the TBN network and �The 700 Club,� airing later this year, plus a chapel service led by the band at LifeWay’s corporate offices in Nashville.
10/10/8 Pioneer Christian recording artists Tim Archer, Don Francisco and David Meece will be paying a visit to Atlanta, Ga., this week, where they will be featured guests on three Atlanta-based television shows–“Everyday with Marcus and Lisa,” “Babbie’s House” and “Atlanta Live”–where they will share their testimonies and music, as well as discuss their involvement in the upcoming The Beginnings Concert DVD/CD collection.
Award-winning children’s entertainer and recording artist Cowboy Dan Harrell will premiere his new show, “Cowboy Dan’s Frontier,” on Daystar Television Network on October 11, 2008. Episodes of the show will air in the 8:30am time slot on the second, third and fourth Saturdays of every broadcast month, as well as the fifth Saturday when applicable. More Cowboy Dan in our Children’s section.
10/9/8 Bread of Stone participated in this year�s Youth Leadership Seminar hosted by Pro Football Hall of Fame member, Anthony Mu�oz. Strive for Excellence, was the theme.
Integrity Music�s Parachute Band will release their new CD Tehnicolor, Oct. 14th.
10/8/8 GMA�s Artist of the Year nominee and two-time GRAMMY� nominated band Skillet�s explosive live show will soon be available for fans as the first-ever live concert CD and DVD combo, COMATOSE COMES ALIVE, hits on October 21st. This is the first live project for the band in their 12 year history.
10/6/8 INO/Columbia Records� rock band Decyfer Down gave their fans a taste of their upcoming album with their Digital EP that released on Sept. 30. Along with the first single, �Crash,� which recently peaked at No. 1 on Christian Rock radio, the digital EP is a preview of four-selected tracks from their upcoming sophomore record, aptly titled CRASH, which crashes into stores Feb. 10.
Michael W. Smith Premieres �A New Hallelujah� Music Video on Yahoo & the Gospel Music Channel: Christian music superstar Michael W. Smith gives fans an exciting glimpse into his upcoming 21st album, A New Hallelujah, (October 28) with the featured debut of the short-form music video of the title track, a hit song already scaling the heights of Christian radio charts. The video received its Internet debut October 1 as one of Yahoo Music�s exclusive Video Premieres followed by its television broadcast premiere on the Gospel Music Channel on October 2, in the �It�s All Gospel� video block. More Smitty below!
10/3/8 MLB.com is currently using GRAMMY-nominated hard rock band Pillar�s �For the Love of the Game� music video as an apt vehicle to showcase some of baseball�s biggest and best highlights. �For the Love of the Game� is the title-track from Pillar�s most recent studio album, its fifth, which released February 26, 2008.
Sisters Erica and Tina Campbell, better known as Mary Mary, bring their R&B, urban, hip-hop and electronica infused gospel music to the Gospel Music Channel in a new Front Row Live concert set to world premiere on Saturday, Oct. 4.
Front Row Live: Mary Mary will debut at 10 p.m. ET with encore broadcasts at midnight and again Sunday, Oct. 5 at 10 p.m. ET.
On the heels of his seventh No. 1 single, releasing his chart-breaking project HELLO LOVE, which took the No. 9 spot on Billboard�s Top 200 Album Chart and was the highest charting iTunes� debut ever for any album in the Christian industry, Chris Tomlin has announced his �HELLO LOVE TOUR,� featuring Israel Houghton and New Breed. The nationwide tour, which kicks off on January 22 in Hershey, PA, will hit over 35 cities across the U.S. through April 9th, including Baltimore, Houston, Dallas, Phoenix, AZ, Los Angeles, Seattle, Chicago, Newark and more.

10/2/8 Christian music superstar Michael W. Smith gives fans an exciting glimpse into his upcoming 21st album, A New Hallelujah, (October 28) with the featured debut of the short-form music video of the title track, a hit song already scaling the heights of Christian radio charts. The video, directed by Steve Gilreath, debuted October 1 as one of Yahoo Music�s exclusive Video Premieres followed by its television broadcast premiere on the Gospel Music Channel the following day (October 2), at 7 PM ET in the �It�s All Gospel� video block. Viewers will also be able to watch the video at www.gospelmusicchannel.com on the site�s new hi-def video player.
10/1/8 Sara Groves’ first Christmas album, O Holy Night, which will bow on INO Records this October 14th, features the magnificent story of Bethlehem along with the sounds of yuletide gathering of friends and family.

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