Breaking this year’s record for the highest sales debut for a new artist, new Essential Records pop group True Vibe has added another significant accolade to its growing list of accomplishments. The group’s very first radio single, “Now and Forever,” has topped the charts on both the Radio & Records Christian CHR and The CCM Update CHR charts. The multi-format hit song is also Top 5 for the second consecutive week on the Adult Contemporary (AC) chart (The CCM Update). News of the accomplishment reached the group members as they were on their way to Virginia Beach, Va., for a guest appearance on The 700 Club.
“We’re thrilled to be at number-one!” the group collectively remarked from the Atlanta airport. “It’s amazing to us that where ever we go people already know and sing along with the song in concert,” continues group founder Jonathan Lippmann. “Our thanks go out to the many radio programmers, as well as magazines, and other media, who have embraced our music and this new group. We are humbled and look forward to further relationships with radio in the future.”
“The CHR format is tough to win at due to the vast diversity in programming philosophy,” notes Michael Johnson, Essential Records radio promotions manager. “For a song to grab a No. 1 at CHR says a lot about the broad appeal of the song and the artist. I’m very grateful for the tremendous support we’ve received from both AC & CHR and I’m ecstatic for the radio future for these guys.”
In addition to radio, True Vibe will be making its first appearance on the nationally televised The 700 Club. The group will perform the new single live to tape, as well as complete an interview. Group member Lippmann is expected to share his testimony as a former founding member of the multi-platinum 98 Degrees. (See:Saved by Grace, True Vibe’s Jonathan Lippmann Tells His Story) Check your local listings for times and broadcast locations in your area.
“True Vibe has become our most successful debut to date!” remarks Robert Beeson, Essential Records president, whose other album launches have included the multi-platinum Jars of Clay. “With their first radio single breaking into the top 5 on the charts this week, the upcoming tour with Aaron Carter, and with major media coverage hitting everywhere over the next couple of months, the momentum we are feeling should grow in the weeks ahead.”
True Vibe’s self-titled release has already become the year’s highest-selling debut when it appeared in stores during the month of May. Remarkably, True Vibe had performed live for more than one million people even before the release of the project, including 11 sold-out concerts with the multi-GRAMMY winning group Destiny’s Child and a nationwide promotional tour, which included an astounding 3,000-member crowd at a single retail event held in Seattle’s Alderwood Mall. True Vibe also recently performed in Nashville at the Opry Mills stage. True Vibe at Opry Mills
Following The 700 Club appearance, the group travels to Europe for a promotional tour and immediately returns to the US to join multi-platinum-selling teen pop sensation and Jive Records recording artist Aaron Carter on his “TEENick Presents Aaron’s Party” summer tour. True Vibe will perform with Carter in 20 major markets, large venues across the country. The tour is being sponsored by TEENick, Nickelodeon’s audience-specific programming that airs Sunday evenings and features the latest news on celebrities and style.
Nashville-based Essential Records was founded in 1992 and specializes in providing relevant pop, alternative and modern music. In addition to True Vibe, the label’s artist roster includes Jars of Clay, Third Day, FFH and Caedmon’s Call. Essential Records, and its affiliated label, Watershed Records, are distributed through Provident Music Distribution and through partnerships with parent company Zomba Music Group.
More info on Jonathan Lippmann and True Vibe can be found at:
True Vibe Tour Captivates Fans & Industry Alike
True Vibe Joins Aaron Carter’s TEENICK PRESENTS AARON’S PARTY
GMA Journal: Wednesday with True Vibe
True Vibe at Gospel Music Week: Provident Showcase
True Vibe to Release New Project in May
Artist Updates: True Vibe
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Christian Activities True Vibe Board
The True Vibe News Yahoo!Club
The True Vibe News Yahoo!Group
True Vibe Official Fan Club
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