What’s Up in Entertainment: October

Integrity recording artist Jason Morant has some happy post-hurricane news. After he and his wife, Brianna, were able to return to their home they were thankful to discover that the damage caused by Hurricane Katrina was less than first thought. They suffered wind damage but no major devastation. Morant has been working on an EP in the weeks since the Hurricane to raise money for hurricane relief along the Gulf Coast.  For more information, visit www.myspace.com/jasonmorantmusic.
November 13th kicks of World Week, seven days dedicated to raising awareness of global issues like health, education, environment, justice and peace. The event is sponsored in part by the music tour Will Play For Food. Aimed primarily at youth, groups participate in events like a gender banquet (where only one gender is served a meal and the other ignored) or a caste system program (where members with a certain eye or hair color are required to plead for permission to perform daily tasks, like getting a drink of water). Exercises are designed to help students understand the social, political and religious pressures in Third World Countries. For more information, visit www.worldweek.org.
Music for the Soul is releasing a CD project called After the Storm: Rebuilding Lives…Reclaiming Hope. The ministry plans to give away 10,000 free copies to those whose lives have recently been dramatically affected by the gulf coast hurricanes. The CD, which is scheduled to release November 1st, will include music as well as one-on-one interviews with evacuees. It will be distributed through churches, Christian counseling centers, shelters, and rescue missions.
Sparrow Records singer/songwriter Bethany Dillon garnered national media attention for her single, “Dreamer,” which is the end credit song for the recent DreamWorks film, “Dreamer: Inspired By A True Story.” Dillon walked the red carpet at the Hollywood premiere of the movie, and is mentioned in the October 17th issue of Time magazine for her work on both the “Dreamer” and “Narnia” soundtracks.
Recently re-launched Myrrh Records, which will focus on worship projects, has announced its first label signing, Texas-based Pocket Full of Rocks. The band’s debut album will release in March 2006. Pocket Full of Rocks has been leading worship in venues around the country since 1995. Their songs have been featured on numerous worship projects over the last several years, including “Let It Rain” on Michael W. Smith’s Worship album. Their song, “Let the Worshippers Arise,” was the title track for the latest Phillips, Craig and Dean release.
“Beautiful Love,” the music video from Simple/INO recording artist The Afters, has been nominated for an mtvU Award (Most Downloaded). The band is slated to be featured in the January 2006 issue of Seventeen Magazine as an “Emerging Artist.”
Floodgate recording artist The Myriad’s song “Perfect Obligation” has been featured on the Wal-Mart New Music Sampler that was available in the October issues of Seventeen Magazine and Teen People. 
Forefront recording artist tobyMac is set to launch his WINTERWONDERSLAM tour this December. The tour is sponsored by Total Axxess and Toys for Tots. Marines from local military bases will be at each show to collect the toys for their community. In addition, in Nashville, toys are being designated to go to kids that have been relocated there from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The WINTERWONDERSLAM tour also features DJ Maj, Grits, John Reuben, Matthew West, and Barlow Girl.  
“Brave New World,” from Sarah Hart’s latest album Into These Rooms, was recently featured on the Lifetime Television hit TV show, “Strong Medicine.” The show follows the lives of health care employees at a fictional women’s clinic in South Philadelphia. “Brave New World” was selected for use in the episode, “Broken Hearts,” which delved into the topics of Down Syndrome, transplant surgery and AIDS.
Steven Curtis Chapman and his family recently traveled to China, Uganda, Africa and El Salvador on behalf of their adoption foundation Shaohannah’s Hope. Chapman performed for Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, his family and over 40 cabinet members and met with Chinese government officials. In 2005 alone, Shaohannah’s Hope has assisted over 275 American families to adopt children from China, Russia, Korea, India, Guatemala, Vietnam, Haiti, Romania and the United States.
This January 2006, Passion Conferences will return to Nashville, TN to host “Passion 06,” a four-day indoor gathering for college students from around the nation and world. Leading the gathering will be renowned speakers Louie Giglio, John Piper and Beth Moore, among others, as well as such acclaimed artist-worshipers as Charlie Hall, David Crowder Band, Chris Tomlin, Matt Redman, Shane and Shane, Nathan and Christy Nockels, and more. “Passion 06” will be held at the Gaylord Entertainment Center (GEC) in the heart of Downtown Nashville. For more information, visit www.268generation.com.

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