What’s Up in Music: July 2005

This September, Sparrow Records/Columbia Records will release Nothing Is Sound, the fifth studio album from the multi-platinum San Diego-based rock band Switchfoot. Nothing Is Sound will be available as both a traditional CD and as a DualDisc featuring the entire album in 5.1 Surround Sound with exclusive behind-the-scenes footage of the band on-the road and in the studio. The new album comes two years after the release of the group’s major label debut, the RIAA double-platinum The Beautiful Letdown, which yielded two Top 5 mainstream hit singles, “Meant to Live” and “Dare You to Move.”

Gospel Music Channel has announced audition and programming details for “Gospel Dream 2005,” the newest addition to its line-up of inspirational and entertaining programming. “Gospel Dream 2005” will reach out to a broad audience of gospel music fans, bringing performers from all over the U.S. and from all gospel styles – including traditional and contemporary soul, pop, rock, and R&B – to compete for a chance to be signed by a major label. For more information or to register, visit HYPERLINK “http://www.gospelmusicchannel.com/” www.gospelmusicchannel.com.

Three time GRAMMY winning band Jars of Clay performed to a live audience of more than a million at the Live 8 concert in Philadelphia on Saturday, July 2. The band joined high-profile musicians and celebrities including Bon Jovi, Dave Matthews Band, Destiny’s Child, Linkin Park, Maroon 5, Sarah McLachlan, Rob Thomas, Stevie Wonder, Toby Keith, Alicia Keys, Black Eyed Peas, Def Leppard, Richard Gere, Jennifer Connelly and Will Smith to raise awareness of the extreme poverty in Africa, encouraging leaders of the world’s wealthiest nations to eliminate Third World debt and increase aid to Africa.

Billboard Radio Monitor announced that as part of the Southern Gospel FanFair, SGM Radio, a network of Southern Gospel and Christian country stations which broadcast exclusively via the Internet, will be airing the inaugural SGM FanFair/US Gospel News Fan Awards on Thursday, Aug. 18, at the Chattanooga Convention Center in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

For the first time since Radio and Records began publishing the Christian Rock Radio chart, 100% of reporting stations are playing Disciple’s first single, “The Wait Is Over”, from their self-titled debut album. The single has been #1 for an unprecedented 5 weeks. Disciple debuted at #1 on the Christian Retail Soundscan charts, and #8 on the Billboard Heat Seekers chart. John Van Der Veen, VP of Sales for INO Records, says, “What a first week. Disciple sold 5 times more records than they had ever sold on any pervious week in their career. We were thrilled with the numbers.”

Celebrating a banner year of success following the launch of their debut album in July, 2004, Dove Award-winning rock band Building 429 is releasing Space In Between Us – Expanded Edition August 30th. Featuring songs from the band’s critically acclaimed national freshman bow, Space In Between Us, the expanded edition CD is additionally enhanced to unlock video and music content at HYPERLINK “http://www.building429.com/” www.Building429.com. The expanded edition includes five additional tracks including two previously out of print songs, “All You Ask of me” and “Free,” a remix of “No One Else Knows,” an acoustic version of the No. 1 hit, “Glory Defined” plus a new recording of the worship classic “Famous One.”

Tooth & Nail’s Hawk Nelson again splashes onto the Hollywood scene with a cameo performance in the remake of the 1968 romantic comedy Yours, Mine, & Ours singing “Bring Em Out,” a song they penned specifically for the film. Yours, Mine, & Ours will open nationwide in late November. The band made an appearance last year in the television drama “American Dreams”, portraying The Who.

Cherie Adams, former member of Sparrow Records’ group Avalon, has signed an artist representation deal with Fruition Artist Agency. Plans are under way for extended touring this summer and fall in support of Cherie’s debut solo album, The Sweet Life (Dolce Vita Entertainment). The first single from the album, “Water,” which Cherie co-wrote with Paul Brandt and Steve Rosen, hit airwaves in July.

Ardent Records/SRE Recordings singer/songwriter Todd Agnew will be headlining his “Reflection of Something Tour” this fall in support of his sophomore project, Reflection of Something, which hits stores August 16th. The “Reflection of Something Tour” will feature Sparrow Records’ band Starfield and introduce Fervent Records’ artist, Inhabited. The tour will hit 25 major markets nationwide.

Award-winning singer/songwriter Jeremy Camp will be headlining “The Restored Tour” this fall, hitting almost 40 cities across the nation. Sparrow Records’ Bethany Dillon will be one of the tour’s special guests. Inpop Records’ band Tree63 will appear on the first leg of the highly anticipated tour, and Simple/INO/Epic Records band The Afters will take the place of Tree63 on the second leg.

EMI Music recently announced plans to partner with Walt Disney Studios and Walden Media to produce two soundtracks of music inspired by the upcoming live action adaptation of C.S. Lewis’ best-selling classic, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. The first, an Inspirational soundtrack CD, Music Inspired By: The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, will feature recordings from artists that combined have sold in excess of 23 million albums.

And on a similar note, CBA Marketplace reports that the Southern Baptist Convention voted to end an eight-year boycott of The Disney Company, citing Disney’s leadership changes and other positive developments including their partnership with Walden Media in financing and distributing The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.

In July, the long-running Christian radio series, “Adventures in Odyssey”, released the first in a series of music albums featuring fictional character, Eugene. Eugene Sings! was released after the popular character made his return to Odyssey this spring, generating increased ratings for the radio drama.
In what Spain’s church community called the largest evangelical gathering in the nations’ history, world evangelist Luis Palau concluded his historic FestiMadrid outreach in June with over 85,000 people jamming Madrid’s famed Plaza de las Ventas esplanade to hear “great music and Good News” from the Christian communicator and some of the Spanish-speaking world’s top musical artists. FestiMadrid drew national attention as hundreds of churches and thousands of volunteers – called “Amigos del Festival” – united for the unprecedented event.
Legendary Gospel artist Ron Winans passed away on Friday, June 17, 2005 from complications due to pneumonia. Ronald Winans was part of the quartet of brothers The Winans, Marvin, Carvin, Michael and Ronald, known as the first family of gospel. Discovered by Andrae Crouch, they released ten projects, which led to numerous accolades, including Grammy awards. Ron Winans, however, is probably best known for his series Family and Friends. Winans released five in this series and songs like the Grammy winning Abundant Life, recorded by his brother BeBe, showcased Winans’ production skills. Earlier this year Winans released his final project on CD and DVD, Ron Winans Family & Friends V: A Celebration, which was recorded live at Greater Grace Temple in Detroit.

Last year’s breakthrough new Christian children’s video brand, The Praise Baby Collection returns with its next installment, Born to Worship, Sept. 27. The release will also complete a three-disc gift set in both DVD and CD formats available to consumers in time for Christmas. Born to Worship integrates creative visual elements with colorful animation and real world objects designed to stimulate early learning in the areas of tactile, cognitive, social, emotional and spiritual development.
Inhabited – The Revolution (Fervent) – July 12, 2005
Salvador – Que Tan Lejos Esta El Cielo (Word) – July 12, 2005
DJ Maj – BoogiRoot (Gotee) July 19, 2005
Mars ILL ProPain (Gotee) July 19, 2005
Paul Wright Sunrise To Sunset (Gotee) July 19, 2005
Big Daddy Weave – What I Was Made For (Fervent) – July 26, 2005
Various Artists – Absolute Smash Hits 2 (Fervent) – July 26, 2005
Various Artists – Absolute Smash Hits for Kids (Fervent) – July 26, 2005
Jeff Deyo – Surrender (Gotee) – August 2, 2005
Antonio Neal – Days Of My Life (EMI) – August 2, 2005
Bart Millard – Hymned (INO records) – August 9, 2005
LA Symphony – Disappear Here (Gotee) – August 16, 2005
Hip Hope 2005 (Gotee) – August 16, 2005
Vicki Yohe – He¹s Been Faithful (PureSprings Gospel) – August 30, 2005
Twila Paris – He Is Exalted: Live Worship (Integrity Music) – August 30, 2005
TobyMac – Renovating Diverse City (Gotee) – August 30, 2005
LA Symphony – Disappear Here (Gotee) – October 4, 2005
Liquid – Tales From The Badlands (Gotee) – December 27, 2005
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