What’s Up in Music: June

It’s going to be a hot summer for INO recording artists, The Afters. The band has been accepted for MTV’s “Advance Warning”, a 30-minute show featuring up & coming artists. The segment will air multiple times on MTV during the month of June and repeat on MTV2 and MTV.com. American Eagle stores have selected the band’s single “Beautiful Love” for their “Back-to-School” campaign. The song will be featured in more than 860 stores as well as online. American Airlines is also using the song for their June and July in-flight video.
Rocketown recording artist Ginny Owens has formed the Fingerprint Initiative, an organization designed to assist humanitarian efforts nationwide. Fingerprint Initiative will do this by aiding in the creation and development of humanitarian programs that seek to serve others in a godly manner; by working with other nonprofit organizations engaged in such work; and by partnering with concert-goers and fans to provide financial as well as physical assistance to specific non-profit organizations, communities, or individuals whose needs directly reflect the organization’s annual theme. This year’s theme is “Touching Little Hands—Bringing Hope to Kids”, with projects slated for Habitat for Humanity, Compassion International and International Justice Mission.
After 33 years of music and ministry, veteran Christian rock band Petra has announced that the band will retire at the end of the year. “It has been a privilege and honor to represent our Savior and participate in His Great Commission,” says Petra founder, guitarist and primary songwriter Bob Hartman. “We have nothing but thanks to God for all He has done.” Formed in 1972, Petra has received four Grammy Awards, 10 Dove Awards and was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame. A rotating cast of musicians has comprised the band’s lineup over the years, and its collective 20 albums have sold more than 7 million units.
MercyMe recently celebrated their third consecutive mainstream hit single, when “Homesick”, from the album Undone, hit #9 on the R&R’s Adult Contemporary Chart. “Homesick” peaked at #11 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary Chart, where after 17 weeks it’s at #13.
Joe Ligon, founding member and lead singer of the three-time Grammy Award winning Gospel Music Hall of Fame legends The Mighty Clouds of Joy, was recently invited by the “Queen of Soul” Aretha Franklin to perform with her during her three shows at New York City’s famed Madison Square Garden. Ligon and The Mighty Clouds of Joy have been a pioneering force in gospel music since the late 1950s. They were the first gospel group to perform on “Soul Train,” and the first gospel quartet to use a full rhythm section and incorporate choreography into their performances.
IndieHeaven, the leading Christian independent artist organization, and Christian child care organization, Mission of Mercy, announce a partnership to sponsor “Will Play for Change”, an 18-city tour featuring national and local independent artists. Each tour date is sponsored and promoted by an artist from the IndieHeaven roster who lives in that area; other artists from the online community are invited to perform at the event being held in their general area. The anchor artist for the “Will Play For Change” Tour is Iowa-based group, Bread of Stone. In addition to their music ministry in the United States, these brothers also have a heart for countries hit hard by the Tsunami Disaster and have ministry teams in place in their homeland of Jawa, Indonesia.
Hit rockers Sanctus Real recently welcomed new bassist Dan Gartley to the band. Gartley, who has most recently been on the road with Relient K, replaces former bass player Steve Goodrum, who left the band to pursue another aspect of ministry. In a statement on the band’s website, drummer Mark Graalman says, “Though it’s hard to let go of our friend, we know that this is definitely the Lord’s leading in his life and that we would be cheating him by encouraging him to be anywhere other than where God truly wants him.”
“The Logan Show”, hosted by Logan Sekulow, wrapped up a successful first season with musical guest The OC Supertones. The show is promoted as a clean alternative to late night television in the vein of Saturday Night Live meets the Late Show meets youth group. “The Logan Show” is currently broadcast into 60 million homes in the U.S. and 40 million internationally, with new networks signing on weekly. In addition, each episode is also streamed live online at www.tctnet.org and www.jc-tv.net.
Grammy Nominated and Dove Award winning veteran alternative band The Choir has released their eleventh studio album, O How the Mighty Have Fallen. The group is comprised of industry veterans Steve Hindalong, Derri Daugherty, Dan Michaels, Tim Chandler and Marc Byrd. The independent release, produced by band member and award-winning songwriter Marc Byrd, returns the band to their ambient, picturesque roots with all new songs that hearken back to their glory days and reference the members’ recent success as writers and producers. CCM Magazine described Hindalong as one of the five most influential producers in Nashville for his work on the ground breaking City On A Hill worship series, which also featured songwriting contributions by Daugherty (“Beautiful Scandalous Night,”) and Byrd (“God Of Wonders”). Michaels currently serves as the Vice President of Promotion and Marketing for INO Records.
The 2005 Shai Awards were held in May in Mississauga, Ontario, honoring Canada’s top Christian artists. Walking away with top honors were: Starfield (Artist of the Year); Thousand Foot Krutch (Group of the Year); Brian Doerksen (Male Soloist of the Year); Carolyn Arends (Female Soloist Artist of the Year); “In the Pocket”, Greg Sczebel (Song of the Year); Today, Brian Doerksen (Worship Album of the Year); Shezza, Shezza, (Aboriginal Album of the Year). For a complete list of winners, visit HYPERLINK “http://www.shaiawards.com” www.shaiawards.com.
EMI CMG Distribution and Walt Disney Records have joined forces in a partnership that will give EMI CMG Distribution exclusive rights to the distribution of Disney audio products to the CBA market. “Walt Disney has created movie classics and beloved animated characters that have been loved from generation to generation, and with Baby Einstein, Playhouse Disney and the upcoming Chronicles of Narnia, Disney continues to be the most recognized and sought-after brand in family entertainment. We are pleased that Disney has allowed us to partner with them in bringing selected content to the CBA market,” said Rich Peluso, president of EMI CMG Distribution.

Big Idea’s VeggieTales have teamed up with Third Coast Sports to sponsor the 2005 “Faith Night” Series. The series joins Bob the Tomato and Larry the Cucumber with eleven minor league baseball teams across the US this summer for twenty-three “Faith Nights.” These nights include a pre-game Christian concert, testimonies from players, promotional giveaways and appearances by VeggieTales characters Bob and Larry on select dates in Nashville, TN; San Bernardino, CA; Portland, OR; Columbus, GA; Birmingham, AL; Hagerstown, MD; Fort Worth, TX; Tulsa, OK; Mobile, AL; Jackson, TN; Johnson City, TN; and Myrtle Beach, SC.
Dove and Stellar Award-winning artist Israel & New Breed have renewed their recording contract with Integrity Music Group, and lead singer and co-founder Israel Houghton has extended his exclusive publishing agreement with Integrity Music Publishing, announced Don Moen, president of Integrity Label Group. Coinciding with the re-signing announcement, the praise and worship group’s album Live From Another Level has achieved a gold certification by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

BillboardRadioMonitor has partnered with BigChampagne Online Media Measurement to syndicate BigChampagne’s music charts, which rank the Internet’s most popularly downloaded songs. BigChampagne is the leading provider of information about popular entertainment shared online via peer-to-peer (P2P) networks. The company believes that monitoring online activity provides a ”very direct and observable relationship between popular P2P content and success in the marketplace.” Monitor will begin publishing the weekly charts at BillboardRadioMonitor.com.

The Awakening, a new worship CD for men produced by Integrity Music in conjunction with Promise Keepers (PK) will go on sale at Promise Keepers’ first men’s conference of 2005 in Ft. Wayne, Ind. on May 20. The Awakening CD along with accompanying CD trax and a songbook will later be released to retail on July 12.
Billboard reports that Bob Geldof, the driving force behind the Band Aid and Live Aid benefits for famine relief, is organizing a series of concerts aimed at raising awareness about poverty in developing countries just days before G8 leaders meet in Britain. The events, called Live 8, will be held in Circus Maximus in Rome, London’s Hyde Park, the Eiffel Tower in Paris, Brandenburg Gate in Berlin and in Philadelphia. Performers include Coldplay, Madonna, Paul McCartney, R.E.M. and U2 in London; Will Smith, Bon Jovi, Dave Matthews Band, Stevie Wonder and P. Diddy in Philadelphia; Crosby, Stills and Nash, Lauren Hill and Brian Wilson in Berlin; Jamiroquai, Youssou N’Dour, Yannick Noah and Placebo in Paris; and Duran Duran in Rome. The Spice Girls are expected to reunite for the event as well.
Billboard Radio Monitor reported that XM Satellite Radio has surpassed the 4 million subscriber mark. It took 23 months from the inception of the service to hit its first million subscribers, but the momentum picked up rapidly, with the last million subscribers added in just five months. The company says it is on target to sign up 5.5 million subscribers by year-end 2005, with a long-term goal of 20 million by 2010.
Proving that depravity knows no boundaries, The Family Research Council last month reported that radio DJ Elliot Segal, of Washington, D.C.’s radio station DC101, held a contest to find the listener who had the most abortions. The on-air contest was held during the morning drive time, with one caller asserting that he’d been responsible for 16 abortions; his wife got on the phone to verify the five abortions she’d had with him. The FRC is calling for Segal’s firing, and asking listeners to voice complaints to Clear Channel, DC101’s parent company.
Ricardo (Waymaker Records) Ricardo In stores now
Best of the Submissions vol. 2 (Beatmart Recordings) June 14, 2005
John Reuben (Gotee) The Boy-vs-The Cynic June 21, 2005
Various Artists (Fervent) – Every Young Woman’s Battle June 28, 2005
60 Best Loved Hymns  (Martingale Music) June 28, 2005
Original Praise & Worship vol. 2  (Martingale Music) June 28, 2005
Inhabited (Fervent) – The Revolution – July 12, 2005
Salvado (Word) – Que Tan Lejos Esta El Cielo – July 12, 2005
DJ Maj (Gotee) BoogiRoot July 19, 2005
Mars ILL (Gotee) ProPain July 19, 2005
Paul Wright (Gotee) Sunrise To Sunset July 19, 2005
Big Daddy Weave (Fervent) – What I Was Made For – July 26
Various Artists (Fervent) – Absolute Smash Hits 2 – July 26
Various Artists (Fervent) – Absolute Smash Hits for Kids – July 26
Jeff Deyo (Gotee) Surrender August 2, 2005
Bart Millard (INO records) Hymned August 9, 2005
LA Symphony (Gotee) Disappear Here August 16, 2005
Hip Hope 2005 (Gotee) August 16, 2005
Vicki Yohe (PureSprings Gospel) He¹s Been Faithful August 30, 2005


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