David Crowder Band will present the first ever "Crowder's Fantastical Church Music Conference" this fall, with a lineup that includes Louie Giglio, Rob Bell, Matt Redman, Francis Chan, Matt Maher, Jars of Clay, Leeland, Gungor, Francis Chan and Derek Webb. The event will take place Sept. 30 through Oct. 2 in Crowder's hometown of Waco, Texas. According to the event website, "the Church Music Conference is intended to expand these efforts and afford us the opportunity to collectively participate in these conversations with other church music practitioners, thinkers and artists, as well as provide exposure to the life and practice of music in our respective communities of faith." To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.davidcrowderband.com/fantastical/.
Steven Curtis Chapman, along with his entire family, will hit the road this fall for "A Night with the Chapmans." The event is hosted by Show Hope, and will feature Steven Curtis singing his most memorable hits along with a time for audience requests. MaryBeth will speak in promotion for her new book, "Choosing to See," and sons Caleb and Will Franklin will perform with their band, Caleb. The special family affair kicks off Sept. 10 in Lancaster, Penn. and will hit 34 cities before ending Nov. 21 in Baltimore, Md. For more information, visit www.StevenCurtisChapman.com.
Singer/songwriter/author Andrew Peterson was honored recently with a 2010 Christy Award for his third children's book, "North! Or Be Eaten," the second in his series The Wingfeather Saga. The Christy Awards were established in 1999 in order to recognize and promote fiction of exceptional quality and impact written from a Christian worldview. Peterson recently released his latest music project, Counting Stars.
Casting Crowns releases a new CD/DVD, Until the Whole World Hears LIVE, giving fans a front-row seat to the band's powerhouse 2009/2010 "Until the Whole World Hears" national concert tour. The project was recorded at Greensboro Coliseum in North Carolina this past April, with additional footage recorded at North Charleston Coliseum, in Southern California and at Von Braun Center, Huntsville, Ala. The live two-disc set includes the hits "If We've Ever Needed You," "Glorious Day," and the No. 1 hit single "Until the Whole World Hears." In addition to concert footage and a peek behind-the-scenes, fans will get five devotional-style video lessons led by Mark Hall, giving viewers a deeper look at the biblical studies and personal stories that have inspired the band's message-driven songs for the family. The CD/DVD package is available Aug. 31.
Bob Carlisle, best known to music fans as the artist with the chart topping hit, "Butterfly Kisses," recently made his stage debut in the Atlanta, Ga. production of "I Dream," a musical celebration of the life and legend of Dr. Martin Luther King. Carlisle appears in the role of pastor/friend to Dr. King and sings the stirring anthem "Freedom Revolution" at the end of Act I. The production is directed by actress Jasmine Guy and stars Tony-nominated actor Quentin Darrington in the role of Dr. King and Demetria McKinney as Coretta Scott King.
Grammy-nominated artist Jeremy Camp releases his sixth studio album, We Cry Out: The Worship Project, on Aug. 24. Fans can pre-order for the regular or deluxe edition of the album at iTunes.com. The deluxe edition digital pre-order includes the album delivered on Aug. 24, an automatic download of the single "Jesus Saves," five additional songs and two videos with bonus content.
The new Integrity Digital Magazine offers stories about your favorite worship artists along with free downloads and chord charts. To see the July/August issue of the magazine, visit www.content.integritydirect.com/digitalmagazine.html. Integrity has also launched another way for fans to get free music: Tweet4Track. The applications lets users send a Twitter message about a featured Integrity artist from Tweet4Track's website and receive a free MP3 download from new and upcoming projects. The free download is immediate, and also offers the opportunity to purchase and download full albums of the artists. To learn more, visit www.tweet4track.com.
New Christian music artist Charmaine's single, "Run," from her album Love Reality, will be featured on Rock Band Network, which offers downloadable songs for fans to play on their Playstation, Xbox 360 and Wii.
Reach Records recording artist Trip Lee's third studio album, Between Two Worlds, debuted in June at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Christian Albums Chart and Top Gospel Albums Chart and at No. 58 on the Billboard Top 200, making it one of the week's top-selling debuts in all genres. The rap/hip hop/R&B album also debuted in the Top 10 Albums Chart at iTunes, peaking at No. 7, and sharing Top 10 status with new releases from Eminem, Miley Cyrus, Ozzy Osbourne and others. Between Two Worlds features guest performances by Lecrae, Sho Baraka, Jimmy Needham, Thi'sl and Jai.
Rockers Mae will embark on their "Goodnight, Goodnight" tour this fall, bringing back original members Rob Sweitzer and Mark Padgett for the band's first tour in a year and their first in three years with the original lineup. After the tour, the band will be "hiding away, embarking on new adventures, trying out life's opportunities as individuals with freedom and anticipation." For the last year Mae has been on a 12- month drive to support a charity a month; they've built a house, raised money, collected food, and more. For complete tour dates, visit www.whatismae.com.
Indie music artists take note: Inpop Records has extended an open invitation to any artist, manager, publisher, talent scout, or producer who would like to submit new music for consideration. According to a news release, the initiative is designed to expand Inpop Records' potential talent pool, give the label exposure to a wider spectrum of music styles and artists, and help build relationships with up-and-coming music producers and other future industry gatekeepers. Complete information on the submission process and procedure can be received by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sanctus Real lead vocalist Matt Hammit and his wife Sarah are eagerly awaiting the birth of their third child and first son, Bowen. During a routine ultrasound when Sarah was 19 weeks into the pregnancy, doctors discovered that the baby has a condition called Hypoplastic Left Heart. The couple has been preparing for their son's birth and the surgeries and care he'll need when he's born, so please keep them in your prayers.
Word Records' Satellites & Sirens was featured at MTVMusic.com as the "Needle in the Haystack" spotlight artist in June.
Swimming With Dolphins, which includes Minneapolis, Minn.-native Austin Tofte, former frontman for Owl City, recently signed with Tooth & Nail Records. The band is working on their Tooth & Nail debut this summer.
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