Jeremy Camp steps off stage and goes on camera

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Christian music favorite Jeremy Camp is (temporarily) stepping off the stage and stepping in front of the camera in the new Web TV show, "Tyler's Ride." Camp plays Jesse, the house musician at the fictional The Vine cafe, providing not only background music, but also some spiritual guidance to the show's main character, Tyler, a spoiled, self-absorbed 23-year-old searching for meaning (and a job). While the show is reminiscent of Saturday morning teen dramadies and some of the characters come off like caricatures, Grant Allen is believable as Tyler and Camp, as expected, looks quite comfortable dishing out music and wisdom to a bunch of young adults. You can watch the show online at www.tylersride.com.

Keep your eyes out this summer for Drive It Home, the sophomore release from singer songwriter Paul Alan. There's nothing better than an album filled with perceptive, intelligent lyrics combined with well-constructed songs that go beyond repetitive, pop worship choruses, and this album hits every mark. The first single, and one of the best songs on the album, "To Bring You Back," is already climbing the charts.

Seventh Day Slumber has recorded Spanish versions of hits from the band's past three albums for a special release entitled "Rescatamé." The goal is to bring Seventh Day Slumber's music and message to the Hispanic community. Rescatamé means "Rescue Me," a sentiment that describes the healing power of Christ who delivered lead singer Joseph Rojas from a life of crime and drugs.

Three of Centricity's artists have their music featured on the "Party of Five: The Complete Third Season" five-disc DVD set. Circleslide's "Next Best Thing" and "Little Bird," Downhere's "The Invitation" and "I Can't Lose Forever," and newcomer Lanae Hale's "Alive Again" are included in five different episodes of the 25-episode season. Steve Ford, Centricity vice president, sales and marketing, cites the inclusion of the music as "evidence of these artists' ability to create music that is relevant to today's music lover."

The Beginnings Concert, an all-new live concert DVD/CD collection, brings together for a live performance some of the founding pioneers of contemporary Christian music, including Dallas Holm, Leon Patillo, Barry McGuire, Don Francisco, Chuck Girard, Steve Archer, Janny Grein, Dony McGuire, Reba Rambo-McGuire, and David Meece. The event was recorded over two evenings at Community Bible Church in San Antonio, Texas, and marks the first time that all of these artists have ever appeared together on one stage. The four-disc The Beginnings Concert DVD/CD collection features three hours of music, with 27 unique live performances, testimonies and bonus features.

New teen band Mission Six was featured in May on the Radio Disney Incubator, which showcases the hottest new musical acts under the age of 21. The group is made up of five young teens, ranging in age from 12 to 14. The band name, they explain, reflects the fact that each has decided to put God first in their lives, "making him the official sixth member of the band."

Los Angeles' Destination 7 is proving that a blatantly Christian message combined with great music can appeal to any audience at any venue. On June 7 the band will perform at the legendary Whiskey a Go Go, and then on July 6 they're back to headline a unique night dedicated to Christian music. Destination 7 was also named "Best Christian Artist of the Year" at the 2007 Los Angeles Music Awards, which recognizes the best in independent artists.

Melodic and entrancing, that's a good way to describe Mary-Kathyrn's latest album, Dreams and Visions. After being released to the general market last summer, Dreams and Visions received a first-round Grammy nomination in the New Age category. But while the music conjures up images of Enya, lyrically Mary-Kathryn is solidly biblical (much more than a lot of today's packaged pop). Fans of Enya, Loreena McKennitt, Sara Brightman, Seal or Peter Gabriel should check out Mary-Kathryn.

Hardcore rockers Norma Jean are in the studio finishing up their latest album, The Anti Mother. According to lead singer Cory Brandan, the album's title "is a character we created which represents anything that is deceptive, and yet possesses an outwardly beautiful nature." The Anti Mother is the follow up to the band's 2006 critically lauded Redeemer. Norma Jean will spend the summer on the Vans Warped Tour '08.

Rockers Underoath released their first-ever live CD and concert DVD, Survive, Kaleidoscope, in May. The two-song live CD portion was recorded during the group's fall headlining U.S. tour and features nine tracks from the band's gold-certified breakthrough album, Define the Great Line, as well as tracks from the band's They're Only Chasing Safety disc. The 65-minute live DVD concert film was shot in its entirety at the Electric Factory in Philadelphia, Penn. and offers fans a glimpse at the band's unique backstage experience. The acclaimed hard rock group is renowned worldwide for its cathartic and frenzied live performances.


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