Jeremy Camp tour to get personal with the audience

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Award-winning and top-selling artist Jeremy Camp has announced his fall 2007 tour, "An Evening with Jeremy Camp and Band—Live Unplugged" with special guest Mainstay. In an unusual move, Camp has decided to field questions from the audience during intimate Q&A sessions that are sure to make this tour unique.

"My fans are such a huge part of what I do—they make it possible," Camp said. "Therefore I just thought it would be great to get to know them better and also continue to make the evening very relaxed and personal."

And speaking of one of my favorite bands, Mainstay is set to release its sophomore project, Become Who You Are, this September on BEC Records.

Platinum selling, award-winning Word Records recording artist Mark Schultz recently completed the 3,500-mile "Across America" benefit bicycle ride, raising more than $25,000 to benefit orphans and widows. Schultz set out on May 7 from Newport Beach, Calif., and ended the journey July 6 at Wallis Sands State Beach in Portsmouth, NH. The ride also generated a documentary and new music, which will be featured in the Broken & Beautiful Expanded Edition CD/DVD releasing Sept. 25. Donations to help orphans and widows are still being taken. See www.markacrossamerica.org for more information on how to participate.

Dove Award-winning singer/songwriter Mitch McVicker has announced the upcoming release of his latest CD, Love Will Rise. Almost 10 years ago, McVicker nearly lost his life in the same tragic accident that claimed his best friend, Rich Mullins. Battered and broken, McVicker's road to recovery was arduous and laced with obstacles and setbacks, yet it was through this season of wrestling with God that he earned the "right to limp." "When Jacob wrestled with the angel, he walked away with a limp," McVicker explains. "That makes perfect sense to me now. We can't walk upright without leaning on someone else." Love Will Rise releases Sept.18 on the newly formed Surrogate Records label.

Gospel Music Association Hall of Famers The Imperials recently completed vocals for their upcoming recording. Tentatively titled Back to the Roots, the new album will feature songs from the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s, ranging from the Jake Hess years to the Russ Taff era and everything in between. Back to the Roots is scheduled for a September release.

The more things change, the more they stay the same—at least that's the way it seems for award-winning folk pop sensation Caedmon's Call. The band recently signed a new record deal with INO Records to release their 15th project, Overdressed. Returning on the project and for the tour is former band member and soloist Derek Webb. Lead vocalist Cliff Young says that it was a "no-brainer" to have Webb join the band on this project. "We have all grown so much over the past six years, and I know for me (and I'm sure the others) it was a natural process to switch to INO and then have Derek re-join us for this project and upcoming tour." To check on all of Caedmon's Call news, go to www.caedmonscall.com or their fan-run site www.caedmonscall.net. Overdressed releases Aug. 28.

Premier Christian Cruises, America's top presenter of Christian-themed events at sea, has announced details and artist bookings for their 2008 The Music Boat, scheduled to sail May 19 to 23 from Miami. Joining the cruise will be Casting Crowns, tobyMac, Todd Agnew, Matthew West, Hawk Nelson, NewSong, Leeland, Ayiesha Woods, Mark Harris, The Afters, Bethany Dillion, Dallas Holm, The Katinas, Joy Williams, Rush of Fools, Britt Nicole, and Echoing Angels. Also on board will be comedians Mike Williams, Rich Praytor, and Lanny Moody as well as "Full House" star Candace Cameron Bure and nationally recognized motivational speakers Tony Nolan and Dan Seaborn. New to the '08 cruise will be The Indie Jam Showcase, a competition at sea for aspiring new contemporary bands and solo artists. The winner will earn a performance spot on Premier's national concert presentation of the 2008 Winter Jam Tour Spectacular. For full details on The Music Boat 2008, visit www.premierchristiancruises.com.


Compiled from artist interviews and press releases