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Chris Tomlin

Christopher Dwayne Tomlin (born May 4, 1972) is a Christian worship leader and songwriter from Grand Saline, Texas, Unit...

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{"key":"2890","name":"Chris Tomlin","bio":"Christopher Dwayne Tomlin (born May 4, 1972) is a Christian worship leader and songwriter from Grand Saline, Texas, United States. He is a staff member at Austin Stone Community Church and is signed to EMI's sixstepsrecords. Tomlin also leads worship at many Passion events. Some of his most well-known songs are How Great Is Our God, Forever, Famous One, We Fall Down and Holy Is the Lord.According to the Christian Copyright Licensing International, Tomlin is the most sung Christian artist in the United States. He was awarded Male Vocalist at the 2006 and 2007 Gospel Music Awards, and was named Artist of the Year in 2007.","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/2890_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"40,000 - 75,000"}

Jars of Clay

Jars of Clay is a popular Christian alternative rock group formed while the band members attended Greenville College in ...

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{"key":"2888","name":"Jars of Clay","bio":"Jars of Clay is a popular Christian alternative rock group formed while the band members attended Greenville College in Greenville, Illinois, United States in 1992. The group's sound has varied over the years as the band has experimented with pop, folk, rock, trip-hop, gospel, and hymnsong. Their self-titled album featured layered acoustic guitars over programmed trip-hop beats. The song \"Flood\" was the band's biggest crossover hit, and it hit #37 on the Billboard Hot 100 as well as #12 on the Modern Rock chart.The following albums saw large shifts in style. Much Afraid saw them releasing gorgeous - sometimes brittle - music, which the Band intended to have a \"timeless\" sound, while If I Left the Zoo is a quirkier but musically brilliant album, featuring considerably more keys and experimentation. The Eleventh Hour is their first true \"rock\" album. They returned to acoustic guitars for the \"Furthermore\" project, which featured two EPs - a live disc and an acoustic disc. The band's 5th album, Who We Are Instead continued some of the band's earlier sonic experiments and showcased some new gospel, bluegrass, and hymnsong influences. The hymnsong approach was continued on an album of new arrangements of classic hymns - Redemption Songs.Good Monsters was released on Sept. 05, 2006. The album was hailed by CCM Magazine as \"Album of the Year\" - a controversial move considering that this announcement was made in August. \"Good Monsters\" further showcases the diverse style of the venerable quartet and is considered by the band to be their first true \"rock\" record. It is a rock driven record with electric guitars having prevalence on more of the songs than any previous albums. The album also has other stylistic influences and even includes a choir of African school children, while lyrically, it hits the darker side of their self-shaped genre.In 2007, Jars of Clay announced that they were leaving Essential Records and were creating their own record label, Gray Matters. Jars of Clay released Christmas Songs through Gray Matters in 2007, and the Closer EP was released in the Summer of 2008.April 21, 2009 marked the release of The Long Fall Back to Earth, containing two tracks from the Closer EP and 12 additional tracks. Two Hands is the first single from that release.","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/2888_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"30,000 - 50,000"}

Third Day

Well-crafted southern rock with substance. Third Day's music mixes faith with the pure energy of rock n' roll to give f...

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{"key":"2892","name":"Third Day","bio":"Well-crafted southern rock with substance. Third Day's music mixes faith with the pure energy of rock n' roll to give fans a non-watered down way to express their belief. Members: Mac Powell (vocals\/guitar) , Mark Lee (guitar), Tai Anderson (bass) and David Carr (drums).Early yearsThird Day began in 1991, when singer Mac Powell and guitarist Mark Lee finished studying at McEachern High School in Powder Springs, Georgia. They had already played together in a garage band called Nuclear Hoedown, but now wanted to form a band where they could express their faith in God. Powell and Lee added a keyboard player named Billy Wilkins, and dedicated their time to write songs and perform around the state of Georgia.In 1992, they were playing at Lee's church the same night that drummer David Carr and bassist Tai Anderson were playing with a band called Bullard Family Singers. Their youth director asked the band to perform at their church. The group took along quickly and were invited to join the band. The album that Carr produced would be released the next year under the title Long Time Forgotten.In 1993, while dealing with their studies, the band started playing more aggressively around Atlanta and saved $3,000 to record a full-length album. Also, during this time, original member, Billy Wilkins, who was working as a school teacher, ended up leaving the band. Still, Third Day continued to work on their first full-length album, recording at Furies Studios in Atlanta. The album was finally released in 1994 with 2,000 copies available. In 1995, the band started looking for a second guitarist. They had heard Brad Avery play with singer Chris Carder and asked him to play with the band. After playing \"Consuming Fire\" during their first rehearsal, Avery officially joined the band.As the band completed its line-up, they also started playing steadily around the South-east area. They also started playing at an Atlanta venue called the Strand Theatre. The management of the local decided to sign the band to a new independent record label called Gray Dot Records. That same year, the band released the album Third Day, which ended up selling 20,000 copies. Shortly after, Reunion Records signed the band to a multi-album deal.International SuccessIn 1998, the band started working on their next project titled Time under the production of Monroe James. They had compiled around 30 songs to choose from during the last year, and ended up choosing only ten. The album was also nominated for a Grammy and won another Dove Award for the band. Some of the other songs the band recorded, but were left out can be found in the EP Southern Tracks. Also, during the band's live shows, the worship part was becoming more \"powerful\", which prompted them to release an album exclusively of worship songs, titled Offerings: A Worship Album. The album was recorded in about a week, and they followed it with a tour alongside Jennifer Knapp. They also collaborated in the project called City on a Hill: Songs of Worship and Praise.In 2001, the band played in Australia and New Zealand on the heels of the success of the Offerings album. They continued to tour in the States, and recorded one of their concerts in Atlanta to be released as their first DVD, The Offerings Experience. The concert was held at the Hi-Fi Buys Ampitheatre with an attendance of close to 15,000 people. That same year, the band won a total of five Dove Awards as well as their first Grammy. They followed that year with the release of Come Together which ended up winning two Dove Awards and one more Grammy. The album was certified gold the next year, along with Time. In 2003, they also released a follow-up to their hit Offerings titled Offerings II: All I Have to Give.The band appeared in the 2002 film \"Joshua\", the movie version of the Joseph Girzone novel of the same name. The Third Day song \"My Hope is You\" was included in the Joshua soundtrack album.Recent YearsIn 2004, the band released their next album, Wire, and toured the States with tobyMac and Warren Barfield. In June of the same year, the band traveled to Europe for a two-week tour. Upon returning, the band recorded a concert at Louisville which ended up as their next project, Live Wire, released later that year. During that year, they also collaborated on the soundtrack for Mel Gibson's film, The Passion of the Christ, they played at the Republican National Convention, and were featured in the show 60 Minutes. In January 2007, the band played one night each in Melbourne, Brisbane, and Sydney, Australia.Their next album, Wherever You Are, debuted on the Billboard 200 at #8. It also won the band their third Grammy. They have followed it with the holiday album, Christmas Offerings in 2006, and with a compilation of their hits titled Chronology in 2007. On February 28th, 2008, Third Day released a statement announcing Brad Avery's departure from the band after 13 years and over 1000 concerts.Their best album to date entitled Revelation was released July 29, 2008. Third Day released Miracle on November 6, 2012. The band toured Miracle on the Miracle Tour with artists Colton Dixon and Josh Wilson as their opening acts, commencing on February 21, 2013 in Fairfax, Virginia and concluding on May 19, 2014 in Orlando, Florida.Third Day released the worship album Lead Us Back: Songs of Worship on March 3, 2015. The album, produced by the duo The Sound Kids, composed of Jonny Macintosh and JT Daly, peaked at No. 20 on the Billboard 200, No. 1 on the Christian Albums chart, No. 5 on the Top Rock Albums chart and No. 13 on the Digital Albums chart. The album has had one single, \"Soul on Fire\", that spent 19 weeks on the Billboard charts, peaking at No. 2 on Hot Christian Songs and No. 3 on Christian Digital Songs.","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/2892_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}

Jeremy Camp

Jeremy Camp, a multi-award winning Christian vocalist and guitarist, was born on January 12, 1978 in Lafayette, Indiana....

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{"key":"2894","name":"Jeremy Camp","bio":"Jeremy Camp, a multi-award winning Christian vocalist and guitarist, was born on January 12, 1978 in Lafayette, Indiana. His thoughtful lyrics and booming voice have earned him legions of fans and accolades including 16 No. 1 songs, five Dove Awards, three ASCAP Songwriter of the Year wins and an American Music Award nomination. Before his music career began, his father (a pastor at Harvest Chapel church in Lafayette) taught his son how to play guitar. After completing high school, Camp attended a bible college in Southern California for two years.Camp was raised in a Christian home and drew musical inspiration from worship music and secular tunes alike. Touchstone albums in his artistic development include U2's The Joshua Tree, Delirious?' King of Fools , Jars Of Clay's debut album, Jars of Clay, and Steven Curtis Chapman's The Great Adventure.When one of the worship leaders at the school heard Camp playing with some friends at his dormitory, he urged him to become involved with their music ministry program, and soon he was performing at Christian music events all over California, recording a self-released disc called Burden Me in 2000.At one such appearance, Camp met a young woman named Melissa, and the two struck up a friendship that blossomed into a romance. When Melissa broke off the relationship after a few months, Camp was crushed, but when he next saw her, her life had taken a serious turn \u2013 she had been diagnosed with ovarian cancer and was in the hospital. When Melissa went into remission, Camp married her, but after their honeymoon, they discovered the cancer had returned, and in early 2001 she passed on; she was only 21. Camp poured both his sorrow and the faith that helped see him through into his music, and in 2002 he was signed to BEC Recordings, who released his first nationally distributed album, Stay; it was both a critical and commercial success, and five songs from the disc reached the top of the Christian singles chart. While touring in support of Stay, Camp met singer Adrienne Leisching, former singer with the Benjamin Gate; the two hit it off, and in 2003 they were married, and have since been blessed with two daughters. In 2004, Camp released his second album for BEC, Carried Me: The Worship Project, which matched the gold record success of Stay, and Camp won two Dove Award trophies for Best Male Vocalist and Best New Artist. In 2005, Camp released two albums \u2013 a studio set, Restored, which rose to number 45 on the Billboard Top Albums chart and spawned three number one Christian singles, and a live disc, Live Unplugged from Franklin TN. Camp also recorded the song \"Open Up Your Eyes\" for the soundtrack of the hit film The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, which earned him another Dove Award. The fall of 2006 brought another studio set from Camp, Beyond Measure, which reached number 29 on the Billboard charts and produced two more hit singles. Speaking Louder than Before, his sixth album, was released on November 25, 2008. The Way Songfacts reports that his seventh album, We Cry Out: The Worship Project , was released on August 24, 2010, and peaked at #1 on the Billboard Christian Albums Chart.","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/2894_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"40,000 - 75,000"}

Michael W. Smith

Michael W. Smith (born October 7th, 1957) is an American singer, author, songwriter, guitarist, and keyboardist.Since hi...

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{"key":"2897","name":"Michael W. Smith","bio":"Michael W. Smith (born October 7th, 1957) is an American singer, author, songwriter, guitarist, and keyboardist.Since his first solo project in 1983, Smith has become one of the most popular artists in the contemporary Christian music world, while also finding considerable success in the mainstream. Smith has frequently topped both Christian radio and Billboard charts and is often listed as one of the top keyboardists in rock and roll in Keyboard Magazine. Smith has sold more than 13 million records and has had 29 #1 hit songs. By 2005, he had garnered 14 gold records and 5 platinum records, 40 Dove Awards, an American Music Award and 3 Grammy Awards. He was also named one of People magazine's most beautiful people.The Glory Songfacts reports that recorded with a 65-piece London orchestra, Glory is Christian musician Michael W. Smith\u2019s seventeenth studio album and his second instrumental record. It was released November 22, 2011. His first instrumental album was Freedom, which was released November 21, 2000.","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/2897_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"40,000 - 75,000"}

MercyMe

MercyMe is an American contemporary Christian band, originally formed in Greenville, Texas in the mid-1990s. The band si...

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{"key":"2898","name":"MercyMe","bio":"MercyMe is an American contemporary Christian band, originally formed in Greenville, Texas in the mid-1990s. The band signed with INO Records in 2001 and released their first album, Almost There, which propelled them into the mainstream spotlight with the smash hit \"I Can Only Imagine\". The album went on to sell more than 2 million records in only three years and earned the band an American Music Award nomination.In 2002, the band released their popular second album, Spoken For, which produced two more Top 10 hits. The combined success of the band's first two albums garnered a nomination for the Favorite Contemporary Inspirational Artist at the American Music Awards.In 2004, MercyMe released Undone which produced two Top 10 hits: Here With Me which also hit Billboard's Top 100 chart that same year, and In The Blink of an Eye which, as of the end of 2005, was at #5 on R&R's top Christian hits. In 2005 they also released their Christmas album titled The Christmas Sessions.2006 saw the release of the album Coming Up to Breathe, which peaked at number one on the Billboard Top Christian Albums, and #13 on the Billboard 200 album chart. Also released was Coming Up to Breathe Acoustic.In 2007, MercyMe released their newest album, All That Is Within Me, which debuted at #15 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart.In 2010 they released The Generous Mr. Lovewell. The album debuted at number three on the Billboard 200 and number one on the Christian Albums chart.August 30, 2011 they released an album titled The Worship Sessions; it's currently exclusive to Family Christian Bookstores and can not be found on iTunes or Amazon.The The Hurt & The Healer Songfacts says that their eighth major label studio album, The Hurt & Tye Healer, will be released on May 22, 2012. The record was produced by Brown Bannister and Dan Muckala and is centered around the concept of bringing healing to the hurting.","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/2898_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}

Matt Redman

Matt Redman is a British Christian songwriter, and was one of the main worship leaders associated with the Soul Survivor...

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{"key":"2916","name":"Matt Redman","bio":"Matt Redman is a British Christian songwriter, and was one of the main worship leaders associated with the Soul Survivor organization. He is now with Passion Conferences and an artist for Six Steps Records. He has authored and edited multiple books on Christian worship, including \"The Unquenchable Worshipper\" and the book Facedown which accompanied the album. Some of his most popular songs include Heart Of Worship, Let Everything That Has Breath, Once Again, and Blessed Be Your Name, the latter winning the \"Worship Song of the Year\" award in the 2005 GMA music awards.He has since launched another album, Beautiful News, and continues to write many more popular songs such as You Never Let Go and Shine.Songfacts states that Redman's eighth album 10,000 Reasons, was co-written with several of his friends. He then recorded the songs live in Atlanta, leading worship for over 1,000 worship leaders during LIFT: A Worship Leader Collective, put on by Passion City Church and sixstepsrecords on February 18 and 19, 2011. It sold nearly 7,000 units its first week in the US, almost doubling Redman's previous album release We Shall Not Be Shaken. The LP entered the Billboard 200 at #66, his biggest debut to date.","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/2916_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}

Phil Wickham

Phil Wickham is a Contemporary Christian music vocalist/songwriter and guitarist from California. Wickham has released s...

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{"key":"2983","name":"Phil Wickham","bio":"Phil Wickham is a Contemporary Christian music vocalist\/songwriter and guitarist from California. Wickham has released six albums, Give You My World in 2003, a self-titled album in 2006, Cannons in 2007, singalong in 2008, Heaven and Earth in 2009, Response in 2011 and The Ascension in 2013Born in Orange County son of well-known worship leader John Wickham. He moved to San Diego in the middle of junior high school, which spawned his career. Asked by his youth pastor to lead worship at the age of 12, Wickham accepted, encouraged by his father then a worship pastor at Chuck Smith's Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa.By 18, Wickham had released his debut CD, Give You My World, including the hit song \"Shining.\" Surprised by its good reception, he began working on twelve new songs for his self-titled album, which was released on April 25, 2006 with Simple Records.Wickham's second release with Simple\/INO Records, Cannons, was released in 2007. Cannons was inspired by cannon explosions and C.S. Lewis's book, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader from The Chronicles of Narnia series. Wickham stated in an interview with ChristianityToday.com that the album is \"about how the universe is exploding with the glory of God, and how we are compelled to join in with its song.\" The 10th track from Cannons, \"Jesus Lord of Heaven\", has been translated into seven different languages. On August 8, 2008 Wickham released a live worship album titled singalong, recorded at Solid Rock Church in Portland, Oregon with 3000 fans present. The album was released as a free download, only available from his website, and received over 8,000 downloads within a week of being released. After the release of his singalong album, his self-titled debut climbed to No. 25 on iTunes Top Christian Albums chart (2 years after its initial release).Wickham visits churches across the nation to play his music.He recently (June 2008) performed at the Frenzy one-day Christian music festival, in Scotland.","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/2983_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}

Amy Grant

Amy Grant (born November 25, 1960) is an American Christian and pop singer-songwriter and has done some television. She ...

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{"key":"2939","name":"Amy Grant","bio":"Amy Grant (born November 25, 1960) is an American Christian and pop singer-songwriter and has done some television. She has also sold 30 million albums world wide during her career.Grant made her debut in 1977 under the guidance of Myrrh Records, and became the first Christian recording act to have an album be certified platinum. Following her marriage to Gary Chapman in 1982 and a subsequent deal between her record company and A&M Records, a series of successful pop-crossover records consolidated her position as both Christian music's highest-selling act and a formidable force in mainstream music, and according to Billboard magazine she was the most successful Christian recording artist of the 1980s and 1990s.After giving birth to her fourth child Corinna Grant Gill, Grant returned to her gospel music roots with the 2002 release of Legacy...Hymns & Faith. The album featured a Vince Gill-influenced mix of bluegrass and gospel and marked Grant's 25th anniversary in the music industry. Grant followed this up with the pop release Simple Things in 2003. The album did not see the success of her previous pop efforts, and soon after the album, Amy and Interscope\/A&M parted ways.Grant released a sequel to her hymns collection in 2005 titled Rock of Ages\u2026 Hymns & Faith. Despite publicly musing that life would be easier if she weren't working, Grant joined the reality television phenomenon by hosting Three Wishes, a show in which she and a team of helpers make wishes come true for small-town residents. The show debuted on NBC in the fall of 2005, but was cancelled in November after 10 episodes. After Three Wishes was cancelled, Grant won her 6th Grammy Award for Rock of Ages.In a February, 2006 webchat, Amy stated she believes her \"best music is still ahead\".Amy Grant recorded a live cd\/dvd album in early 2006 and it was released later in the year. To date Amy Grant has sold more than 25 million records worldwide and is a 6 time Grammy winning artist.","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/2939_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"40,000 - 75,000"}

DC Talk

dc Talk is made up of Toby McKeehan (tobyMac), Michael Tait, and Kevin Max.The three met while they were young men at Li...

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{"key":"2903","name":"DC Talk","bio":"dc Talk is made up of Toby McKeehan (tobyMac), Michael Tait, and Kevin Max.The three met while they were young men at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. They formed the band dc Talk (a reference to Washington D.C., but later marketed as 'decent Christian talk' by their label) and, as of the year 2000, spent twelve solid years together, performing all over the world, recording 6 albums, and earning many awards, including 4 Grammy awards. Their music, aimed at a younger audience, combined hip-hop, rap, and R&B sensibilities and filled a gap in 1980s Christian Music and gave them a unique niche. Their first three albums, DC Talk, Nu Thang, and Free at Last started from their rap\/hip-hop roots but increasingly included melodic vocal rock influences. Their 1995 studio album, Jesus Freak, continued this musical evolution by eshewing almost all rap elements and adopting a harder modern rock\/grunge sound on many songs, especially the title track. Their most recent studio album, Supernatural, draws on their previous efforts while moving towards mainstream pop stylings.Their signature sound in all albums is their use of the three members' different vocal skills separately and together. They are often lauded for their lyrical sophistication, addressing many themes in Christian theology, faith, and practice.After more than ten years together as a group, they are taking a break in recording together to pursue their own activities outside of the band, and launch solo careers in recording music. Michael Tait formed his own band, Tait, and has most recently served as the frontman for Newsboys. Toby McKeehan has released music under the name Tobymac, and has been the most sucessful of the three. Kevin Max has released two solo albums of his own.","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/2903_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"40,000 - 75,000"}

Audio Adrenaline

Audio Adrenaline is a Christian rock band formed in the 1989 at Kentucky Christian College in Grayson, Kentucky, United ...

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{"key":"1520","name":"Audio Adrenaline","bio":"Audio Adrenaline is a Christian rock band formed in the 1989 at Kentucky Christian College in Grayson, Kentucky, United States. Along with dc Talk, Newsboys, and Jars of Clay, they quickly became one of the most successful Christian pop\/rock bands of the 90s. They are best known for their 1993 hit \"Big House,\" and were a main attraction at the annual Creation Festival, Spirit West Coast festival, and Agape Music Festival. Audio Adrenaline was also a staple at the Alive Music Festival where it taped its live concert DVD \"Worldwide.\"The band was formed under the name of A-180 by Mark Stuart, Barry Blair, and Will McGinnis. (As of 2005, Stuart and McGinnis were the only remaining original members.) The three men, along with Ron Gibson and Mark's brother, David, became a popular local band\u2014booked by the school nearly every weekend.The band's big break would come in the form of Bob Herdman. Bob went up to Audio Adrenaline with two songs he had written, \"My God\" and \"DC-10\". After \"My God\" was recorded\u2014under the band name Herdman had created, \"Audio Adrenaline\"\u2014it was sent to radio stations and scaled the charts quickly. Forefront Records decided to offer a record deal to A-180 but had them change their name to Audio Adrenaline. Bob joined the band, and David left to focus on his family.in 2007 it was announced that Audio Adrenaline, after over 10 years as a band, had decided to call it quits. The Reason given was that lead vocalist, Mark Stuart, is having \"ongoing vocal challenges\". Their final album appropriately titled 'Adios' was released 1 August 2006. The band was to play their final show on April 28, 2007 at the Waikiki Shell in Honolulu, Hawaii. At least that was the plan. But when their steadfast fans just couldn't let them go there, Audio Adrenaline extended their tour with MercyMe and came back to the mainland, playing their final shows in Spokane Washington and a few other cities on the west coast.The Kings and Queens Songfacts reports that In 2012 Audio Adrenaline reformed with an altered line-up after a five year hiatus. Original bassist Will McGinniss continues as a member of the re-formed band while co-founder Mark Stuart, although stepping down as lead vocalist due to ill health, is very much a part of band decisions and contributes to the songwriting. Taking over lead vocals is Kevin Max, formerly of DC Talk, while CCM mainstays Dave Ghazarian (Superchick) is on guitar, Jared Byers (Bleach) is the band\u2019s drummer, and singer-songwriter Jason Walker plays keys. \"Kings and Queens\" is the first single released by the new line-up. They released the album Kings and Queens on march 3rd 2013.Mark Stuart is also married to the sister of Toby Mckeehan","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/1520_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"10,000 - 30,000"}

Tenth Avenue North

With its first two albums Tenth Avenue North managed to fuse truth and music in a potent blend that left listeners engag...

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{"key":"3089","name":"Tenth Avenue North","bio":"With its first two albums Tenth Avenue North managed to fuse truth and music in a potent blend that left listeners engaged, entertained and inspired. The band does so yet again on its third Reunion Records album The Struggle, a 12-song collection that explores the themes of grace, forgiveness and redemption through thought-provoking lyrics anchored in an adventurous sonic landscape.The band\u2019s recent history is pretty impressive. Since its 2008 debut album, Over and Underneath, Tenth Avenue North has become one of Christian music industry\u2019s most successful acts, saturating Christian radio with such memorable songs as \u201cLove is Here,\u201d \u201cHold My Heart,\u201d and \u201cBy Your Side,\u201d a number one single that was Billboard magazine\u2019s No. 3 overall Christian song for the decade. They won New Artist of the Year in 2009 at the 40th Annual GMA Dove Awards and in 2010 \u201cBy Your Side\u201d was named Song of the Year.The band\u2019s 2010 sophomore album, The Light Meets the Dark, debuted at No. 1 on the Nielsen Christian SoundScan chart and No. 15 on the Billboard 200. The album hit the No.1 Christian Album chart position at both iTunes and AmazonMP3, reaching Top 5 on iTunes\u2019 Overall chart, propelled by the lead single, \u201cHealing Begins.\u201d The compelling ballad \u201cYou Are More\u201d was 2011\u2019s No. 1 Song of the Year on Billboard\u2019s Christian Audience Chart.As the band approached its third album, it would have been easy to take an \u201cif it ain\u2019t broke, don\u2019t fix it\u201d attitude, but the word complacency is not in its vocabulary. Band members Mike Donehey (lead vocals), Jeff Owen (guitars), Jason Jamison (drums), Ruben Juarez (bass) and Brendon Shirley (keyboard) took a totally different approach in how they wrote and recorded The Struggle. Instead of waiting until they got home to Nashville to begin recording demos, the songs were written and demoed on the road while the band was on tour.\u201cWe wrote \u2018Don\u2019t Stop The Madness\u2019 in January of 2011,\u201d Owen says of the confessional anthem. \u201cThat\u2019s when we first started writing as a band and we were recording demos as we were writing. On the last two records, Mike would write most of the songs with Jason, or on his own. He would show up and the song would have lyrics and melody and acoustic guitar, and then we\u2019d take that and make it our own. We\u2019d put a beat to it and shake it, but this time we started basically from scratch.\u201dRecording on the road led to some interesting sessions. \u201cWhen we recorded, \u2018Where Life Will Never Die,\u2019 there was an amp in our bathroom,\u201d Jamison says with a smile.\u201cSometimes there were things on the demo that we couldn\u2019t replicate in the studio,\u201d Donehey adds, \u201cso we ended up finding the files from the demo and putting them on it. We recorded drums in the front of the bus at one time. They sounded amazing.\u201dThe Struggle is also the first album to include the two newest members of Tenth Avenue North\u2013 Ruben Juarez and Brendon Shirley.\u201cRuben and Brendon are more technically knowledgeable than Jason, Jeff and I are,\u201d says Donehey. \u201cThey really added to the musical structure of these songs. Plus, we all get along so well creatively, I couldn\u2019t see doing this record without them.\u201dIn an innovative twist, Tenth Avenue North invited fans to be part of the creative process and invited them to sing on the record. \u201cIt started on the Third Day tour,\u201d Owen says of the trek last fall. \u201cWe sent out Twitter and Facebook to our fans and said, \u2018Hey, come sing on our record.\u2019 We have people from Nebraska singing with people from Fargo and Albuquerque.\u201dIn various cities on the tour, the band would invite fans to show up and then they\u2019d record their voices to add to different songs on the album. \u201cIt\u2019s cool,\u201d Donehey says. \u201cThese are the people that support us and listen to this music. It is music that affects their lives and now they are actually a part of it.\u201dWorking again with producer Jason Ingram (six-time winner of SESAC\u2019s Christian Songwriter of the Year award), the members of Tenth Avenue North have crafted a sonically diverse record that mirrors the passion and intensity of its live show. \u201cWe got a lot of comments over the past several years about how our live show is much different than our recorded music,\u201d says Donehey. \u201cIt has more energy and more of a rock edge to it. We try to be more musical and create different moments, so I think going into this we wanted to make sure we were aware of our live show and how these songs were going to play out live.\u201dAs always, the band was ever mindful of the power of its songs and the messages in its lyrics. Though the word \u201cstruggle\u201d tends to evoke thoughts of challenge and strife, leave it to Tenth Avenue North to illuminate the possibilities and show that struggle is ultimately a privilege. \u201cHallelujah! We are free to struggle. We\u2019re not struggling to be free,\u201d Donehey sings in the title track.\u201cWe want to give people permission to struggle, to realize that there\u2019s grace and you don\u2019t have to be good enough,\u201d says Donehey. \u201cIt\u2019s the theme of a lot of our music, but we also want to challenge people to not stay there, to not stay in that place of struggling. There is power and there is grace, not only to forgive your struggle, but to redeem you from the struggle. . . We\u2019re going to struggle until the day that we die, but we don\u2019t have to struggle to earn what God has provided for us.\u201dThe lead single, \u201cLosing,\u201d is a song that challenges believers to forgive because we\u2019ve been forgiven. Offering forgiveness may sometimes make you feel like you're \"losing\" but only in showing others the grace God has shown us are we truly free. Such powerful yet poetic messages continue to populate every song on The Struggle. \u201cStrangers Here,\u201d inspired by Hebrews 11 reminds us of better things to come. As Donehey sings the emotional lyric he urges us to remember that this life is only temporary and one day we will touch the face of our God.\u201cWorn\u201d is a tender ballad that acknowledges our human frailty and the rest that awaits in our heavenly Father\u2019s arms. As a young father, balancing the responsibilities of music ministry and raising two young daughters, Donehey is well acquainted with physical and emotional exhaustion; and in the song, he shares one of the most vulnerable vocal performances on the record. Yet even in the midst of struggle, fatigue and alienation\u2014all emotions every human battles\u2014the songs celebrate the sovereignty of God in every aspect of our lives. Song after song, the band offers up the kind of lyrically substantive lyrics people have come to expect from Tenth Avenue North wrapped in the most adventurous music they\u2019ve ever crafted.\u201cGrace\u201d boasts a vibrant melody and some of the record's most compelling lyrics as Donehey sings: \u201cGrace, only grace can roll your dead heart's stone away. Grace only grace can move us to a rhythm that can changes our ways.\u201d \u201cWe\u2019re going to struggle until the day that we die,\" says Owen of the song's message, \"but we don\u2019t have to struggle to earn what God has provided for us.\u201d\u201cAll the Same\u201d acknowledges the fact that though we might appear very different on the surface, at the core we are all the same, desperate for the love of God. \u201cYou Do All Things Well\u201d is yet a soothing prayer that celebrates the power of God to meet our every need. The worshipful chorus is a soaring celebration of God's majesty.Tenth Avenue North has come a long way from sharing the Gospel with students at Palm Beach Atlantic University in West Palm Beach, Florida to playing for more than a half a million people in concert last year. It\u2019s a platform and privilege they take seriously. \u201cWhen I\u2019m playing, I look out and I can see people\u2019s eyes,\u201d says Donehey. \u201cI\u2019ve always carried an ache for people. I want people to experience the freedom I\u2019ve experienced. I want people to experience the forgiveness I\u2019ve experienced.\u201dMusic can provide a healing balm to those breaking hearts and through its music, Tenth Avenue North continues to shine a light not only on the struggle, but the hope that changes lives forever.Members:Mike Donehey - Lead Vocals\/GuitarJeff Owen - Guitar\/BGVsJason Jamison - DrumsRuben Juarez-Bass GuitarBrendon Shirley-KeysFormer MembersBryan HomanDaniel (Danny) ZayasScott Sanders - bass guitar, keyboardAndrew MiddletonGenre:Rock\/Christian\/ReligiousHometown:West Palm Beach, FloridaRecord label:Reunion Records","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/3089_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}

Steven Curtis Chapman

“I know this is not anything like you thought the story of your life was gonna be…but there's so much of the story t...

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{"key":"2912","name":"Steven Curtis Chapman","bio":"\u201cI know this is not anything like you thought the story of your life was gonna be\u2026but there's so much of the story that's still yet to unfold.\u201d Few people know the pain and the promise in that statement better than Steven Curtis Chapman. The past few years have been an incredible journey that Chapman wouldn\u2019t have chosen, yet has taught him so very much. Those lessons permeate every song on Chapman\u2019s new album The Glorious Unfolding.Lyrically the album is teeming with the substantive lyrics that have made Chapman the most awarded artist in Christian music with 57 Gospel Music Association Dove Awards, five GRAMMYs, 47 No. 1 singles and approaching 11 million albums sold. Musically there\u2019s a sense of adventure that reflects Chapman\u2019s ongoing willingness to experiment and leap out of his comfort zone. He\u2019s never taken the gift of music for granted and approaches each new project both excited and humbled by the possibilities.\u201cI\u2019m very, very grateful to be given the opportunity to make music and share the things that I feel like God has entrusted to me,\u201d Chapman says. \u201cI don\u2019t take it lightly. I pray: \u2018God, I want to know You and I want to make You known.\u2019 God has continued faithfully to reveal Himself through dark places and reveal His mysteriousness. I get the sense that He\u2019s telling an amazing story. He\u2019s not confused. He\u2019s not biting his nails worrying if the plan is going to turn out okay the way I do. He\u2019s fully confident of His plans and He\u2019s in control. That\u2019s been something that I\u2019ve held onto.\u201dThe Glorious Unfolding is Chapman\u2019s 18th album and his first studio album of all-original material in seven years. However, now, more than ever he felt it was time to express these steadfast messages of faithfulness, while successfully blending his trademark sound with musical creativity. \u201cMusically, I really wanted to find those ways to make something that felt very honest and true, and yet very fresh and relevant,\u201d Chapman says. \u201cI felt like this had to be a little bit more exciting and energetic and I was ready to crank it up. It felt like this is the time to do that and celebrate. With this music, you will hopefully hear that and get a sense of the excitement and joy in this record.\u201dThe album\u2019s lead single, \u201cLove Take Me Over,\u201d is an exuberant anthem with an infectious melody that inspires listeners and gives the instant urge to hit repeat. \u201cEven though it\u2019s in the guise of a very fun, up-tempo sing-along-at-the-top-of-your-lungs song, it\u2019s a message and a lesson that I have continued to be in the process of learning,\u201d Chapman says of the song. \u201cI need to be filled with love so that I can be loving in the way I respond. I\u2019m still learning that the only way I want to love others well in my life is when I come to terms daily, sometimes hourly, sometimes in 15 minute increments, with the fact that I am loved fully and completely, not as I should be, but as I am. That drives me, then, to a place of living a life of love for others when I realize that I am loved first. We love because He first loved us.\u201dOne of the many highlights from the album is \u201cTogether,\u201d a beautiful song that Chapman wrote for his wife Mary Beth. \u201cIn October, we celebrate our 29th anniversary,\u201d he says, acknowledging that the past five years, since their youngest daughter (Maria Sue) was killed in a tragic accident, have been especially trying. \u201cStatistics show that 90% of marriages don\u2019t survive the loss of a child. The fact that we are together celebrating 29 years of marriage is a testimony to God\u2019s faithfulness and God\u2019s grace.\u201dChapman delayed playing this song for Mary Beth until it was completely finished, recorded and mixed. \u201cI sat her down and played this for her as we held hands and wept together through this celebration of God\u2019s faithfulness,\u201d he adds, \u201cI\u2019m really hopeful that this song will encourage and minister to people in a deep way.\u201dThe Glorious Unfolding also includes a special song, \u201cOnly One and Only You,\u201d written to encourage his daughter Shaohannah. \u201cShe\u2019s 13, which tells you a lot of what you need to know about her,\u201d he says with a grin. \u201cIt\u2019s that wonderful, incredibly awful time to try to be a young lady in this world and culture. I\u2019m just very, very proud of her and I wanted to just write a song to tell her how amazing she is.\u201dOther standout tracks include \u201cSomething Beautiful,\u201d an up-tempo, forward-thinking song about the unfolding and promises of God, and watching Him turn broken things in life into something good as He\u2019s promised. \u201cTake Another Step,\u201d is another high-energy declaration that talks of taking those steps of faith in times of uncertainty, when the road ahead is completely dark, whether it be good or bad, and fully trusting what God has in store.Whether encouraging those he\u2019s closest to in this world to see themselves as God sees them or inviting an arena full of fans to sing along in celebration of God\u2019s faithfulness, Chapman has spent his life creating music that makes a difference. The Glorious Unfolding continues that impressive legacy. In listening to the project, it feels like a landmark album, being musically inventive, yet bursting with truth, integrity and emotional gravitas in much the same way as The Great Adventure did when that ground-breaking album released in 1992.The latest album installment is his second record since signing with Provident Music Group in 2012. His label debut, JOY, served up holiday classics alongside his engaging original tunes. It became the latest entry in the Paducah, Kentucky native\u2019s beloved Christmas catalog and provided Chapman and co-producer Brent Milligan a chance to explore different sounds in the studio. On The Glorious Unfolding, Chapman and Milligan reveled in the chance to experiment further to provide a fresh framework for these new songs, utilizing different textures and techniques to expand on Chapman\u2019s signature sound.Recorded at Chapman\u2019s home studio, he enlisted son Will Franklin to play drums on six tracks on the album and also engaged other musical pals such as Delirious? alum Stu G on guitar and acclaimed fiddler Andy Leftwich, a member of Ricky Skaggs\u2019 band, Kentucky Thunder, and a key creative force in the making of Chapman's Cracker Barrel release, Deep Roots. On \u201cSound of Your Voice,\u201d Chapman recruited surprise guests, wife Mary Beth, daughters Emily and Stevey Joy and daughters-in-law Julia Chapman and Jillian Edwards Chapman to sing background vocals.Recording The Glorious Unfolding was a labor of love for Chapman, helping him give voice to his own joys and challenges and he\u2019s hopeful it will do the same for others. \u201cThe theme was this idea that God will complete the story and in fact, He already has completed it and knows the ending,\u201d Chapman says. \u201cYet a part of the mystery is that He is revealing it in our lives and it\u2019s this unfolding, incredible tale of His love for us. This album gave me a chance to tell that, to celebrate loss and hope and new life. For all of that, I\u2019m really grateful. It really is my hope that people will hear the sound of God\u2019s voice whispering to them: \u2018I know the plans I have for you. Will you trust me? Will you trust me through the hard seasons and through the good seasons? The story is good. Will you trust me and watch it unfold?\u2019\u201dBeginning in September 2014 until April 2015, Chapman revitalized the well-known concert series \"Sam's Place: Music for the Spirit\" concert series. The series was once a month and was held at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville with featured performances by the likes of MercyMe, Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith and Third Day.","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/2912_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}

Starfield

Starfield is a Christian/Worship music group from Winnipeg, Canada. Their first international album, Starfield was relea...

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{"key":"2944","name":"Starfield","bio":"Starfield is a Christian\/Worship music group from Winnipeg, Canada. Their first international album, Starfield was released in 2004 by Sparrow Records, which contained a new version of the hit \"Filled With Your Glory\". Since then they have had three more releases with Sparrow: Beauty in the Broken (2006), I Will Go (2008), and The Saving One (2010).Their first two albums, the original Starfield (2001) and Tumbling After (2003) were released by independent Starfield Music Group (Canada Only). Starfield has won awards such as GMA Canada Covenant Awards 2006 and 2007: Group Of The Year.They have toured across North America, including appearances at Creation Fest East & West 2005. On June 14th 2008, Starfield played for 30.000 teens at the EO-Youth Day in the NetherlandsMembers * Tim Neufeld (lead vocals, guitars) * Jon Neufeld (guitars, vocals) * Dave Lalonde (drums) * James Johnston (bass guitar)","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/2944_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}

Gungor

Gungor is a genre blurring, Grammy-nominated musical collective based in Los Angeles, CA. Led by Michael and Lisa Gungor...

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{"key":"3718","name":"Gungor","bio":"Gungor is a genre blurring, Grammy-nominated musical collective based in Los Angeles, CA. Led by Michael and Lisa Gungor, the collective crafts music intended to defy categorization and open the human heart.","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/3718_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}

Matthew West

Matthew West is a Christian singer who was raised in a suburb of Chicago, IL., where he discovered music at an early age...

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{"key":"2947","name":"Matthew West","bio":"Matthew West is a Christian singer who was raised in a suburb of Chicago, IL., where he discovered music at an early age. The son of a minister, he grew up in the front pew listening to his mom harmonize and following her lead. By the time he reached high school, Matthew remained involved in music and received a scholarship to study music at Millikin University in Illinois. It was during his first year of college, that Matthew began playing guitar and writing songs. By Matthew's senior year, he was playing at every venue imaginable, from Fraternity houses to churches, and youth groups. He signed an exclusive songwriting deal only a week after graduating and making the move to Nashville. His songs have been recorded by various artists including Rachel Lampa's most recent single, \"Savior Song,\" which was Matthew's first top-5 song as a writer. Some other highlights were having songs placed on the platinum selling WoW 2002 project and also having his song, \"Heart of Every Man recorded for the World Youth Day 2000 official soundtrack. Matthew continued pursuing his dream of singing his own songs. Matthew had the opportunity to travel to universities across the country, and quickly began building up a steady following. With the help of Word Music and Extreme Writers Group, Matthew recorded an independent CD called, \"Sellout,\" which caught the attention of Universal South Records. Since signing with Universal South, He has released several albums, starting with \"Happy\" in 2003, \"History\" in 2005, and \"Something to Say\" in 2007; along with the re-release of Sellout in 2006. The Forgiveness Songfacts reports that West's fifth album, \"Into the Light,\" is scheduled to be released on September 25, 2012.","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/2947_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"30,000 - 50,000"}

Brandon Heath

Brandon Heath's music possesses a pop/rock sound with inspiring Christian based messages. His music is influenced by his...

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{"key":"3031","name":"Brandon Heath","bio":"Brandon Heath's music possesses a pop\/rock sound with inspiring Christian based messages. His music is influenced by his hometown of Nashville, TN. Most of the music that inspires him today is made by Nashville musicians like Ryan Adams, Josh Rouse and Matt Wertz. Brandon Heath currently perfoms around America ministering through his music. He began playing guitar and writing songs at the young age of 13. At that age it was thoughtful songwriters like Sting, Shawn Colvin and David Wilcox who inspired him the most. Later on in his life he started hanging around\/perfoming at the Bluebird Cafe (The legendary Nashville hotspot), where he eventually was signed.Give Me Your Eyes was one of the most successful Christian songs of 2008 and its success continued into 2009. The tune won the Song of the Year and Best Pop\/Contemporary Recorded Song at the 2009 Dove Awards. It spent 14 weeks at #1 on Billboard's Hot Christian AC radio chart, and 27 weeks at the summit of the iTunes Christian Song Chart. Speaking with Songfacts about the song in a 2011 interview Heath said he never foresaw the song's success: \"I remember the day that we wrote it, and I had a good feeling about it,\" he said, \"Sometimes when you write, you think, yeah, I can see this working at radio, or I can see this really sticking in people's heads. But the fact that there were sermons written after it, people went on missions trips. And as far as I know, I think it's the first song in the history of my record label to go gold, as far as a single. That's way, way beyond my expectations for that song. But it's been great.\"After the release of his most commercially successful song, Heath went on to produce three additional full length studio albums through Provident Label Group. Leaving Eden, released in 2011, hosted \"Your Love\", and the album and single received three Grammy awards. In October of 2012, Blue Mountain was released and most recently No Turning Back was circulated in 2015.","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/3031_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"20,000 - 50,000"}

Rebecca St. James

Rebecca St. James (born Rebecca Jean Smallbone on July 26, 1977), is a popular multiple Dove Award winning & Grammy winn...

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{"key":"2910","name":"Rebecca St. James","bio":"Rebecca St. James (born Rebecca Jean Smallbone on July 26, 1977), is a popular multiple Dove Award winning & Grammy winning Christian pop\/rock singer, songwriter, musician, published author, actor and an outspoken teenage sexual abstinence and pro-life advocate. Her lead acting role in the November \u201809 pro-life film release Sarah\u2019s Choice is one of her most recent career highlights. Rebecca's latest book ''What Is He Thinking??: What Guys Want Us To Know About Dating, Love, and Marriage'' was released in Oct 2011. Her latest album ''I Will Praise You'' was released on April 5th 2011 and is her first studio album in 6 years. A long-time proponent of abstinence and the ''True Love Waits'' movement, Rebecca walked down the aisle to wed the man she was waiting for - Jacob ''Cubbie'' Fink (bassist for Foster The People) on 23 April 2011.Rebecca was born in Sydney, Australia, to David and Helen Smallbone. She is the oldest of seven children, and currently lives in Los Angeles with Jacob. Rebecca took the name St. James from her grandmother, as it was her maiden name. Her album \u2018\u2019God\u2019\u2019 was certified Gold by the RIAA in 1995. Also, \u2018\u2019Pray \u2018\u2019 was certified Gold by the RIAA on the last week of September 1999.Rebecca's musical career began in 1990 at age 13 when she began opening shows for CCM (Christian Contemporary Music) artist Carman during his Australian tour which was promoted by her father's company, David Smallbone Promotions. That same year she recorded her first album, Refresh My Heart. In 1991 she moved to the United States upon signing with ForeFront Records, and took her stage name at the label's request.In 1999 Rebecca received a Grammy Award for her album ''Pray'' in the Best Rock Gospel Album category. Rebecca is the eighth Australian artist or group to win a Grammy Award.In 2003 she played the part of Maggie (Mary Magdalene) in the !HERO rock opera.Rebecca is an open supporter of teenage sexual abstinence, and has become an unofficial spokesperson for True Love Waits. The single \"Wait for Me\", from her 2000 album Transform, encourages waiting to have sex until after marriage. Later that year it also became the title and focus of a 46-city tour. James wrote the song herself on a tour bus, and it became instantly popular. The song was also used on the TV program The O.C. Rebecca's first book, titled Wait for Me: Rediscovering the Joy of Purity in Romance, was published in 2002 and further addressed the issue.In November of 2005, Rebecca released her highly anticipated album If I Had One Chance To Tell You Something. After not putting out a new pop\/rock album since 2000, this album combines Rebecca's overall versatility in vocal and song writing to the finest degree.Rebecca sang a song on the 2005 soundtrack, Music Inspired by the Chronicles of Narnia called \"Lion\" for which she won a Dove Award.A Special Edition of If I Had One Chance To Tell You Something was released in November 2006 and included two acoustic tracks and other special features.In 2007. Rebecca released her live CD\\DVD aLIVE In Florida featuring some of her No. 1 hits as well as fan favorites.In 2008, two compilation albums, The Ultimate Collection (Double Disc) and Greatest Hits featuring some of her biggest hits were released. The same year she also released a new book called Pure: A 90-Day Devotional for the Mind, Body, & Spirit which broke into Top 10 at #9 on the CBA bestseller's list in Feb 2009. Pure is also nominated among the Top 3 books of 2009 for the youth\/teen market.The September 09' release of Loved, (Hachette\/Faithwords) and the fall national film release of Sarah\u2019s Choice capped 2009 as one of Rebecca\u2019s most creatively diverse years.","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/2910_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}

Building 429

Building 429 has had a history of success with the release of four studio albums, and now the rock band is joining force...

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{"key":"2955","name":"Building 429","bio":"Building 429 has had a history of success with the release of four studio albums, and now the rock band is joining forces with Provident Label Group for their fifth studio record \"Listen To The Sound\" set to release in 2011. In 2005 \u201cGlory Defined\u201d was named BMI\u2019s Christian Song of the Year, they were named the Gospel Music Association\u2019s 2005 New Artist of the Year and nominated that same year for Rock\/Contemporary Album of the Year and Song of the Year. \u00a0They have toured with artists such as TobyMac, Family Force 5, Casting Crowns and Thousand Foot Krutch. Their name is derived from Ephesians 4:29 \u2013 NIV \"Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen\". The Listen To The Sound Songfacts reports that Listen To The Sound was released on May 10, 2011 through Provident Music Group and its title track was released as the disc\u2019s lead single.Throughout 2011 and 2012, Building 429 released new singles \"Listen To The Sound,\" \"Right Beside You\" and \"Where I Belong.\" The single, \"Where I Belong,\" was number 1 on the Billboard NCA charts and was named the 2013 Billboard Magazine Christian Song of the Year. On June 4, 2013, Building 429 released We Won't Be Shaken, their eighth studio album, which debuted at number 1 on the Billboard Christian Albums chart. In celebration of 4\/29\/15, Building 429 released \"Impossible\" as the single for their ninth studio album, slated to be released later in 2015.Band Members:* Jason Roy - Lead Vocals & Guitar (2000-present)* Michael Anderson - Drums (2000-present)* Jesse Garcia - Piano & Guitar (2005-present)* Aaron Branch- Bass Guitar (2008-present)* Scotty Beshears - Bass (2000-2007)* Paul Bowden - Guitar (2001-2006)Major Record Releases:* Glory Defined EP (2004)* Space In Between Us (2004)* Space In Between Us- Extended Edition (2005)* Rise (2006)* Iris to Iris (2007)* Building 429 (2008)* Listen To The Sound (2011)Independent releases* Building 429 (2000)* Preflight (2002)* Building 429\/Flight (2002)","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/2955_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}

Britt Nicole

Brittany Nicole Waddell, better known by her stage name as Britt Nicole is a Christian pop artist.Waddell began singing ...

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{"key":"3473","name":"Britt Nicole","bio":"Brittany Nicole Waddell, better known by her stage name as Britt Nicole is a Christian pop artist.Waddell began singing at the age of three in her home church, Truth Temple of (Kannapolis, North Carolina). She, along with her brother and cousin, eventually became involved with the church's daily program on Charlotte TV station WAXN.Waddell turned down a scholarship from Belmont University in Nashville Tennessee to pursue a full-time music career, she felt that God called her to not go to college but to concentrate on music instead In 2004 she signed a management deal with Vertical Entertainment and then signed a development - dealing with Word Records Sparrow Records signed her in 2006 and her first album Say It was released May 22, 2007 Britt Nicole was committed to the Winter Jam Tour with Sanctus Real, Hawk Nelson Jeremy Camp and Steven Curtis Chapman Newsong A native of Salisbury, NC, Britt has always had a heart for reaching people and has long used music as the vehicle to change lives. She began singing in church at age three and by the time she was in high school, was appearing on her church\u2019s daily television program and logged a performance at New York\u2019s famed Carnegie Hall with her school\u2019s advanced chorus.Those early pursuits paved the way for her to sign with Sparrow Records in 2006. She burst on the charts a year later with her label debut, \u201cSay It,\u201d a finely crafted pop collection that introduced us to her engaging voice and thought-provoking lyrics. It earned her a slot on the Winter Jam tour that year with Steven Curtis Chapman, Jeremy Camp, NewSong and Hawk Nelson where she developed a reputation as a compelling live performer.It was a whirlwind existence that found her looking to meet the needs of those around her\u2014whether it was a girl in a youth group who needed someone to pray with or a parent seeking advice on their troubled teen. Her servant\u2019s heart and earnest desire to fill others up soon left Britt herself feeling empty. It all caught up with her at an Alabama youth conference called The Ramp. \u201cI went with my youth group as a youth leader to support and pray for them, but near the end of the event, I was kind of worn out and I began saying \u2018Okay God, I just really need You to come and do something in my life,\u2019\u201d Britt recalls. She got her answer as she was driving back to Nashville.\u201cI just felt different. I felt like the old me was gone and God had started to show me who I really was and what I was called to do,\u201d Britt says. \u201cAs I was driving home from the conference, everywhere I would stop, whether at a gas station or a restaurant, God was challenging me to step out and tell people about Him and His love for them. There are so many hurting and broken people around us each day and God was showing me the importance of reaching out to them just as He would. In the past, I have often let the fear of people and their opinions stop me from being who I am. At the core though, I know who I am and who God has called me to be. In letting go of my past, I was able to move forward, and instead of focusing on all my mistakes and failures, I started focusing on those around me. That\u2019s ultimately why I\u2019m here, to worship God and to reach those who need to know Him.\u201dAfter that experience, she wrote songs for the new album that included \u201cThe Lost Get Found,\u201d \u201cWalk on the Water,\u201d and \u201cSafe.\u201d Britt continues to explain that, \u201cThey all have a similar message of having the courage to step out in faith and walk in what God has called you to do even when it\u2019s scary. I don\u2019t want to be selfish anymore. I don\u2019t want to be safe anymore. When God tells me to step out and talk to somebody or believe for what seems impossible, I want to do it.\u201dThe new album combines compelling lyrics with catchy pop songs that linger in your head such as the funky \u201cHow We Roll\u201d and the infectious groove of \u201cHeadphones.\u201d \u201cWhen I write songs, I often write to specific people,\u201d she reveals. \u201cThe first verse of \u2018Headphones\u2019 was written to a girl that I know. She\u2019s in middle school dealing with the pressure of fitting in. I wanted to remind her that she does not have to look or be like anyone else because God loves her and made her just the way she is. Sometimes it is hard to stand out and sometimes you feel alone when you do, but I know she is being a light to so many and that\u2019s what matters.\u201d\u201cFeel the Light\u201d is another song that was written for a specific friend of hers who had faced several difficult things as a child. \u201cShe was hiding all of her pain and had never told anyone what she was going through,\u201d shares Britt. \u201cSometimes it\u2019s easier to hide our fears, our struggles, and things that have happened to us in our past rather than talk about them. A lot of kids I meet feel they have no one to talk to who will understand, but God promises us that when we bring everything into His light, He will heal us and we will be free.\u201d One of her favorite lines in the song is \u201cyou\u2019re a queen, but you\u2019ve never known it.\u201d She explains that, \u201cThe important thing to remember is that your past does not define who you are. We all go through hard things, but it is our choice to decide how we deal with them. The song simply says, \u2018Let go and feel the light.\u2019\u201dOne of the most personal songs on the new record is \u201cHave Your Way\u201d. \u201cI was thinking about my brother when I wrote the song, but when I sang it in the studio, it somehow hit even closer to home,\u201d says Britt. \u201cI was also reminded of Job in the Bible when I wrote the lyrics. He went through so many things and everything was taken from him, but at the end of it all, he still fell to his knees and worshiped God and never turned his back on Him. He just said, \u2018God have Your way, whatever You want.\u2019 I want to be like that.\u201d Through Britt\u2019s achingly vulnerable vocals, you can sense the more personal nature of the song as she sings, \u201cyou never said the road would be easy, but you said you would never leave.\u201d \u201cThe night I sang it in the studio, I sang it laying down,\u201d says Britt. \u201cI\u2019ve never sung a vocal like that. I always sing standing up in a vocal booth, which makes it feel more like a performance. When I\u2019m praying or just spending time with God, I\u2019m usually on the floor so it just naturally felt more like I was singing to God.\u201dIn listening to Britt Nicole\u2019s music, it\u2019s obvious she possesses wisdom beyond her years and a spiritual maturity not often seen in one so young. Yet she\u2019s very much the playful girl next door and those equally intriguing sides of her personality merge seamlessly on \u201cThe Lost Get Found.\u201d \u201cMy fans want a pop record,\u201d she says wistfully. \u201cI\u2019m a pop artist and they love fun music. When they come to my concerts, they want to have fun and I love that. That\u2019s in my personality to have fun, but the heart of who I am is to worship and to see people\u2019s lives changed and to reach those who are hurting. It\u2019s what I believe God has called me to do.\u201dSalisbury, North Carolina, United States2007","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/3473_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}
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