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FAIR TRADE SERVICES SIGNS CONTEMPORARY CLASSICAL VOCAL GROUP, VERITAS

Self-titled project to release through label on September 9, 2014

LOS ANGELES, Calif. (June 26, 2014) Fair Trade Services announces the signing of Veritas to their acclaimed roster. The contemporary classical vocal group comprised of Jeff Anderson, James Berrian, Andrew Goodwin, Jordan Johnson, and Lucas Scott Lawrence, will release their self-titled album on September 9, 2014.

“We are very excited to welcome Veritas to our Fair Trade roster,” says James Rueger, vice president of A&R. “Veritas’ powerhouse vocal arrangements combined with huge symphonic orchestration feels like fresh wind to Christian Music. I love that the five guys have already toured across the country, making friends and fans wherever they visit. We look forward to what’s in store for this group and upcoming album.”

The unmistakable sound of Veritas brings a fresh approach to the contemporary classical genre. Their pop-opera style is fashioned from a fusion of artistic excellence, creative pursuit, and a performance that promises to inspire an audience of any distinction. Each member of the group contributes an array of training, accomplishments, and credentials, in both classical and pop music, which yields an exceptional artistic experience. This experience is the powerful sound of five male vocals, singing both new and old songs, delivering the sound of love, hope, and excellence.

Fair Trade Services is an independent Christian record company that exists to serve artists well. Veritas joins an all-star lineup comprised of some of today’s top Christian music performers that include MercyMe, Anthony Evans, Sara Groves, Phil Wickham, Audio Adrenaline and Hawk Nelson, among others.

For more information about Veritas, please visit:

Website: www.veritasfive.com

Twitter: @VeritasFive
Instagram: @VeritasFive

ABOUT FAIR TRADE SERVICES
Fair Trade Services, LLC launched in June 2011 by music industry veteran Jeff Moseley. Fair Trade Services is a partnership based on dialogue, transparency, and respect, formed for the development of remarkable Christian artists who desire artistic excellence, cultural relevance and spiritual significance.  Located in Brentwood, Tennessee, their roster includes MercyMe, Laura Story, Audio Adrenaline, The Afters, Phillips, Craig & Dean, Sara Groves, Phil Wickham, Shane & Shane and more. Fair Trade Services is distributed by Provident Distribution and Sony Music. (www.FairTradeServices.com).

The Latest In Christian Music Deals!

Happy July everyone!

We’re back to bring you an update on the latest & greatest album deals happening around the web. Amazon Music is featuring some some of our favorites on sale for a limited time, so we wanted to keep you in the loop. Check out a couple of our top picks below, and CLICK HERE to see the full list they have to offer now through July 7th!

CDs For $7.99 & Under

$9.99 New Releases

Andrew Peterson Continues As Show Hope Artist With His Behold The Lamb Of God Christmas Tour

SHOW HOPE EXTENDS PARTNERSHIP WITH ARTIST ANDREW PETERSON

Show Hope™ has announced they will continue their partnership with Andrew Peterson to help reach audiences with opportunities to care for orphans. Show Hope will sponsor Peterson, who is a singer, songwriter, storyteller and award-winning author, as he kicks off his 13th Annual Behold The Lamb of God Christmas Tour, which opened Wednesday evening.

This fall he wrapped up his first official tour as a Show Hope artist, the 14-city Light For The Lost Boy Tour. On the nationwide tour Peterson was joined by indie-rock trio CALEB, where each night they shared about the orphan care ministry of Show Hope in hopes of raising sponsors to help provide orphans with families and forever transform the lives of children. The Light For The Lost Boy Tour and Behold The Lamb of God Christmas Tour are part of the many efforts to achieve Show Hope’s goal of obtaining 10,000 sponsors by 2013 in honor of their upcoming 10th anniversary.

Show Hope has a few tours already under their belts, thanks to previous concert runs with Steven Curtis Chapman and Michael W. Smith as well as Peterson. The ministry is thrilled to announce the sponsorship of this latest tour, which continues to broaden their artists and advocates program.

Andrew Peterson couldn’t be more thrilled to partner with Show Hope and is honored to share evening after evening about the ministry’s sponsorship program. “One of Show Hope’s biggest needs is sponsors and they need people willing to step up and give so that these children can find homes,” he shares. “For me to get to work with Show Hope and to be a small part in building the kingdom in this way, to show these children the love of Jesus, is profoundly moving,” Peterson continues. “It’s a small price to pay for a blessing that big.”

Behold The Lamb Of God Tour Dates:*

11/ 28 – Norfolk, NE
11/29 – Lincoln, NE
11/30 – Dubuque, IA
12/1 – Milford, OH
12/2 – Birmingham, AL
12/3 – Knoxville, TN
12/6 – Richmond, VA
12/7 – Gaithersburg, MD
12/8 – Concord, NH
12/11 – Montgomery, AL
12/12 – Charlotte, NC
12/13 – Whiteville, NC
12/14 – Orlando, FL
12/15 – Lakeland, FL
12/16 & 17 – Nashville, TN
12/19 – League City, TX
12/20 – Bullard, TX

*All dates subject to change

For more information, please visit www.andrew-peterson.com/events.


(Photo of Andrew Peterson and CALEB from The Light For The Lost Boy Tour)

ABOUT SHOW HOPE:
A ministry founded in 2003 by Steven Curtis Chapman and his wife Mary Beth to help care for the millions of orphans around the world, Show Hope helps to provide waiting orphans with forever families by giving financial grants to adoptive families. To date, Show Hope is now an internationally recognized voice for orphan advocacy and has given more than 3,500 financial grants, affecting the lives of children from 50+ different countries, including the U.S. In addition to giving financial grants, Show Hope also empowers families, churches and communities with adoption and orphan care resources and advocacy efforts to change the world for orphans.

Show Hope, expanding its remarkable worldwide impact, also provides for orphans with special needs in China through its four Special Care Centers. One of these centers is Maria’s Big House of Hope, a six-story healing home facility located in Luoyang, China. Opened in the summer of 2009, its mission is to provide the highest level of care for orphans who are in desperate need of surgeries and medical attention, thus enabling the children to thrive and increase the orphans’ chances of being adopted. Three additional centers have opened in the Henan province of China in the cities of Zhengzhou, Jiaozuo and Xinyang, operating in state-run orphanages as an extension of the care being provided at Maria’s Big House of Hope.

The Chapmans were most recently recognized for their adoption advocacy by The Christian Alliance for Orphans (CAFO) who presented them with the The Defender of the Fatherless Award. The Chapmans received the award this spring before 2,000 advocates of orphan care and adoption at the Christian Alliance for Orphans’ Summit VIII, held at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California. Each year, the Defender of the Fatherless Award honors bold and sacrificial leadership that has inspired the church and transformed children’s lives. Mary Beth and Steven Curtis Chapman were recognized for the immense impact they have had in re-awakening Christians to God’s call for orphan care through Show Hope. ShowHope.org.

ABOUT ANDREW PETERSON:

Andrew Peterson is a man of many talents with a successful recording and songwriting career, as well as being an award-winning author and the host of a highly popular online creative community known as the Rabbit Room (RabbitRoom.com). Peterson released his new album, Light for the Lost Boy on August 28, 2012 to rave reviews….hailing the project “as best album of the year so far.” His previous project Counting Stars debuted at #1 on iTunes and #6 on Billboard. His single “Dancing in the Minefields” reached the Top 10 on the Christian AC chart, while the video for the song has received well over 1,000,000 views online. Peterson is currently working on his fourth and final book in the Wingfeather Saga series that releases in early 2013. Book two won the 2010 Christy Award for Young Adult Fiction. In September Peterson hosted Hutchmoot, the third annual Rabbit Room conference for lovers of art, songs, and stories—an event that sold out in seven minutes! Peterson appeared on the spring and fall legs of the Steven Curtis Chapman Songs & Stories Tour and in December will embark on his 13th annual Christmas tour, Behold the Lamb of God. For more information on Peterson please visit Andrew-Peterson.com.

Hawk Nelson Unveils Their New Single, “Words,” With An Official Lyric Video!

We’re loving the new single from Hawk Nelson, and wanted to share it with you! The band released a brand new lyric video this week of their song “Words” which features a special guest appearance from MercyMe frontman, Bart Millard. Check out the story behind the song & video below, and let us know what you think!

“Words” really speaks to the heart of what God’s been teaching us as a band over the past few months. The words we speak are a powerful testament to who we are and how we influence those around us. We truly have the power to either speak life into others or break them down depending on the choices we make. It’s been our prayer as a band to say to God that we want to be His light… that we want to speak His love into people’s lives every day. Whether that means being on stage and playing shows, or whether that’s with our wives, families, or friends, we just want to be really intentional about speaking life into people.

We were so honored that Bart from MercyMe agreed to be a part of this song as well. He was actually monumental in encouraging me to step up as the new lead singer for Hawk Nelson. Last fall when we were on the Rock & Worship Roadshow with him, he called me into his dressing room and really laid it out and encouraged me to consider it. That conversation meant so much to me, and honestly, Bart had such a huge impact on the new direction for the band that when wrote this song, it only felt natural to have him be a part of it. It’s been really cool to see God directing the whole thing as it came around full circle and we’re stoked with how “Words”turned out! -Jon (Hawk Nelson)

www.HawkNelson.com
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Disciple Kicks Off O God Save Us All Release Week With Packed House for CD Release Party and Live Stream Event in Nashville

Disciple knew there was no better way to kick off their latest project, O God Save Us All, than by rockin’ out at a CD release party in Music City on Monday night. Along with the packed house, fans across the globe were able to watch the band’s performance in Nashville, TN via live stream as Disciple played tracks from the new album along with fan favorites.

Following the success of their 2010 release, Horseshoes & Handgrenades, Disciple’s new album consists of a tight, vibrant collection of hard-hitting rock songs with a redemptive heart. The 11-track album includes their current hit single “Draw The Line” which hit the Top 5 on the Billboard Christian Rock chart and Top 10 at CHR. Their second single and the album’s title track debuted in the Top 20 this week.

Fans and critics alike are raving, check out the sampling of the latest praise for O God Save Us All:

“If you’re looking for both a powerful and moving addition to your music collection look no further than Disciple’s latest O God Save Us All. It should keep old fans satisfied and draw in new and make a good addition to any collection.” - Alt Rock Live

“O God Save Us All is a dynamic collection of hard rock hymns, showcasing Disciple’s ability to create both raw anthems and symphonic ballads.” - New Release Tuesday

“I think we are seeing a new (and that’s a good ‘new’) side of Disciple beginning to emerge; along with some of the old elements that you heard in their earliest releases.” - Breathecast

“When the norm is crafting solid rock records with great replay value, ‘maintaining the norm’ isn’t such a bad thing; it’s no wonder Disciple has been around so long….The focus of the album is completely Christ-driven and delivers a message that’s great for all listeners.” - Jesus Freak Hideout

[Get Connected with Disciple]

Website // www.disciplerocks.com
Twitter // www.twitter.com/disciplerocks
Facebook // www.facebook.com/disciplerocks

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Audio Adrenaline Video Interview: Introducing Kevin Max

Audio Adrenaline sits down to introduce their new lead singer, Kevin Max, and share the story behind his joining the band in this 2nd video interview.

Watch the making of the “Kings & Queens” music video in episode 3 of of Audio Adrenaline’s Beliefnet.com documentary series!


Don’t forget to pick up your copy of the band’s brand new single “Kings & Queens.”

Click here to preview the song & get it now!

www.AudioA.com
Twitter.com/AudioAdrenaline
Facebook.com/AudioAdrenaline

BEC Recordings’ Manafest Wins 9th GMA Covenant Award

SINGLE “HUMAN” GAINING TRACTION AT RADIO
ON TOUR WITH ROCKERS SAVING ABEL

BEC Recordings’ and international rock artist Manafest was honored with his 9th GMA Covenant Award this week for “Recorded Song of the Year” with the song “Never Let You Go” off of his fifth studio album Fighter. Fans can view this award winning song’s music video here: “Never Let You Go”.

Currently Manafest is climbing the radio charts at CHR with the current single “Human.” This week at CHR the song was the most added including an add at Air 1. The title track “Fighter” is getting spins at general market stations like WiiL Chicago, WZBH Ocean City and WRAT in New Jersey. Fighter has already produced a No. 1 Single at Rock radio (“Fighter”) as well as a No. 2 Single (“Pushover”) and a Top 20 CHR single (“Never Let You Go”).

Since the release of his fifth studio album, Fighter, Manafest has been around the world touring nonstop. In April, this album debuted in the Top 20 on the iTunes® Rock album chart at No. 16 and was the highest career debut for Manafest landing at No. 7 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart. Manafest spent weeks touring in Japan and China supporting the international release of Fighter where he debuted at No. 8 on the Japan iTunes chart.

In addition to the radio and international success, Manafest’s newest venture has received wide acclaim from the media. Media said that the album was “lyrically intense,” “packs a power punch,” and an “ambitious blend of rap, hip-hop and R&B.”

Starting this weekend, Manafest will be touring with rockers Saving Abel for six shows. Catch Manafest at a date near you listed below.

November 10 Destin, FL
November 11 Jacksonville, FL
November 14 Charlotte, NC
November 15 Greenville, SC
November 16 Murfreesboro, TN
November 17 Tupelo, MS

ABOUT FIGHTER:
Produced by Adam Messinger (Justin Bieber) and Seth Mosley (newsboys), Fighter vents the Toronto native’s losses and draws hurting people toward inspiration like never before. A fighter himself, Manafest knows what it means to have a fight. His uphill climb began at age five when his father committed suicide. Years of childhood insecurity and fear gave way to a promising skateboarding career, but then an injury took that away, too. Music soon filled the void, and it would prove to be a perfect fit.
“Whether it’s family, personal, or professional, it’s been a fight,” he says of a life and career that, despite their many layers and successes, are really just beginning to step into the ring. “I’ve had the willingness to bear pain to get through all this, and I’m winning now. Fighter was made to keep bringing a light to people; keep fighting.”

ABOUT MANAFEST:
Over the past 11 years, Chris Greenwood has used the moniker Manafest to organically build his fan base playing hundreds of shows on four continents. In 2006, Manafest released Glory from which the rock anthem “Impossible,” featuring Thousand Foot Krutch’s Trevor McNevan, became a global hit. In 2008, Manafest followed up with Citizens Activ, which catapulted success garnering multiple TV placements and his overall presence in the US and internationally. In 2010, Manafest released his most critically acclaimed project, The Chase, which he received his second JUNO Award nomination as well as won the 2010 GMA Canada Award. In June 2011, Manafest released his first self-titled live DVD / CD. Touring worldwide Manafest has also traveled to the United Kingdom, Ireland, New Zealand, Japan and United States.

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Connect with Manafest:
www.manafest.net | twitter.com/Manafest
http://www.facebook.com/manafest

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Audio Adrenaline Video Interview: Why Is The Band Getting Back Together Now?

Check out the first of several video interviews from Audio Adrenaline as they talk about this new journey for the band. While in Jacmel Haiti, they sat down to do a few videos to share their hearts about the mission of the band, the new lineup and the story behind their single, “Kings & Queens’” and we’re excited to bring you the first installment today! Check it out below & stay tuned for more to come!

Be sure to also check out the 2nd episode of Audio Adrenaline’s new documentary series with Belief net.com and go behind the scenes with Kevin in the studio as he records vocals for their first single “Kings & Queens.”

Don’t forget to pick up your copy of the band’s brand new single “Kings & Queens.”

Click here to preview the song & get it now!

www.AudioA.com
Twitter.com/AudioAdrenaline
Facebook.com/AudioAdrenaline

Stream Disciple’s Upcoming Album Before It Hits Stores & Enter To Win A Signed Copy!

THIS CONTEST HAS A WINNER!

We’re excited to get to share the brand new Disciple album, “O God Save Us All,” with you today- 1 week before it actually hits stores! The band is celebrating the new CD release next week with a live online world-wide streaming concert event that you can tune into for just $5.00. Be sure to go get your passes to the show now over at DiscipleRocks.com for Monday, November 12th, at 7:00pm. You won’t want to miss out on Disciple’s rockin’ live show! We know we won’t :)

Visit DiscipleRocks.com now to go check it out!

We’ve also got some autographed copies of Disciple new album here, and we’re looking for some of you to give them to! After you stream the record below, leave a comment about which song is your favorite and we’ll randomly select 5 lucky winners. Ready, set…go!


HILLSONG CHURCH CHAMPIONS THE CAUSE OF THE LOCAL CHURCH WITH NEW CHAPEL RELEASE AND RESOURCES

INTIMATE HILLSONG CHAPEL RELEASE, FOREVER REIGN, TOPS ITUNES CHRISTIAN ALBUMS CHART
HILLSONG CHURCH LAUNCHES FREE SMALL-GROUP RESOURCES

Hillsong Church endeavors to champion the cause of the local Church, and their latest release is no exception. The second installment in their Chapel series titled Forever Reign is a collection of some of their most popular songs with an intimate, personal feel, which many believe will continue to break down cultural and denominational barriers. The album spent much of its first week at No. 1 on the iTunes Christian Albums U.S. chart and remains solid in the Top Ten. In addition to the Hillsong Chapel release, the church launched a range of free small group studies.

“Many people and churches express worship in a more reflective, intimate manner. There is no right or wrong way to love God, and I think this album helps people understand that,” Hillsong worship leader Reuben Morgan explained. “The album and the accompanying resources will also help smaller churches who don’t have large music teams. Our message is simple – worshipping God transcends size, culture and tradition.”

Hillsong Chapel is an organic collection of favorite Hillsong worship songs best described as a contemplative expression of praise and worship. Recorded live in February 2012, Forever Reign is comprised of 12 carefully rearranged songs perfect for smaller gatherings and a resource for smaller congregations. Such favorites included on this release are: “With Everything,” “Desert Song”, “Cornerstone” and “Beautiful Exchange.” Also included is a companion DVD included featuring seven live performances of songs from the album. Watch the album trailer here.

The album caps off a big year of music for Hillsong, with their annual live worship project Cornerstone released in July and a new Christmas album We have a Savior currently available.
While Hillsong is best known for its music, Hillsong also produces resources for church leaders. They just released a range of free small group studies, which are inspired by the impact of the most recent Hilsong LIVE album, Cornerstone.

Morgan revealed that the new studies are based on helping Christians hold fast to God as life’s anchor, as only He is strong enough to hold us.

“When we are pushed to our limit, there is only one source of hope, there is only one cornerstone,” shares Morgan. “This is about inspiring people, challenging them and facilitating discussion so we better understand the need to put Christ at the very center of everything.”

The studies are based on the songs from the Cornerstone album and are available for download by anyone or any church. The ‘Cornerstone’ small group studies from Hillsong Church are available for free download at http://au.hillsongmusic.com.

ABOUT HILLSONG CHURCH:

In August 1983, Brian and Bobbie Houston founded the Hills Christian Life Centre in the Hills District of Sydney, Australia. It has grown from a congregation of 45 to what is said to be the largest local church in Australian history. It has now expanded to be a global church with local expressions in significant cities; with churches in Australia, London, New York, Paris, Cape Town, Stockholm, Germany, Kiev, Amsterdam and Copenhagen. Each week, tens of thousands of people across the globe call Hillsong Church ‘home’ and the reach, impact and influence of this local congregation is seen across many nations.

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