Help Haiti Live Concert Announced

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Yesterday, Compassion International announced a benefit concert to help aid in their Haiti Disaster Relief Fund. The concert will feature Jon Foreman, Alison Krauss, Jars Of Clay, Mat Kearney, NEEDTOBREATHE and many others. The statement below was released yesterday:

With extraordinary need still existing in the devastated country, Alison Krauss and Union Station featuring Jerry Douglas, Big Kenny, Mat Kearney, Jars of Clay, Jon Foreman, Brandon Heath, NEEDTOBREATHE, Dave Barnes, and Matt Wertz will participate in a concert at Nashville’s famed and Gaylord- owned Ryman Auditorium. Produced to inspire live concert and on-line audiences to financially support the relief work of Compassion International in Haiti, all talent and production fees have been donated, along with streaming services (Livestream.com), allowing proceeds to go toward Compassion’s disaster relief fund (more details below). Gibson Guitars has donated a guitar to be signed by the evening’s performers and auctioned off, with bids starting today at HelpHaitiLive.com/auction.

Tickets range in price from $25-75 and can be purchased at Ticketmaster.com and all Ticketmaster locations, as well as through The Ryman box office: 800-745-3000 or ryman.com.

Event details include:
Nashville/Ryman Auditorium, 7:30pm cst:
Host: Big Kenny (plus performance)
Alison Krauss and Union Station featuring Jerry Douglas
Jars of Clay
Mat Kearney
Jon Foreman
Brandon Heath
Dave Barnes
NEEDTOBREATHE

All net proceeds from HelpHaitiLive.com will go to Compassion International’s Haiti disaster relief fund. All money raised in response to the Haiti earthquake will be used immediately to re-equip Compassion’s local support structure and to provide for the immediate needs of Compassion-assisted children and families.

Compassion has been meeting the physical and spiritual needs of Haitians for more than forty years and will continue to serve them in this time of extreme need. Already Compassion International has supplied more than 15,000 families with clean water, food, blankets, temporary shelter, medical supplies and counseling. Donations will lay bricks, feed, educate, clothe, heal and rebuild Haiti for many months to come.

Compassion International is the world’s largest Christian child development organization that permanently releases children from poverty. Founded in 1952, Compassion successfully tackles global poverty one child at a time, serving more than 1 million children in 26 of the world’s poorest countries. Recognizing that poverty is more than a lack of money, Compassion works holistically through local churches to address the individual physical, economic, educational and spiritual needs of children, enabling them to thrive, not just survive. Charity Navigator, America’s largest charity evaluator, has awarded Compassion its highest rating “four stars” for eight consecutive years.

“Help Haiti Live” is owned by Compassion International and will be produced by Shaun Groves and Synergy Production Group. Synergy Production Group creates and produces live events that connect audiences with brands or causes. Offering turn-key event solutions, strategic content development, creative design, audio, video and lighting production, talent procurement and complete program management, Synergy Production Group is based in Franklin, TN (www.synergyprg.com).

Gaylord Entertainment Company has taken an active and immediate role in supporting earthquake recovery efforts in Haiti. In addition to its involvement in the Help Haiti Live concert event, Gaylord is providing direct aid to family members of employees who live in Haiti through its STAR Assistance Program. The company also provided financial support to the American Red Cross’s relief efforts and is currently working with Harvest Time International in Florida as well as the Salvation Army to transport thousands of pounds of food, clothing, and household goods donated by its STARS (employees) to the hardest-hit areas of the island nation.

Christian Music News Oct.27th, 2009

Headlines

Mantric (featuring former members of Extol) have signed with Prosthetic Records, and will be releasing a self titled album through said label in the very near future…

An interview with Thrice was posted on Causecast.org this week. Read Thrice interview.

Mat Kearney recently recently recorded a live session over at Daytrotter.com. Listen to Mat Kearney on Daytrotter.

Owl City‘s song Fireflies was #1 on iTunes this week. Congrats to all…

The Glass Ocean broke up.

An interview with The Almost was posted at estrellaonline this week. Read The Almost interview.

The Clocktower Showdown have also split up.

Wovenhand is currently recording a new album entitled The Thrashing Floor. It will be out in early 2010.

Apparently Tyler from Blessed By A Broken Heart got into some trouble this with the metal band Megadeath over a comment Tyler made to one of Megadeath‘s road crew that was deemed “racist”. A press release was issued to clear things up. Read Blessed By A Broken Heart press release.

An interview with Matt from Relient K was posted over on Relevent Magazine’s website this week. Read Relient K interview.

Videos

Below is the new video from Rawsrvnt with his song “Tears 4 Peers”

Here is a cool little video from Jay And The Lovebirds called “Last Compromise”

This is the latest awesomeness from Listener Project called “Ozark Empire, Or A Snake Oil Salesman Comes To Your Town”

Below is the video for “Lost Connection With The Head” by Showbread

This next video isnt actually a music video. It seems that Youtube is re-broadcasting U2‘s entire concert from the a recent stop at The Rose Bowl. The video below is over 2 hours long. Enjoy:

Album Info (more in the Release Dates page)

Below is the album artwork and tracklisting for American Idol winner Kris Allen‘s upcoming November 17th, 2009 self titled release. It will feature Jon Foreman of the Switchfoot/Fiction Family fame, and was co-produced/written by members of MuteMath, OneRepulic, The Fray, and Paper Route.
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1. Live Like We’re Dying
2. Before We Come Undone
3. Can’t Stay Away
4. The Truth
5. Written All Over My Face
6. Bring It Back
7. Red Guitar
8. Is It Over
9. Let It Rain
10. Alright With Me
11. Lifetime
12. I Need To Know
13. Heartless

Below is the album artwork and tracklisting for Bifrost Arts upcoming Christmas album, Salvation Is Created, which will become available November 3rd, 2009
biofrost arts Salvation Is Created
1. O Come, O Come Emmanuel
2. Joy Joy!!! (featuring Devon Sproule and Paul Curreri)
3. Bring A Torch Jeanette, Isabella (featuring Ben + Vesper)
4. O Little Town Of Bethlehem (featuring Sarah Fullen)
5. Let All Mortal Flesh (featuring Elin K. Smith)
6. Messiah (featuring Robert Heiskel)
7. Silent Night (featuring Diane Birch)
8. Out Of Heaven (featuring Derek Webb and Evan Gregory)
9. Veiled In Darkness (featuring Matt Bauer and Maeve)
10. Salvation Is Created (featuring Aimee Wilson)

Christian Music News Oct.20th,2009

Headlines

It seems that former Cross Movement member and underground Christian emcee pioneer Enock passed away this weekend of a sudden heart attack. Please Pray for his family and friends…

According to their twitter accounts, Jon Foreman and Sean Watkins are working on a new Fiction Family album.

Stellar Kart is now on INO Records instead of Word Records.

You can listen to a full concert from Moby over at NPR. So go do it. Listen to Moby on NPR.

An interview with progressive indie band O’Brother can be found over at theblueindian.com. Read O’Brother interview.

With Blood Comes Cleansing are apparently back in action, and they recently told fans that while they wont be touring in the near future, they will be playing local shows along with writing a recording new music.

Also returning to the fold is At The Throne Of Judgment, and they even have a brand new song on their Myspace.

It appears that about a week before their new album hits, Deas Vail decided to sign with Mono VS. Stereo. Cool stuff…

Continuance (ex Means and Saints Never Surrender) have officially signed with Rise Records, and are working on a new CD.

Singer/songwriter Andy Zipf signed with P Is For Panda this week, and has released his latest EP Our Voice Is Weapon in digital format through the label.

The OC Supertones are going to be hitting the festival circuit in 2010.

Videos

Below is the new video from Lecrae with his song “Go Hard”

Below is the new video from Jaymes Reunion with their latest single, “Fine”

Below is the video for “No Be Nah” by John Reuben

Album Info (more in the Release Dates page)

Below is the album artwork and tracklisting for Deas Vail‘s upcoming October 27th, 2009 release, entitled Birds & Cages.

deas vail_birds and cages
1. The Things You Were
2. Growing Pains
3. Excuses
4. Cages
5. Birds
6. Tell Me
7. Dance In Perfect Time
8. Sunlight
9. Puzzles And Pieces
10. The Great Physician
11. The Leaper
12. Atlantis

Below is the album artwork and tracklisting for Living Sacrifice‘s much anticipated new album, The Infinite Order. The CD will hit stores January 26th, 2010.
Living Sacrifice - The Infinite Order
1. Overkill Exposure
2. Rules of Engagement
3. Nietzsche’s Madness
4. Unfit to Live
5. The Training
6. Organized Lie
7. The Reckoning
8. Love Forgives
9. They Were One
10. God Is My Home
11. Apostasy

Below is the album artwork and tracklisting for The Crucified‘s upcoming re-release of their classic album, The Pillars of Humanity. It will drop November 17th, 2009

the crucified pillars
1. Intro/Hateworld
2. It’s All About Fear
3. The Wrong One
4. Mindbender
5. Path to Sorrow
6. Fellowship of Thieves
7. Focus
8. The Strength
9. Blackstone/So-Called Living, 1991
10. The Pillars of Humanity

To Write Love On Her Arms

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If you hope to understand the movement and the fashion that is To Write Love On Her Arms, you must understand the story. For some this is a story about depression, addiction and recovery.  For some it is the story of the fastest growing charitable organization ever.  For some it is the story of a clothing brand that exploded into the marketplace.  For some it is the story of how the underground Christian music scene fueled a social phenomenon.  It is all of those things but it is none of those things.

This is the story of a girl who was finally willing to accept love and found life.  This is the story of a man who was willing to share Christ’s love, with five days of  his life, and was handed a mission.

Renee Yohe, a 19 year-old drug and alcohol addict and cutter, had rejected love to the point she had attempted suicide twice.  But in February 2006, Renee was convinced to accept the pleas of Jamie Tworkowski and his friends from church to enter rehab.  However, because of Renee’s drug tests and wounds she inflicted upon herself during the admittance process, the rehab center delayed her admission for five days until she detoxed.

Jamie and his friends knew this may be their last chance to help Renee and feared she might not live another five days, so they became her Church and lived with her during her five day detox and preparation for rehab.

Those five days, Renee’s willingness to be loved and Jamie’s willingness to stop his life for five days to serve like Christ has changed the world for thousands of people.

Jamie wrote the story, To Write Love on Her Arms, of the five days with Renee, set-up a MySpace page and printed some t-shirts to help pay for Renee’s rehab.  Christian music artists Switchfoot and Anberlin embraced the movement immediately and the explosion began. Three years later that MySpace page has more than 325,000 friends, there is a worldwide To Write Love On Her Arms week (September 10-17) and on February 13, 2008 more than 380,000 members dedicated themselves to writing “love” on their arms and sharing the message around the world.  The TWOHA “Hope Line” has fielded more the 2.7M calls from people seeking help with depression and addiction.  So hot is the brand that TWOHA tshirts became the top selling brand at Hot Topic within two weeks of its launch.

Jamie Tworkowski and Renee Yohe (2009)

Jamie Tworkowski and Renee Yohe (2009)

So what is this movement we call To Write Love On Her Arms?  It is best captured by the TWLOHA mySpace page:

To Write Love on Her Arms is a work in progress. This began with one broken girl, one painful night; addiction, depression, cutting. This is a glimpse at the five days that followed, a decision to love and to begin telling her true story. To Write Love on Her Arms is becoming something bigger, something hopeful. It’s the realization of what life can be when we commit to meeting a need. A friend of mine told me there’s no such thing as suicide prevention. This is an attempt to prove him wrong, to say that love can change a life. We can hold back the darkness. Rescue is possible. More soon to come. Join us as we continue to write this story, and as we begin to offer hope to the many hopeless who walk these dark roads. A Jimmy Eat World lyric has been stuck in my head today, “Believe your voice can mean something.”

TWLOHA has risen to prominence through endorsements of celebrities such as the members of Paramore, Jon Foreman from Switchfoot, Sean from the Blackout, Derek Sanders from Mayday Parade, Deon Rexroat from Anberlin, Amy Lee from Evanescence, Bryce Avary from The Rocket Summer, Casey Calvert from Hawthorne Heights, and Brendon Urie and Ryan Ross from Panic at the Disco and has a growing loyal fan base. Other supportive bands and musicians include A Skylit Drive, Between the TreesThe Almost, Underoath, Bayside, As We Collide, The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, and many more.

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To Write Love On Her Arms has become a global phenomenon, but how is the girl who was the subject of all the attention in the first place?  Renee Yohe seems to be doing well.  Youtube has many vidoes of her, including one of her celebrating her third anniversary of sobriety.  Here she is in 2008 talking about her life and her book which tells the story from her side.

Jamie Tworkowski has become a global celebrity.  He continues to pursue his calling to spread love over depression and addiction.  Here are a couple of excerpts from an interview with Jamie::

“I think it all begins with the idea that our story matters – regardless of influence or attention or any of that. Our story matters because we’re part of a bigger story. Our story matters because we’ve been created to love and be loved. I think we’ll each express it differently – some will write books or blogs, some will write songs. Someone else will make a movie. I think the most important outlet, the one that applies to all of us, is community. We all need people we can do life with, people who will journey with us, people who can meet us in our questions.

As for a secret or advice for telling a story, I’ll go with this: Be honest. We all have our dreams and our fears and our questions. The tendency is to keep these things quiet because we don’t know what to do with them, or because we’re worried that other people will call us crazy. I say it matters. I say you might just find your greatest gifts in those scary places. I say it’s worth wrestling with because the world needs more people who have something to say, people who are interested in fixing things, people who are willing to dream… So be honest. It’s scary, but it’s good….

…As for what I want to say next, I don’t always go here because I don’t want to push people away. I think the language of it has been abused and misrepresented. But I’m in the middle of a difficult season, and the difficult seasons have a way of causing me to be honest. Maybe it’s that when things are hard, you don’t have the strength to fake it. Anyway, that’s the disclaimer. What I want to say is that, when it comes to the power of story, I suppose the best example in the history of the world would be Jesus. Jesus spent a lot of time telling stories. And perhaps God loved us so much that He sent Jesus to collide with our story, the story of humanity, the story that continues tonight – me in an apartment in Florida typing these answers, and you wherever you are, reading these words on a similar bright screen. Perhaps we’re all in this together and perhaps we’re all more loved than we’ll ever know.”

Before you dive into the story that started it all, please embrace these essential lessons:

  • You were created to be loved.
  • No matter what abuse you have endured, you deserve to be loved.
  • No matter what you have done to yourself or others, you deserved to be loved.
  • Christ loves you so much, no matter who you are or what you have done.
  • As Believers we have received that unconditional love.
  • We must share that love by loving the “unlovables”.

Here is the story,  “To Write Love On Her Arms” (be careful, the story contains profanity), that started it all.

You can buy “To Write Love on Her Arms” merchandise, get involved or donate at twloha.com

Christian Artists To Know: Fiction Family

Fiction Family
Genre: Rock
Sub-genres: Folk-rock, British Invasion, Adult Contemporary, Americana
Location: Cardiff By The Sea, California
Label: ATO Records
Website: http://www.fictionfamily.com/
Christian label: no
Category: The Light whats this?

Switchfoot, the alternative rockers from San Diego, California are maybe the most successful Christian music acts to cross over from the Contemporary Christian Music scene to the mainstream alternative rock scene.  Switchfoot’s major label debut The Beautiful Letdown went double platinum, selling 2.6M copies.  They released two more highly acclaimed cd’s with Columbia Records and then announced in 2007 that they were severing their ties with Columbia to “go indie.”

The Grammy award winning Nickel Creek is the first bluegrass band to achieve broad mainstream pop success, when both “This Side”" and “Why I Should Die” reached the Top 20 on The Billboard 200.  Time magazine named Nickel Creek one of “The Five Music Innovators of the New Millennium”

Why do we care?

Jon Foreman of Switchfoot and Sean Watkins of Nickel Creek decided to start writing and playing together a few years ago at a show featuring Wilco, R.E.M. Nickel Creek and Switchfoot.   Over the next three years they wrote and recorded their self-titled debut Fiction Family, which was released on January 20, 2009.

Strong melodies, multi-instrumentation and plaintive vocals create distinctive a Pop, Americana sound with stong undertones of the best British pop.  As Foreman describes it, “[Fiction Family has] a lot of Jayhawks mixed into it. There’s definitely a little Beatles influence”.  The duo modernizes the sound with liberal use of sound and musical effects.  The debut has a creative freedom to it that results in a loose, joyful sound (read Bored at the Grammys), that makes listening to Fiction Family very much like listening to the Beatle’s Revolver or Rubber Soul.

“The songs themselves would sort of dictate where things would go,” says Watkins. “No one was saying it needs to be this way or that way. It was just about what was fun and what was good for the song. It’s definitely the purest way of making music that I’ve come across.”

According to Fiction Family’s website:

“Simply put, this kind of record could not have existed ten, five, even three years ago. It’s the reassuring sound of two professional musicians tapping into the creativity that flows when limits and expectations-the old engines of a record business we’re in the midst of reinventing-are removed from the artistic process. Talk about a silver lining.”

Watkins and Foreman, fellow San Diegans who have known each other since high school, are vocalists and multi-instrumentalists.  They often took turns singing lead vocals and they both play several instruments on each song, including guitar, bass, keyboards, percussion, baritone ukulele, piano, organ, mandolin, steel guitar, 12-string guitar. Fiddle player Sara Watkins is featured on a few songs as well.

Here is Fiction Family performing “Mostly Prove Me Wrong”:

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NTxpMtfGD6U

I was very excited by the prospect of member’s of two of the most successful Christian music acts of the last 10 years collaborating on a project.  The result exceeded my expectations.  The joy of free creation is palpable in the music and the song’s melodies soar on the layers of instruments. Fiction Family’s debut feels more like an experimental side project than an ongoing collaboration.  Let’s hope they continue to make this wonderful music.

You can find Fiction Family’s music digitally on Fiction Family

You can also buy their CDs on Amazon: Fiction Family(2009)

The Weekly Christian Music News

Once again, here is a whole bunch of links to the various news items in the Christian music scene this week. Please click through and read some stories, watch some videos, and read some interviews, you never know what you will find. If you think we missed anything, please feel free to fill out that Contact Us tab over there and let us know.

I would also encourage every one to check out our new pages that have appeared at the top of the page, including our first round for the Christian Artists list and record labels.  We hope that these pages begin to help you find new and exciting music.

Take It Back!‘s fill-in bassist messed up his leg something bad at a show this week. Two days later, the same thing happened to their guitarist.

Read about Take It Back!’s bassist.

Read about Take It Back!’s guitarist.

Grammatrain speaks! After almost ten years of silence, Grammatrain has begun to roll out what the future holds from the classic Christian alternative band. Read Grammatrain’s address to their fans.

Modern rockers Willet have posted their monthly “WTV” video. Watch WTV’s latest episode.

Willet‘s tour pastor also posted his devotional for February. Read FEB DEVO.

Singer/Songwriter Corey Crowder is holding a T-shirt design contest. You can win $300 and get your design printed. Read about and enter the Corey Crowder t-shirt design contest.

CCM artist Justin Fox gave a studio update in the form of a video. Watch Justin Fox update video.

CCMmagazine.com is holding their annual Reader’s Choice Awards right now. You can vote for your favorite, and the winners will be announced shortly. Artists include Flyleaf, Jonezetta, Relient K, and Capital Lights, among others. Vote for your favorite band at CCM.

Indie rock band Esterlyn is going to holding a number of Bible studies before a number of their shows on the “Welcome To The Family Tour”. Check the dates to see if you can get involved. View tour dates and locations for Esterlyn Bibible studies.

Nu-metal band 12 Stones gave fans a small update on their activities. Read 12 Stones update.

KJ-52 posted the next in the long line of video devotionals, entitled “What Team Are You Cheering For?”. He has also started a live feed so you can talk to him while he is in the studio this week.

Watch KJ-52′s Video Devo #24.

Watch KJ-52′s live feed.

Staple is back! Read Staple’s announcement.

Country artist Brent Hill recently issued his latest press release. Read Brent Hill’s press release.

VOTA posted a behind the scenes look at the making of their latest video for the track “Hard To Believe”. Watch VOTA make their new video.

Stereosubversion.com posted an interview with Molly Jenson, in which she talks about the writing process for the new album, her duet with Switchfoot‘s frontman Jon Foreman , and her future in children’s books. Read Molly Jenson interview.

The new mewithoutYou artwork was revealed this week, along with the title of their upcoming release. View mewithoutYou artwork.

Solo artist Josh Wilson posted a video blog explaining the meaning behind his song “Savior, Please”. Watch Josh Wilson’s video blog.

Chris from the metal band The Ascendicate posted a blog explaining to the world what the band was all about. Read The Ascendicate blog.

Rapper Trip Lee wrote an article on offending people called “When Its Ok To Offend Without Remorse”. Read Trip Lee’s article.

The Almost talked about what the band has been up to lately and writing for the next CD. Read The Almost update.

Rockers DecembeRadio post a huge news update. Read DecembeRadio news.

Blood and Water is teaming up with TOMS Shoes and their charity efforts. Read about Blood and Water and TOMS Shoes.

Country artist Dan Evans video for his song “Goin’ All Out” debuted on CMT.com this week. Watch Dan Evans video for “Goin’ All Out”.

Solo Contemporary Christian artist Phil Stacey signed to Reunion Records this week. Read Phil Stacy’s announcement .

Surf-pop artist Colbie Caillat announced the launch of her official fan club this week. Read about Colbie Caillat’s official fan club.

Decibelmagazine.com has an exclusive clip from Believer‘s upcoming release, Gabriel. Listen to exclusive Believer clip.

Skillet posted a video of them recording their latest album. Watch Skillet in the studio.

Stuff From All Over

2009 is up and going, and things are starting to pick up again for us around here. Some formatting issues didn’t let me post a New Releases post this week, but we have taken care of it, so there will be one up next week. I promise.  Anyway, the music scene is starting to go back to work, so the news is a bit more plentiful than past posts. We do this every week (almost every week) to keep you, the reader, up to date on what is happening in the Christian music industry. If you think we have missed something, or you want to hear about your favorite Christian artist, hit us up in that Contact Us tab over there, and we will do our best to change our ways..

Friction Family did an interview that debuted on hearitfirst.com. They were also featured in Billboard Magazine. Watch Friction Family video interview. See Friction Family in Billboard Magazine.

Rapper Apple Jaxx put a new song called “Rebel” for free download. Download a free Apple Jaxx MP3.

Emery and Underoath announced their European tour together. Check tour dates for Emery.

HANDS updated fans from the road about their latest tour and whats going on with the band. Read HANDS tour blog.

Glam metal icons Stryper posted the track listing for their latest CD. Read Stryper’s tracklisting for their new CD, Murder By Pride.

Agraceful is streaming their entire CD right now on myspace. Listen to Agraceful’s full CD, The Great I Am.

A live video of Copeland surfaced on Buzznet.com this week. Watch a live music video of Copeland.

Skillet gave a huge update concerning new music and various band stuff. Read updates on Skillet.

Indievisionmusic.com did a great interview with Tooth And Nail Records owner/founder Brandon Ebel. Read the online interview with Brandon Ebel of Tooth And Nail.

Believer’s official announcement concerning their signing to Meta Blade Records was made public. Read Metal Blade Records official annnouncent on signing Believer.

Rapper KJ-52 posted another of his ongoing video devotionals, this one is entitled “Who Do You Compare To?”. Watch KJ-52′s video devontional #12.

Underneath The Gun posted an update concerning their new CD, Forfiet Misfourtunes, being featured on Smartpunk.com, new tours, and their purevolume site. Read updates for Underneath The Gun.

Yours For Mine‘s new album, Dear Children, was reviewed by highbeamreview.com, christianmusiczine.com, and jtindie.com. Read Dear Children CD review on highbeam. Read Dear Children review on christianmusiczine.com. Read Dear Children CD review on jtindie.

Red has new music video up for the song “Death Of Me” on their website. Watch Red’s music video for “Death Of Me”.

High Valley issued their latest e-news update concerning a new CD, tours, and joining a cruise next winter. Read news updates for High Valley.

Esther O’Conner gave a short update on her Christmas break, and some new songs from her new CD. Read Esther O’Conner updates.

Abandon Kansas posted their first tour vidoe blog from their “Left Coast Tour”. Watch video tour blog from Abanddon Kansas.

Open Grave Records signed I Built The Cross this week. Read Open Grave Records announce the signing of I Built The Cross.

The artwork for THE ASCENDICATE’s new album made its way online this week. See the cover art for the CD To Die As Kings.

Brain “Head” Welch will be holding open auditions for his touring band very soon. Read how to audition for Brian Welch’s touring band.

Veronica Ballestrini gave asmall update about her new album. Read updates from Veronica Ballestrini.

R-Swift‘s new video for the song “Lifetime” hit the web this week. Watch R-Swift’s video for “Lifetime”.

A rendition of of “A Little Help From My Friends” featuring Dustin Kensrue (Thrice), Jon Foreman (Switchfoot), and Aaron Gillespie (Underoath/The Almost) recorded at a recent To Write Love On Her Arms event was posted on Spin.com this week. Watch the all-star video of “A Little Help From My Friends”.

Anathallo gave an interview to AbsolutePunk.net this week. Read Ananthallo interview.

The HipHope 2009 website launched this week to promote the album in February. You can listen to many of the 15+ songs through the website, and also read short bios on each of the artists featured on this year’s compilation. Check out HipHope 2009′s website.

Cornerstone Festival revamped and updated their website this week. A few bands were announced, along with an address from the fest’s director. Visit the Cornerstone Festival 2009 website.

Mae will be releasing a new song in MP3 form, every month, for a year. All proceeds will go charity. Read information on Mae’s charity song drive.

A press release concerning August Burns Red was issued this week. Read August Burns Red’s official press release.

Facedown Fest 09′s website launch this week. Visit Facedown Fest 09.

Dolly Parton announced she will be taking part of the “From The Heart Series”. Read the official announcement about Dolloy Parton and the “From The Heart Series”.

A huge update on Rebecca St. James was posted this week on her myspace. Read Rebecca St. James updates.

The Fray‘s new video for their song, “You Found Me” premiered this week. Watch the video for “You Found Me” by The Fray.

KJ-52‘s video for his song “Stuck In The 80′s” palso premiered this week. Watch the video for “Stuck In The 80s” by KJ-52.