Weekly Update 8/28/09

So if you don’t know what this post is about, every week I will give you guys a rundown on what is happening with The One21 Music. A few months ago, we added a bunch of features to this website, so the work that we are doing on here is not always very obvious. These end-of the-week posts are for you benefit so that you never miss ANYTHING on this site.

Remember, at any time feel free to contact us through our “Contact Us” tab there at the top of the page. If you have a suggestion for an artist we should be paying attention to, a video we should, and critique about the site itself, please hit us up.

Secondly, I want to explain something you guys may not realize. This site is hard work, Chuck and I spend close to 60 hrs a week working on this site by either writing posts, updating the pages, creating the artist bios, and that doesn’t even count the interviews, planning, and marketing things we do. This is not a complaint, but realize that we see this as our calling, and we will continue to work as hard as we can for you. One way you can really help us out is by buying music through us. No, we aren’t selling it directly, but all over the website there are iTunes and Amazon links. If you are thinking about buying a new CD that we suggest to you, please consider clicking through from our site, we get a commission on anything you buy after you click through, and every little bit helps. Hopefully this convenient for you, and will help us be able to do this website for a long time.

Ok, now on to the updates:

General Site Updates

-You may notice that a Music A-Z tab has appeared at the top of the website this week, but there is nothing in it after you click on the tab. Please pardon our dust, we are working making that yet another way you can access our artist database. So it will be up very soon.

-The Album Release page was updated several times this week (it is turning into an everyday thing). Album artwork for The Almost, So Long Forgotten, Mae, We Shot The Moon, and Ahmad was uploaded this week. Also note the new release dates from The Color Morale, Brifrost Arts, along with Secret & Whisper were added. I hope this page allows you to stay up to date on what is coming out, and makes you music buying a little easier.

-Fixed some glitches with discographies in the artist database. Let us know if you see anything strange, there are a lot of bios in the system, and we don’t always notice every glitch.

Blog/Articles Updates

-New Releases: There were a TON of new albums this week. Over 20! Abandon finally released their full-length, Oh Sleeper unleashed their epic concept album, and worship leader Matt Redman made his latest batch of worship service staples available to the public. My favorite of the week came from new comers So Long Forgotten, a progressive rock band who currently have their amazing new album up for free download at noisetrade.com

-Music News: Sad news from Jeremy Camp, new music video from Grits, album info for Relient K, and a break-up announcement from Capital Lights. Check it out for much more on your favorite artists!

-Free Album Downloads: a quirky little album from our buddies Brian Lee & His Orchestra. If you are in to progressive indie folk, you may want to check this one out. Its free, so what you have to lose.

-Voices Of The Underground2 Pt.2- We talked with all of our artists about how they got started in music. Surprisingly, most started on piano. New faces to the fold this week include members from Future Of Forestry and White Collar Sideshow.

Artist Database Updates

-switched some our ads around to better serve you finding some of this great music you are discovering through the website. You can now join up with eMusic and Secondspin.com faster in the artist database.

Profiles Added:
Relient K
John Reuben
The Ember Days
Abel
Ascend The Hill
So Long Forgotten
Lights
Alison Krauss
Jason Upton
Diamond Rio

Thats it guys, see you next week!

Christian Music Isn’t A Genre, It Is A Movement

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Weekly Update 8/21/09

Hello to all the amazing people who read our site, we love you. Really, your participation in this website makes everything worth it.  Every time you visit, it counts as only good stuff for us as a group.  So, thank you….

If you will remember, a few months back, we announced that we were going to tone things down a little bit on the site.  At the time, we were putting up three posts a day, beginning to build our artist database, and trying to manage our emerging “ezine” persona.  In all honesty, we never intended to use The One21 as a magazine-type website. Our original idea for this blog was to simply communicate our passion and try to begin to introduce the world to a larger perspective of “Christian music”in modern culture.

Well, God, as He always does, has His own plans for things, and seven months in to our existence we were doing interviews,  reporting on news, and in general acting like more of a magazine.

However, the true intention of this site, The One21 Music, was to build a tool that could fully introduce the people to the vast body of music made by believers. So, in May, we officially began to build our artists database. We started strong, found out we weren’t doing it right, started over, added a few features, went back and added those features to the existing profiles, went back and edited, and then once again began to add new artists, and here we are.

Confused? Dont worry, all of that was my long way of saying that we are now 260 artists strong in our database, and every week we are adding on average 6-10 new entries.  The profiles span over 10 genres, 3 categories, and over 120 styles (sub-genres).  We are doing our best to make sure that any fan, of any type of music will have a place on this website.  You can go see our progress by clicking on the “Artist Search” tab up at the top of this page, or you can click here.
Also, if there is particular artist you want to check out, you can get to them quickly by typing in www.one21music.com/(artist name) into the address bar on your browser (so an example would be www.one21music.com/owl city).  If you dont get anything, it most likely means we have not gotten that particular artist into the system yet, but don’t fret because we are working on it.

Alright, with so much going on, Chuck and I thought it would be a good idea to start giving you guys weekly rundowns on what is happening here on the site.  So at the end of the week, we will recap what we have been writing about on the blog, in the database, and what is happening in our company.  Our hope is that not only will you stay up to date to what is happening on the blog, and what new artists you may want to check out, but also that you would get to know us as people and as a company. So, here we go, this our first real update so I hope you enjoy:

General Site Updates:

-First of all, you may notice that we have a new banner. The old one was cool and everything, but as we turn the corner on this website, we wanted to go with something a bit “cleaner” looking. Plus, I (Ian) was really tired of looking at myself every time I looked at the site (yes, if you remember the guy in the banner, that was a big ‘ol profile of me, myself, and I).

-We launched our “Album Release” page this week. this page contains dates, titles, and album artwork(when available) for all the upcoming CDs from Christian artists. It will be updated often, and in future “update” posts I will keep you up to date on what we have added to the page. Go check out all the upcoming releases here.

-We got rid of our “Music Artists” and “Christian Labels” tabs. With the database, we don’t need the “Artist” tab, although you may see a newer, more accessible version of it pop up in the near future. All the information from the “Christian Labels” can now be found in our “Links” page. You can click on the “Links” tab at the top of the page or just click here

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Blog/Article Updates:

-New Releases-The big release this week came from MuteMath, but Manic Drive and Take It Back! also released somke new stuff this week.
-Music News- new videos from John Reuben, Paramore, and Philmont, along with new album info for Abandon Kansas, and a lot of bands leaving their labels and others getting signed.
-Free Download- a new little DJ album from hip-hop artist Playdough. Very strange, but hard to pass up for free.
-Voices Of The Underground2 Pt.1- Begin a new “season” of our round table interview series by asking Thousand Foot Krutch, White Collar Sideshow, Gileah Taylor, and many others what they love about music.

Artist Database Updates:

-Chuck has moved around some genre definitions to best suite our Praise & Worship, and Gospel fans.

Profiles added:
Moby
Owl City
Mindy Smith
Adrienne Young
Iris Dement
MuteMath
Son Lux
Buddy Miller
Bodies Of Water
The Welcome Wagon
Sufjan Stevens
Danielson
Josh Garrels
Listener
Preson Phillips
Gileah Taylor (Gileah & The Ghost Train)
Wonder
Love Begotten
Bradley Hathaway

Also, this weekend we will be holding a meeting to try and figure out a possible One21 Fest here in Austin, Texas. If you are reading this and have some ideas, please speak up. Until next week, God bless, and have a great weekend.

Christian Music Is Not A Genre, It Is A Movement

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.

Stuff From All Over- Happy New Year!!

From all of us here at The One 21, we hope that 2009 is a year for amazing things to be done in your life.  For us, it will be a long road of building and launching the site, but we know that God will guide us in the way that we need to go.  It will be a big year, so we hope the best for you and for us.

Like most Fridays, we post a whole bunch of links to various stories that have happened over the week in Christian music.  Please click through all the links to discover new music, catch up on old favorites, and to stay up to date with what is going on in Christian music scene.

Mute Math will be on Jay Leno TONIGHT (1/2/09)

Indievisonmusic.com has launched their new 4.0 site since we last spoke. Go in and look around.

Wrench In The Works have added a new member, thus ending their run as a three piece. The announcement of the new member and other news for Wrench In Ihe Works.

The Fold posted a video update for their fans concerning the near future for the band.

A Kiss For Jersey‘s new video for the song “oh infamous city” was posted recently.  Note: the video is a bit graphic, so watch with some care. =)

HillsongUnited posted a video teaser for their upcoming documentary “We Are All In This Together”.

Brian “Head” Welch announced about what early 2009 will hold for him and his music.

Indievisionmusic.com did an interview with Ivoryline before the holidays, they were even nice enough to share it with all of us.

Friction Family‘s new video for their song “When She’s Near” debuted over the holidays.

Punk band Fight Before Surrender (FBS) gave an interview on hxcchristian.com.

The Crucified have reunited. OLD SKOOL 4 NEW EARS!!

Sara Reeves gave a huge update on her myspace.

Joy Electric followed suit and also gave a huge update on their myspace (must be a good place to announce stuff).

In Fear And Faith give up a whole bunch of details concerning upcoming album, Your World On Fire.

Underoath posted a home video of their recent tour to South America.

Mae talks about their new song up for free download, all the other stuff that they are up to. News and downloads from Mae.

….and thats it. The news will most likely be a bit more numerous next week, along with some more releases. Have a great week, and let us know if we missed anything.

Stuff From All Over

So this our weekly effort to keep everyone up to date on what is going on in the Christian music world.  To be honest, it was a slow week, as I believe many of the artists are winding down for the holidays.  There isn’t much in the way of releases this week either, hence the lack of a posts in that area.  Just wait though, because as soon as the new year hits, it looks like there are going to be a ton of albums and tours to talk about. Anyway, here is what is going on this week.

Revive updated fans on the schedule for the band over the next few months.

Jonathan Jones finishes his solo record.

Since October gave a long overdue update on the near happenings for the group.

Switchfoot talk about a few things such as free music, holiday gift packs, tours on their myspace.

Addison Road‘s equipment that was stolen a few weeks ago has been recovered!

KJ-52‘s latest video devotional, Let The Past Go, hit the web this week.

Holland did an interview over at the Metal Resource ‘Zone.

Natalie Grant was one of the most played female artists on AC Christian Radio this year; a statement concerning the achievement was made this week on her myspace.

Before Their Eyes talk about a lot of new stuff this week.

Bombwork Records announced the signing of Usynlig Tumult, Bloodline Severed, Dagon, Disaffection, In Grief, A Hill To Die Upon,Deus Invictus, Monotheist,  and Penny For An Old Guy this week.

August Burns Red announced that they will be contributing their version of Britney Spears “Hit Me Baby One More Time” for the upcoming Fearless Records compilation Punk Goes Pop 2.

Prog-metal band Hands signed to Facedown Records this week and talked all about it on their myspace.

Newreleasetuesday.com posted their top 10 albums of the year. Kevin Davis’s appeared earlier this week, and Kevin McNeese’s was posted a few days ago.

Facedown Record‘s founder Jason posted an end of the year update for the label and himself this week.

blessthefall‘s new video for the song “To Hell and Back” premiered on Hurley.com today.

Phanatik talks about a new youth study, The Urban Remix Project, that he helped create on his blog this week.

Kyle from the band Stryper sent a message to his fans asking for prayer in relation to his battle with cancer.

Ambassador‘s new video for the song “Gimme Dat!” made its way online this week.

Impending Doom put a video update up concerning the recording of their new album,…..kinda.