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New Tunes at 9 Roundup: Rend Collective

phil : May 1, 2014 5:54 pm : music, Radio Friend Phil, Staff Pages

RADIO FRIEND PHIL – Greetings! It’s time for this week’s New Tunes at 9 Roundup. (New Tunes at 9, one-hour of new and emerging music, weeknights at 9 p.m. on WJTL.)

Rend Collective’s latest project is “The Art of Celebration.” The Irish band’s sound is celebratory, joyous, reverent and worshipful. Bandleader Gareth Gilkeson has stated, “This record is an attempt to reflect something of the irrepressible laughter in the heart of God.”

Gareth was a guest last week on New Tunes at 9; we spoke about the “The Art of Celebration,” his heart and vision for worship, and both the Irish and Scottish influence on their unique sound http://wjtl.com/listen/wjtl-casts/.

For more on Rend Collective, go to http://rendcollective.com/.

phil@wjtl.com

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New Tunes at 9 Roundup: MercyMe

phil : April 24, 2014 5:49 pm : music, Radio Friend Phil, Staff Pages

RADIO FRIEND PHIL – Greetings! It’s time for this week’s New Tunes at 9 Roundup. (New Tunes at 9, one-hour of new and emerging music, weeknights at 9 p.m. on WJTL.)

 

MercyMe has just released their 8th project, “Welcome to the New.”

“Welcome to the New” is the follow-up recording to “The Hurt and the Healer,” a record that debuted at No. 7 on the Billboard 200.

 

MercyMe, who hail from Texas, was formed in 1994 by singer/songwriter, Bart Millard. After quietly releasing six independent records, MercyMe achieved mainstream crossover success with “I Can Only Imagine,” a song written in memory of Bart’s father. On the strength of that song alone, the companion project, “Almost There,” went on to be certified double-platinum, selling over 2-million copies.

 

MercyMe’s new project is receiving strong fan support; one MercyMe fan posted: “Listen to it everyday on my way to and from work. It makes me smile, groove, and just feel strong in the spirit.” MercyMe, “Welcome to the New,” available now.

phil@wjtl.com

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New Tunes at 9 Roundup: Needtobreathe

phil : April 17, 2014 8:28 pm : music, Radio Friend Phil, Staff Pages

RADIO FRIEND PHIL – Greetings! It’s time for this week’s New Tunes at 9 Roundup. (New Tunes at 9, one-hour of new and emerging music, weeknights at 9 p.m. on WJTL.)

 

Needtobreathe release their new project this week: “Rivers in the Wasteland.”

 

Needtobreathe are a South Carolina-based Americana band, led by Bo Rinehart and his brother, Bear. The band’s unique sound mixes southern rock, southern soul, Gospel, country blues, and old-time. (Needtobreathe’s previous project, “The Reckoning,” debuted at No. 6 on the Billboard 200.)

 

For more on Needtobreathe, go to http://www.needtobreathe.com/riversinthewasteland

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New Tunes at 9 Roundup: Jessa Anderson

phil : April 9, 2014 8:28 pm : music, Radio Friend Phil, Staff Pages

RADIO FRIEND PHIL – Greetings! It’s time for this week’s New Tunes at 9 Roundup. (New Tunes at 9, one-hour of new and emerging music, weeknights at 9 p.m. on WJTL.)

Singer/songwriter Jessa Anderson releases her new project, “Whole,” this week. Jessa Anderson will be performing, Live from the Junction Center, this Sunday, April 13 at 7pm; more details at http://www.itickets.com/events/323045/Manheim_PA/Live_From_the_Junction_Center.html 

Over at Jessa’s facebook this week, a fan posted this statement: “These songs are a soothing balm to the spirit; beautiful melodies and thoughtful, inspired lyrics.”

The first single from “Whole” is a song called, “Idols.” Jessa was a guest this week on New Tunes at 9 and told me the story behind the song. http://wjtl.com/listen/wjtl-casts/

For more on Jessa Anderson, go to http://jessaanderson.com/

For the song “Idols,” Jessica writes, “All this time, addicted I, desperate for more and more. I chase the high, but every single time, I come down lower than before. These empty words are on repeat and I can see they’re killing me.”

Jessa’s new project, “Whole,” is available now.

phil@wjtl.com

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New Tunes at 9 Roundup: Brian Campbell

phil : April 3, 2014 6:05 pm : music, Radio Friend Phil, Staff Pages

RADIO FRIEND PHIL – Greetings! It’s time for this week’s New Tunes at 9 Roundup. (New Tunes at 9, one-hour of new and emerging music, weeknights at 9 p.m. on WJTL.)

Singer/songwriter and worship leader, Brain Campbell, was my guest this week on New Tunes at 9. Brain took some time to talk about his kickstarter campaign, running through this Monday, April 7; more details at braincampbellmusic.com. Brian Campbell will be releasing a trio of new EP’s this year: “The One Worth It All,” “The French EP,” and “Born Again.”

Brian is continuing his work with Guitars for Glory, an organization committed to providing guitars and instruments for musicians across the globe. (The goal is to raise enough funds to send over 100 guitars, and guitar cases, to those in need, annually.)

As Brian wraps up his kickstarter campaign this Monday afternoon https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/briancampbellmusic/3-eps-in-2014-the-one-worth-it-all-french-ep-born?ref=live, he’s on his way to Australia to lead worship and play songs off his new EP, “The One Worth It All.” Brain spoke about his connection to pastors, posting testimonies online, and his vision for the project. (Listen here: http://wjtl.com/listen/wjtl-casts/.)

For more on Brian Campbell, go to http://www.briancampbellmusic.com/

phil@wjtl.com

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New Tunes at 9 Roundup: Jonathan Thulin

phil : March 26, 2014 8:23 pm : music, Radio Friend Phil, Staff Pages

RADIO FRIEND PHIL – Greetings! It’s time for this week’s New Tunes at 9 Roundup. (New Tunes at 9, one-hour of new and emerging music, weeknights at 9 p.m. on WJTL.) Singer/songwriter Jonathan Thulin was a recent guest on New Tunes at 9. The Swedish born artist, who makes his home in Minneapolis, has released the project “The White Room,” on Dream Records. Jonathan Thulin began singing at an early age and began traveling around the world with his parents at age 11. (His parents, who were evangelists, toured with The Gaithers and Carman, among others.) Thulin, whose also recorded and written songs with the band, Press Play, continues to mature as a songwriter. “This album was different for me,” he says, “I didn’t strategically write songs as I usually would,” The first single off “The White Room” is a song called, “Architecture.” Jonathan writes, “You build me up like a city of gold. The battles rage but I’m standing tall. You formed my heart like an empire. The wind and rain can’t stop this fire.” (Jonathan spoke about the song on New Tunes at 9. http://wjtl.com/listen/wjtl-casts/) For more on Jonathan Thulin, go to http://www.dreamrecords.org/, or visit https://www.facebook.com/jonathanthulin. Thulin is spelled “T-h-u-l-i-n” and pronounced “too-lane.”

phil@wjtl.com

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New Tunes at 9 Roundup: Ellie Holcomb

phil : March 20, 2014 7:33 pm : music, Radio Friend Phil, Staff Pages

RADIO FRIEND PHIL – Greetings! It’s time for this week’s New Tunes at 9 Roundup. (New Tunes at 9, one-hour of new and emerging music, weeknights at 9 p.m. on WJTL.) Singer/songwriter Ellie Holcomb is coming to the Junction Center. She’ll be appearing next Friday morning, March 28, along with her father, acclaimed producer, Brown Bannister. (Bannister, whose credits include Amy Grant, Jeremy Camp, Third Day, and Steven Curtis Chapman, among others, is also the producer of Ellie’s new project, “As Sure As the Sun.”) Following a successful kickstarter campaign, Ellie released her project in February and has made “As Sure As the Sun” available on vinyl. (“As Sure As the Sun” is also available on iTunes.) Ellie Holcomb’s first radio single off “As Sure As the Sun” is “The Broken Beautiful.” The song has a playful melody and reads like a personal letter to Christ. She writes: “I know that I don’t bring a lot to the table; just little pieces of a broken heart. There’s days I wonder if you’ll still be faithful. Hold me together when I fall apart. Would you remind me now of who you are?” (Ellie spoke about the song on New Tunes at 9. http://wjtl.com/listen/wjtl-casts/) For more on Ellie Holcomb, go to http://www.ellieholcomb.com/ Again, Ellie will be appearing at the Junction Center, Friday morning, March 28; click http://www.thejunctioncenter.com/ for details. She’ll also be our guest, next Thursday night, March 27, on New Tunes at 9.

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New Tunes at 9 Roundup: Casting Crowns

phil : March 13, 2014 7:16 pm : music, Radio Friend Phil, Staff Pages

RADIO FRIEND PHIL – Greetings! It’s time for this week’s New Tunes at 9 Roundup. (New Tunes at 9, one-hour of new and emerging music, weeknights at 9 p.m. on WJTL.) The ‘Thrive’ tour featuring Casting Crowns, Laura Story, and For King and Country, is coming to the Giant Center, in Hershey, next week. (The show is on the first day of spring: Thursday, March 20; tickets on sale at 717-459-3701 or click http://www.thejunctioncenter.com/ at WJTL.com.)

In January, Casting Crowns released their seventh project, “Thrive,” which debuted on the Billboard 200 at No. 6.Mark Hall has stated that the songwriting for “Thrive” was influenced by his work as a youth pastor. He says, “The songs always start out with what we’re teaching, and for years I’ve been using Psalm 1 in showing students what a believer looks like.” Mark Hall recently spoke to Dave O’Connor from http://lancasteronline.com/search/?t=article&nsa=eedition&q=crossrock&s=start_time&sd=desc&x=0&y=0, and shared what we can expect at next week’s concert in Hershey. For more on Casting Crowns, go to https://www.castingcrowns.com/home

phil@wjtl.com

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New Tunes at 9 Roundup: Citizens

phil : March 6, 2014 5:44 pm : music, Radio Friend Phil, Staff Pages

RADIO FRIEND PHIL – New Tunes at 9 Roundup: Citizens. (New Tunes at 9, one-hour of new and emerging music, weeknights at 9 p.m. on WJTL.) Zach Bolen of Citizens was my guest this week on New Tunes at 9. Citizens, who released their self-titled debut in 2013, create alternative worship music for the Mars Hill label in Seattle. (Zach Bolen serves as a deacon, and leads Citizens, in the University District of Seattle.)

Citizens’ first single, “Made Alive,” was propelled a funky bass line, and features a big chorus with multi-layered voices. The second single, “Jesus!” includes the line, “God of resurrection, conqueror of death, ruler over everything. The Lord of lords and the King of kings.”  Zach Bolen spoke about the new song on New Tunes at 9 http://wjtl.com/listen/wjtl-casts/.

For more on Citizens, go to http://marshill.com/music/artists/citizens. Citizens’ music is available on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify and, for a limited time, on vinyl record.

phil@wjtl.com

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New Tunes at 9 Roundup: Danny Gokey (American Idol Finalist)

phil : February 26, 2014 8:28 pm : music, Radio Friend Phil, Staff Pages

RADIO FRIEND PHIL – Greetings! It’s time for this week’s New Tunes at 9 Roundup. (New Tunes at 9, one-hour of new and emerging music, weeknights at 9 p.m. on WJTL.) Singer, songwriter and American Idol Top 3 finalist, Danny Gokey, was my guest last week on New Tunes at 9. Danny Gokey, who leads worship at his home church in Milwaukee, discussed the process of qualifying for American Idol, the competitive challenges of the show, and the Sophia’s Heart Foundation. (The Sophia’s Heart Foundation was founded by Gokey, in memory of his first-wife Sophia who, due to complications related to surgery for congenital heart disease, died just weeks before he auditioned for American Idol.) Danny says, “I want to see my music career as a movement.” I asked Danny to explain his emotional reaction when told by the judges he would not advance on American Idol. (Listen to the conversation here http://wjtl.com/listen/wjtl-casts/) For more on Danny Gokey, go to http://www.dannygokey.com/ for facebook, videos and music, including his new single, the title-track to his second project, “Hope In Front of Me.”

phil@wjtl.com

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