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New Tunes at 9 Roundup: Chris August

phil : August 30, 2012 6:36 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 month of August includes outstanding new releases from The Museum, Luminate, Owl City, Tenth Avenue North, Andrew Peterson and TobyMac, among others. Also available now: “The Upside Of Down,” from Chris August. Texas singer/songwriter Chris August released several independent projects before signing to Word Records and releasing his breakthrough disc, “No Far Away,” in 2010. Subsequently, propelled by his radio hit, “Starry Night,” Chris August was nominated for five GMA Dove Award nominations, three of which he won; he was named 2011 New Artist of the year, 2011 Male Vocalist of the Year, and he also won for the 2011 Pop/Contemporary Recorded Song of the Year– the aforementioned “Starry Night.” For more on Chris August, go to http://www.chrisaugustmusic.com/; you’ll find videos, iTunes music store, facebook page and more.

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New Release Tuesday Equals Excellent New Music!

phil : August 28, 2012 8:41 pm : music, Radio Friend Phil, Staff Pages

Radio Friend Phil – August has been a tremendous month for new music! New releases have already come our way from Chris August (“The Upside of Down”) http://www.chrisaugustmusic.com/, Tenth Avenue North (“The Struggle”) http://tenthavenuenorth.com/, and Owl City (“The Midsummer Station”) http://owlcitymusic.com/.  Here are a few of the key projects releasing this week: Toby Mac (“Eye On It”) http://www.tobymac.com/, Luminate (“Welcome To Daylight”) http://www.luminatemusic.com/, Phil King (self-titled), Andrew Peterson (“Light For The Lost Boy”) http://www.andrew-peterson.com/, and The Museum (“My Only Rescue”) http://themuseummusic.com/.

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New Tunes at 9 Roundup: Tenth Avenue North

phil : August 23, 2012 6:10 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 month of August includes outstanding new releases from, among others, Luminate, Sixpence None The Richer, Owl City, Israel And New Breed, Andrew Peterson and TobyMac. Available this week: “The Upside Of Down,” from Chris August and “The Struggle,” from Tenth Avenue North. Back in 2008, Tenth Avenue North released their first major label project, “Over and Underneath,” a disc that quickly established the band as a major force in Contemporary Christian Music. They were named the 2009 New Artist Of The Year, released their next album, “The Light Meets The Dark in 2010, and now, this week, present their strongest album to date, “The Struggle.” Tenth Avenue North took their name from a major east-west road in Palm Beach County, Florida. The group was assembled by singer/guitarist Mike Donehey while attending Palm Beach Atlantic University.  For more on Tenth Avenue North, go http://tenthavenuenorth.com/home

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New Tunes at 9 Roundup: Owl City

phil : August 16, 2012 6:27 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 month of August includes outstanding new releases from, among others, Luminate, Chris August, Tenth Avenue North, Andrew Peterson, and TobyMac. Available this week is “Jesus At The Center” from Israel And New Breed and “The Midsummer Station,” the fourth project from Owl City. Owl City, whose real name is Adam Young, is a Minnesota-based singer, songwriter, keyboardist and self-proclaimed insomniac. His synth-pop hits include the 2009 smash “Fireflies”  (from his “Ocean Eyes” project), “Galaxies” (off his 2011 project “All Things Bright And Beautiful”), and “Good Time,” available on the four-song “Shooting Star,” released earlier this year. Adam Young says that the “Shooting Star” EP was “an accurate snapshot of what the new record is all about.” The new project contains 11 tracks with a number of guest vocalists. You can preview new music at owlcitymusic.com. You’ll also find an interview with Owl City and Matt Thiessen of Relient K., and much more. Owl City is also scheduled to appear on the NBC Today show, next Thursday morning, August 23. For more on Owl City, go to http://owlcitymusic.com/

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Rate The Music! Take The New RadioTraks Survey

phil : August 13, 2012 6:01 pm : music, Radio Friend Phil, Staff Pages

Radio Friend Phil – Greetings! Please take the new WJTL RadioTraks Music Survey! Everyone who rates the music qualifies to win free music from WJTL, including “The Hurt and The Healer,” by MercyMe (courtesy of Fair Trade Services).  http://wjtl.com/musics/radiotraks/

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New Tunes at 9 Roundup: Andrew Peterson

phil : August 9, 2012 6:17 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 month of August includes outstanding new releases from, among others, Sixpence None The Richer, Chris August, Tenth Avenue North, TobyMac and Andrew Peterson, whose new project, “Light For The Lost Boy,” will release on August 28. “Light For The Lost Boy” is the follow-up to his 2010 project, “Counting Stars,” which included the song, “Dancing In The Minefields.” Andrew Peterson is a singer/songwriter, musician, author, and founding member of the Square Peg Alliance, a group of Christian songwriters. Over the years, Andrew’s hits (and near hits) have included “Nothing To Say” and the WJTL Kid’s Cookie Break favorite, “Tractor, Tractor.”  Andrew has been releasing records since 1996, and releasing books since 2007. He published “The Ballad of Matthew’s Begats” with illustrator Cory Godbrey; it is a children’s book based on the song of the same name from his annual Christmas show, “Behold the Lamb of God: The True Tale Of The Coming Of Christ.” By the way, if you go to http://www.andrew-peterson.com/, you can make a video for the song you’re about to hear, “Rest Easy.” You can watch a video from Andrew Peterson explaining the contest, and if you win, your video will be the official, nationally promoted video for the song. The deadline for video submissions is this Monday, August 13.

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New Tunes at 9 Roundup: The Neverclaim

phil : August 2, 2012 6:49 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.  New projects available now: The Choir, “The Loudest Sound Ever Heard,” “The Heartbeat,” from Bellarive, and “Revival,” by the Neverclaim. The Neverclaim is a new band that I highly recommend that you check out!  They are a Portland, Oregon-based band that began five years ago by lead singer and guitarist Jeremiah Carlson. Carlson was seeking an outlet for the worship songs he had been writing as the youth pastor at Vancouver Vineyard; he has been serving as Northwest Youth Task Force leader for the Vineyard Movement. He assembled a band and began touring around the Northwest, opening for Kutless and Third Day, among others. Jeremiah Carlson says, “I’ve always looked up to the Vineyard Music team because of the influence they have on worship music within the Church body. We’ve developed an eclectic musical style that seems to separate us from any other worship circles we’d experienced.”  For more on The Neverclaim, and to preview their music, go to http://www.theneverclaim.com/

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New Tunes at 9 Roundup: Mark Schultz

phil : July 26, 2012 7:37 pm : music, Radio Friend Phil, Staff Pages

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 Mark Schultz’s new project, “All Things Possible,” releases September 4. Mark stopped by the Junction Center this week for a live mini-concert. Mark was warm, enthusiastic and entertaining as he performed some of his biggest hits and enduring songs for WJTL listeners. To date, those songs have included, among others, “You Are A Child of Mine,” “I Am The Way” and “He’s My Son.” Mark Schultz is a native of Colby, Kansas, heavily influenced by singer-songwriter Billy Joel. Like Billy Joel, Mark Schultz is an extremely gifted piano player and songwriter. Not only is Mark a talented musician, he’s also a strong cyclist. In 2007, Schultz began bicycling from California to Maine planning to stop along the way to perform concerts and participate in special events. Official Mark Across America Website.  His “Mark Across America”  tour ended on July 8, 2007 in Bangor, Maine.  According to Mark Schultz, his inspiration to make this 3,500-mile trek came from a visit he and his wife Kate made to orphanages in Mexico. The purpose of the trip was to meet the needs of orphans and widows in distress.  For more on Mark Schultz, go http://markschultzmusic.com/?continue=1 You’ll find details on the “Letters From War” hardcover book (inspired by Mark’s original hit song of the same name), and much more.

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Take The New RadioTraks Music Survey

phil : July 25, 2012 9:13 pm : music, Radio Friend Phil, Staff Pages

Radio Friend Phil – Greetings! Please take the new RadioTraks Music Survey! Everyone who rates the songs qualifies to win free music from WJTL, including “The Hurt and The Healer,” by MercyMe (courtesy of Fair Trade Services).  http://wjtl.com/musics/radiotraks/

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New Tunes at 9 Roundup: Rhett Walker Band

phil : July 19, 2012 7:48 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.   WJTL has played some excellent Southern-rock bands throughout the years including Needtobreathe, Decemberadio and Samestate, among others.  This week’s roundup artist is Rhett Walker Band from Nashville, Tennessee. Led by Rhett Walker Canipe, a young outspoken musician, Rhett is the son of a southern preacher who says, “We moved away from my hometown when I was 16, and I didn’t like that. I just went nuts, doing whatever I wanted to do in the moment. I mixed with the wrong crowd, got into fights and drugs, and expelled from school. I was sent to a Christian school, the only one that would take me, met a girl, and it wasn’t long after that we found out she was pregnant. That was the stop in the path for me.” From there, Rhett and his girlfriend April decided to redirect their lives. He rededicated his life to God, and she accepted Christ for the very first time. As Rhett and April matured in faith, Rhett began leading worship at churches, decided to pursue music and songwriting, and move to Nashville. To read the complete story, go to http://rhettwalkerband.com/ You can sample music off the new project “Come to the River,” connect to the iTunes store, watch videos, and link to facebook and twitter.

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