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2012 Billboard Music Award Winners: Casting Crowns and Laura Story

phil : May 21, 2012 6:49 pm : music, Radio Friend Phil, Staff Pages

Radio Friend Phil – LAURA STORY and CASTING CROWNS took home the Christian awards in last night’s 2012 BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS.STORY’s song “Blessings” won Top Christian Song.  “Many thanks to the fans that continue to request this song, talk about  it on FACEBOOK and TWITTER, and buy it,” said STORY.  “We are awed by how God continues to use this little  song to minister to so many.” CASTING CROWNS received Top Christian Artist and Top Christian Album for COME TO THE WELL.  “What we do is inspired by our faith in Jesus, our home churches and the incredible people we get to interact with on the road.  We feel honored  that our music would be recognized in this way,” said CASTING CROWNS lead singer MARK HALL.

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New Tunes at 9 Roundup: The Choir

phil : May 17, 2012 7:51 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: “Dubbed and Freq’d-A Remix Project,” by TobyMac, “Love Come To Life,” from Big Daddy Weave, and available this week: “The Loudest Sound Ever Heard,” from The Choir. “The Loudest Sound Ever Heard” is another sonic masterpiece! The project is full of lyrical poetry, mystery, an impeccable sense of time and space, and the Choir’s heavenly (sometimes haunting) “musical soundscapes.” These “musical soundscapes,” or “sheets of sound” are the creation of singer/guitarist Derri Daugherty, lyricist/percussionist Steve Hindalong, and Dan Michael’s, a gifted musician who plays the lyricon, a musical instrument, which he calls a “wind-controlled midi-saxophone.” For more on the dreamy, compelling sound of the Choir, go to http://www.thechoir.net/ You can preview songs off the new project, “The Loudest Sound Ever Heard,” review special music packages available for purchase, watch videos and sign up for band updates.

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New Tunes at 9 Roundup: Point of Grace

phil : May 10, 2012 9:18 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 End Is Where We Begin,” by Thousand Foot Krutch, “Clear The Stage,” by Jimmy Needham,“ and “A Thousand Little Things” from Point of Grace (released last week). “A Thousand Little Things” by Point of Grace is the latest in a long line of projects from the successful vocal group. Initially recording as a quartet, Point of Grace released their self-titled debut in 1993; the project contained the song “I’ll Be Believing,” the first of over 20 consecutive number one Christian radio hits. For more on Point of Grace, go to http://www.pointofgrace.net/, where, between now and May 20, you can receive free shipping on any order placed in their online store. You’ll also find the Point of Grace iTunes store and details on the group’s ‘Graceful Living’ radio show. Point of Grace stopped by the Junction Center in February for a Q&A session with a live studio audience, talked about their new project, “A Thousand Little Things,” and ended  with an outstanding a cappella version of Irving Berlin’s “God Bless America,” written by Berlin while serving in the US Army, and revised by him in 1938. Special thanks to Shelley Breen, Denise Jones at Leigh Cappillino for stopping by the Junction Center!

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Take The New RadioTraks Music Survey

phil : May 4, 2012 6:00 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 “Believer,” the latest project from Kutless (courtesy of BEC Recordings)!  http://wjtl.com/musics/radiotraks/

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New Tunes at 9 Roundup: Chuck Gibson

phil : May 3, 2012 7:32 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: “A Thousand Little Things” from Point of Grace, “Love Come To Life” by Big Daddy Weave. Singer/songwriter/worship leader Chuck Gibson stopped by the Junction Center this week. Click here http://wjtl.com/listen/wjtl-casts/ and scroll down to “Chuck Gibson live in the studio.” Chuck Gibson was born in Niagara Falls, New York, and currently resides with his family in Lancaster County. He is the worship director at Community Fellowship Church, overseeing music, programming and the creative arts. Chuck Gibson appeared at the Lancaster County National Day of Prayer Youth Edition this week, and he’ll also be performing a pregame concert this Sunday afternoon, part of the WJTL Faith and Family Night Series at Clipper Magazine Stadium. Gates open up at 4:45 p.m. this Sunday afternoon and the first pitch between the Lancaster Barnstormers and Sugarland Skeeters is at 6 p.m. More details here http://wjtl.com/pages/wjtl-at-the-ballpark/ To connect with Chuck Gibson, go to http://chuckgibsonmusic.com/

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New Tunes at 9 Roundup: TobyMac-Dubbed and Freq’d (A Remix Project)

phil : April 26, 2012 8:47 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: Steven Curtis Chapman, “No. 1’s Vol.1,” the compilation “Passion: White Flag,” and Toby Mac, “Dubbed and Freq’d: A Remix Project.” “Dubbed and Freq’d” is another magnificent remix project from TobyMac, and the latest in a long line of projects that delightfully blur musical boundaries. Toby, whose real name is Toby McKeehan, rose to prominence as one-third of the seminal group, DC Talk. Toby’s singular vision is creating art that expresses his love for Christ. He says, “I’ve been doing this for a while; as long as you are still discovering new things, creating new things and climbing new mountains, it will always be fresh.” “Dubbed and Freq’d: A Remix Project” is another musical stew effortlessly combining elements of rock, funk, soul, Latin, reggae, pop and gospel. And as always, executed flawlessly by the members of the Diverse City Band. You can connect with TobyMac at http://www.tobymac.com/: you’ll find links to facebook, twitter and youtube. (TobyMac is currently working on a new project, set to release August 28th.)

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Hawk Nelson Announces New Lead Singer

phil : April 26, 2012 7:16 pm : music, Radio Friend Phil, Staff Pages

Radio Friend Phil – TOOTH & NAIL RECORDS band HAWK NELSON announced that guitarist JON STEINGARD will take over as the band’s new lead singer.  STEINGARD has been with the band for the past eight years. “I am blessed to announce that HAWK NELSON will be fronted by none other than the talented Mr. JONATHAN A. STEINGARD,” said band co-founder and bassist DANIEL BIRO.  “The chemistry we share as a band cannot be fabricated.  In other words, we know we have something special here.  We’re very excited to be working on a bunch of new songs for everybody.  It’s a new day, and we want to make the most of it.” “Moving forward, I couldn’t be more excited to step into the role of lead singer,” said STEINGARD on his new role. The band is currently writing new music and preparing to introduce the new line-up to fans. Former frontman JASON DUNN announced his departure from HAWK NELSON earlier this year to pursue his solo project LIGHTS GO DOWN.

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New Tunes at 9 Roundup: Passion-White Flag

phil : April 18, 2012 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.  New projects available now: “The End Is Where We Begin,” by Thousand Foot Krutch, “Love Come To Life,” from Big Daddy Weave and Christy Nockels, “Into The Glorious.” Also playing this week on New Tune s at 9: the new compilation project,  “Passion: White Flag.” “Passion: White Flag” debuted recently at No. 5 on the Billboard 200, proving the point that praise and worship music continues to have widespread, listener appeal. The mission of Passion is to, “Glorify God. Uniting students in worship and prayer for spiritual awakening in this generation.” This spectacular live project includes songs from Chris Tomlin, David Crowder and Matt Redman, among others. The music of “Passion: White Flag” was recorded live before 42,000 university students, in Atlanta, Ga. You can connect with Passion at http://www.268generation.com/3.0/

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Take The New RadioTraks Music Survey

phil : April 18, 2012 5:41 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, among others,  a copy of “Believer,” from Kutless. http://wjtl.com/musics/radiotraks/

Radio Friend Phil

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New Tunes at 9 Roundup: Sidewalk Prophets

phil : April 12, 2012 6:45 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.   Among the new projects available this week, a band called Fike released their disc, “The Moment We’ve Been Waiting For.” Also playing this week on New Tune s at 9: the new project from Sidewalk Prophets, “Live Like That. “Live Like That” is the follow up to the band’s 2009 debut, “These Simple Truths,” and continues to showcase the songwriting and singing ability of Dave Frey, who says, “It’s not always easy for any of us to do what God has called us to do, to go make disciples of the world.” Dave Frey has an incredibly soulful voice, and when I asked him to talk about his musical influences–much to my surprise–he mentioned what he calls “the 3 m’s”: Michael Jackson, Mariah Carey and Mickey Mouse. You can connect with Sidewalk Prophets at http://www.sidewalkprophets.com/; you’ll find links to the band’s facebook page, twitter, you-tube videos, Sidewalk Cinema and more.

Radio Friend Phil

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