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NEW TUNES AT 9 ROUNDUP: GROUP 1 CREW

phil : September 20, 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.   New projects available this week: “Resuscitate,” by Remedy Drive, “Woven,” by Esterlyn, and “Fearless,” by Group 1 Crew. And before I go any further, I would be remiss if I did not make this special announcement: Group 1 Crew is part of the ‘Hits Deep’ tour, coming to the Giant Center, in Hershey, on Sunday, December 9! Check out this lineup: TobyMac, Brandon Heath, Mandisa, Chris August, Britt Nicole, Jamie Grace, and the aforementioned Group 1 Crew. Tickets are on sale now at 717-459-3701 or http://cmilive.com/ As for Group 1 Crew, they are comprised of Manwell Reyes and Blanca Callahan, both of whom wrote or co-wrote all 13 tracks on their new project, “Fearless.” During the writing and recording of the project, they were faced with both artistic and personal challenges, including: evolving from a trio to a duo, the death of Blanca’s father, and balancing newlywed life with a heavy touring schedule. Group 1 Crew have earned 5 Dove Awards and they also scored a surprise hit last year with “He Said”  featuring Chris August, off their previous project, “Outta Space Love-Bigger Love Edition.”For more on Group 1 Crew, go to http://www.group1crew.com/ to find music downloads, videos, facebook page and more.

phil@wjtl.com

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NEW TUNES AT 9 ROUNDUP: THE SING TEAM!

phil : September 12, 2012 7:15 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.  This week for the roundup, I recommend something a little bit different; something new and exciting by a 13-member group of family and friends called the Sing Team! It was WJTL’s Kristi Leigh, host of the praise and worship show, Sunday mornings on WJTL, who excitedly said to me one day, “Phil, have you heard about a group called “The Sing Team?” I responded by simply saying, “No, I have not.” Well, as it turns out, The Sing Team is an extension of the group’s ministry at Mars Hill Church Ballard, Seattle. The ensemble currently leads worship at Mars Hill, and Brian Eichelberger, one of the primary songwriters at Mars Hill, serves as lead singer. The music of The Sing Team can only be described as joyous, uplifting and celebratory; their songs are filled with hand-clapping, foot-stomping, and beautiful harmonies. The group themselves actually state that they are equally influenced by the Detroit/Motown sound as they are by Jim Henson’s Muppets. For more on The Sing Team! go to http://marshill.bandcamp.com/album/oh-great-is-our-god; you’ll find the Mars Hill blog, meet the Sing Team and listen to music off the band’s latest, 5-song EP, “Oh! Great Is Our God!” Finally, congratulations to TobyMac, who becomes just the third Christian artist to have a new project (“Eye On It”) debut at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200!  The last Christian artist on the WJTL playlist to bow at No. 1 was Bob Carlisle; his 1996 project, “Shades of Grace,” propelled by his smash hit “Butterfly Kisses,” entered at the top of the Billboard chart back in June of 1997! http://tobymac.com/ TobyMac is coming to town for a concert at the Giant Center in Hershey, on Sunday, December 9. Click here http://cmilive.com/  for the complete list of upcoming shows.

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Recommended Video Viewing: The City Harmonic-Mountaintop

phil : September 11, 2012 9:35 pm : music, Radio Friend Phil, Staff Pages

Radio Friend Phil – Check out the City Harmonic’s new video for “Mountaintop.” Uniquely filmed in one continuous take on location near their hometown of Hamilton, ON. Canada, “Mountaintop” also incorporates videos sent to them by fans and artists from all around the world, including clips from Michael Tait (Newsboys), and Aaron  Gillespie. (All 3 artists are coming to town, too. Click here http://thecityharmonic.com/ for the video, and here http://cmilive.com/ for details on all of the upcoming concerts!) Happy viewing!

phil@wjtl.com

 

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New Tunes at 9 Roundup: The Museum

phil : September 6, 2012 5:57 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 included outstanding new releases from Luminate, Owl City, Tenth Avenue North, Andrew Peterson and TobyMac, among others. You’ll find links to the aforementioned artists at wjtl.com: click staff blogs, and click Radio Friend Phil-New Release Tuesday Equals Excellent New Music. Also available now is a fine new project by the Museum, “My Only Rescue.” The Museum is a Georgia-based band led by singer/songwriter Ben Richter. Ben was a recent guest on New Tunes at 9 and talked about the new project, the band’s partnership with the ‘Not For Sale’ campaign (the fight to end human trafficking), and his maturation as a songwriter. For more on the Museum, go to themuseummusic.com. You’ll find the band’s facebook page, iTunes store and Ben Richter’s must-read blog for aspiring young worship leaders. His five major points are: (1) Always be faithful in little things. (2) Pride is the crutch of the insecure. (3) Take the mirror out of the green room. (4) Put down the music stands and lyric monitors. (5) Know your role. You can read Ben’s complete blog entry at http://themuseummusic.com/

phil@wjtl.com

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Rate The Music! Take The New RadioTraks Survey.

phil : September 5, 2012 6:02 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 “Live Like That,” by Sidewalk Prophets.  http://wjtl.com/musics/radiotraks/

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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.

phil@wjtl.com

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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

phil@wjtl.com

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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/

phil@wjtl.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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