Radio Friend Phil
Radio Friend Phil – On the 20th anniversary of its debut album, PRAY FOR RAIN (PFR) has announced a reunion tour. The “12 IN 2012…AND BEYOND” tour will be the band’s first national tour since 1997. The tour will hit PORTLAND, OR, KANSAS CITY, NASHVILLE, INDIANAPOLIS, CHICAGO, ATLANTA, TUCSON, PHOENIX and FLAGSTAFF.
PFR will partner with CHILDFUND INTERNATIONAL, an organization that offers sponsorships for special needs children around the world. The band chose to work with CHILDFUND, in part, because the bass player/vocalist PATRICK ANDREW is the father of two special needs children.
A fundraising concert for ANDREW’s son in NOVEMBER 2011 was the catalyst for putting the tour together. “We thought we’d play the numbers game — 2012. Twenty years since our first record, 12 shows,” said lead vocals/guitarist JOEL HANSON, “but then we realized — and we are happy to say — that there seems to be interest out there, so we decided that we are going to keep going — 12 in 2012 and beyond — as long as the requests keep coming in.”
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: “Shooting Star” by Owl City, “The Loudest Sound Ever Heard” from the Choir, “The Hurt and The Healer,” by MercyMe,” “Live Like That,” by Sidewalk Prophets and “A Thousand Little Things,” by Point of Grace. Point of Grace appeared this year at the Junction Center, as did the duo of Brad and Rebekah, who have a project available now, “The Things Of God.” Brad and Rebekah are husband and wife worship leaders and will be performing tomorrow at The Day. The Day is a free community praise and prayer event, in New Holland, PA. The Day will also feature SisterBrother, Christopher Wright, Steve Bridgeman, Brothers McClurg, the Kids’ Zone with Jim Rule, and speaker Evelyn Klinger. For more, go to http://www.thedayofworship.com/. Brad and Rebekah state, “Our heart is to see worship that is more than a song filled with moving lyrics and underlined with great music, but that our lives would reflect the love of God through a life of worship.” For more on Brad and Rebekah, go to http://www.bradandrebekahmusic.com/brad_and_rebekah/Home.html You can connect with them on facebook and twitter, watch the group’s you-tube page, iTunes store and free song downloads.
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 Loudest Sound Ever Heard,” from The Choir, “III,” by Family Force Five,” and new this week, “The Hurt and The Healer,” by MercyMe. “The Hurt And The Healer” is the follow up release to MercyMe’s 2010 project, “The Generous Mr. Lovewell,” a record that debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard Top 200. It was also in 2010 that MercyMe’s signature song, “I Can Only Imagine” surpassed 1 million digital downloads, making it the first song in Christian music to go platinum in the digital domain. (You can find “I Can Only Imagine” off MercyMe’s 2001 INO Records’ release, “Almost There.”) Led by vocalist Bart Millard, MercyMe is now regarded as one of the most successful worship-rock band’s in Christian-music history. For more on MercyMe, go to http://mercyme.org/#!/ss:facebook You’ll find the band’s facebook and twitter links, youtube page and MercyMe store where you can order music and dvd’s.
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.
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.
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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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/
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.)
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.