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New Tunes at 9 Roundup

phil : January 12, 2012 9:23 pm : music, Radio Friend Phil, Staff Pages

This week on New Tunes at 9, we continued to spotlight some of the most significant new and forthcoming releases, including Kutless’ new disc, “Believer,” and the final project from David Crowder Band, “Give Us Rest: A Requiem Mass in C, (the Happiest of all the Keys.”) David Crowder Band, from Waco, Texas, is one of the few bands in Christian music history that truly forged new territory by fusing seemingly disparate genres and styles of music together. The band’s exhilarating live performances featured David Crowder playing everything from guitar to theremin; from keytar to banjo—from worship settings to rock ‘n’ roll spectacles—any instrument was fair game in the studio or on the stage.  For more on David Crowder, go to http://www.davidcrowderband.com/

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phil@wjtl.com

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New Tunes at 9 Roundup: Adam Cappa

phil : January 6, 2012 7:00 pm : music, Radio Friend Phil, Staff Pages

Radio Friend Phil – 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 on New Tunes at 9 we continued our look at some of the best projects released in 2011, including a new singer/songwriter from Indiana named Adam Cappa. In 2011, Adam Cappa released his debut EP, “The Rescue,” and he’s preparing to release a full-length project, produced by Jeremy Camp, on March 13th. I spoke to Adam Cappa recently on New Tunes at 9 about being the son of a sheriff, writing and recording together with Jeremy Camp and about his heart for worship; performing and ministering at various teen camps. For more on Adam Cappa, and to listen to songs off his forthcoming project, “The Rescue,” go to http://adamcappa.com/

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The Top 10 Songs of 2011!

phil : January 2, 2012 6:39 pm : music, Radio Friend Phil, Staff Pages

Radio Friend Phil – Thanks for listening to the WJTL Top 100 Countdown! Here’s a list of the top 10 songs of 2011:

(1) Third Day-Children of God. (2) Needtobreathe-Slumber. (3) Mandisa-Stronger. (4) Chris Tomlin-I Lift My Hands. (5) Laura Story-Blessings. (6) Third Day-Trust In Jesus. (7) Aaron Shust-My Hope Is In You. (8) Peter Furler-Reach. (9) Jeremy Camp-The Way. (10) Casting Crowns-Courageous.

Happy New Year!
Radio Friend Phil

phil@wjtl.com

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Take The New RadioTraks Music Survey

phil : December 30, 2011 10:54 pm : music, Radio Friend Phil, Staff Pages

Radio Friend Phil – Greetings! The latest WJTL RadioTraks Music Survey is up at wjtl.com. Please click on the link http://wjtl.com/musics/radiotraks/ to rate the 21 songs and qualify to win, among other prizes,  a copy of Casting Crowns’ new project, “Come To The Well.”

Happy New Year,

Radio Friend Phil

phil@wjtl.com

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New Tunes at 9 Roundup

phil : December 29, 2011 7:33 pm : music, Radio Friend Phil, Staff Pages

Radio Friend Phil – 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 on New Tunes at 9 we featured the best of 2011 (including Listeners’ Choice and Christmas songs). 2011 was a strong year for Christmas projects, including the latest from Smalltown Poets, “Smalltown Poets Christmas.” Last week on New Tunes at 9 I spoke with some of the members of Smalltown Poets after a concert in Georgia. They all spoke candidly about the band’s longevity and the process of choosing carols for the Christmas project. Click here http://www.facebook.com/smalltownpoets or here http://smalltownpoetschristmas.com/?tag=christmas to preview all the songs.  (You can also watch videos of the band recording the Christmas songs live in the studio.)

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New Tunes at 9 Roundup

phil : December 22, 2011 7:15 pm : music, Radio Friend Phil, Staff Pages

Radio Friend Phil – New Tunes at 9, one-hour of new and emerging music, weeknights at 9 p.m. on WJTL.  Some of the new Christmas projects we featured this week on New Tunes: The “Hawk Nelson Christmas EP,” “The WOW Christmas” compilation and Jamie Grace’s new EP, “Christmas Together.” Jamie Grace was one of biggest names to emerge from the Christian music scene in 2011. Jamie, who is signed to TobyMac’s Gotee label, released 3 separate projects this year: The “Hold Me” EP in February, the full-length project “One Song At A Time” in September and the “Christmas Together” EP in November. At age 11, Jamie was diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome, an illness that she now speaks about openly at concerts, including her Creation Festival debut this past summer. And when she’s not touring, Jamie studies children’s ministry at Point State University, near Atlanta. Jamie Grace holds 2 distinctions this year with WJTL listeners: First, her hit song “Hold Me (featuring TobyMac)” was the top requested new song of 2011 and “Christmas Together” is the most requested new Christmas song of 2011.  Check out http://www.jamiegrace.com/ for free music, videos and more.

Merry Christmas,

Radio Friend Phil

phil@wjtl.com

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New Tunes at 9 Roundup

phil : December 14, 2011 7:07 pm : music, Radio Friend Phil

Radio Friend Phil – New Tunes at 9 airs weeknights, 9-10 p.m. on WJTL. Some of the new Christmas projects we featured this week on New Tunes at 9: “Christmas in Diverse City” by TobyMac and “The Heart of Christmas,” by Matthew West. You may recall that last year, Matthew West released a very tender song called, “One Last Christmas,” a song whose story was based around the Locke family in Illinois, whose son, Dax, was suffering from a rare form of Leukemia. Dax’s favorite holiday was Christmas, so his parents decided to put up all their Christmas decorations early. Soon after, the neighbors and eventually the entire town did the same thing to honor Dax’s final Christmas. If you go to http://www.matthewwest.com/, you’ll find more details on this touching story. Also at matthewwest.com, you can view the trailer for the movie “The Heart of Christmas,” read Matthew’s blog, and learn about the book, “The Story Of Your Life (Inspiring Stories Of God At Work In People Just Like You).” The book is a companion to the record of the same name; both projects feature stories of faith, courage and struggle, as submitted by his fans worldwide. And before I forget, don’t miss the ‘Come To The Well’ tour, with Casting Crowns and Matthew West, in Hershey, on Friday, March 30. Tickets at 717-459-7301 or CMILive.com.

Radio Friend Phil

phil@wjtl.com

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Adam Cappa on New Tunes at 9

phil : December 14, 2011 6:12 pm : music, Radio Friend Phil

Radio Friend Phil – Wednesday night’s guest on New Tunes at 9 was new BEC Recordings’ artist Adam Cappa. Adam’s new project, “The Rescue,” was produced by Jeremy Camp. Click here http://adamcappa.com/ for more details on the music of Adam Cappa!

Merry Christmas!

Radio Friend Phil

phil@wjtl.com

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New Tunes at 9 Roundup

phil : December 8, 2011 7:52 pm : music, Radio Friend Phil

Radio Friend Phil – New Tunes at 9, one-hour of new and emerging music, weeknights at 9 p.m. on WJTL.  Some of the new and recent projects we featured this week on New Tunes at 9: “It’s A Shamrock Christmas Vol. 2,” the “WOW Christmas” compilation, and “The Mission Field,” from Blessid Union of Souls. Blessid Union of Souls is led by singer/songwriter/vocalist Eliot Sloan. Eliot grew up in suburban Cincinnati, Ohio, where his parents exposed him to a wide range of music–especially rock, pop and soul. Eliot says, “You can never get too close to God, and throughout all of these songs (on “The Mission Field”), I’m always going in that direction.” Eliot was my guest on New Tunes at 9 and spoke with great affection about his mother, going to church as a young boy and absorbing all of his musical influences. For more on Blessid Union of Souls, and to sample tracks off the project “The Mission Field,” go to blessidunionofsouls.net.

Radio Friend Phil

phil@wjtl.com

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New Tunes at 9 Roundup

phil : December 1, 2011 8:04 pm : music, Radio Friend Phil

Radio Friend Phil - New Tunes at 9: one-hour of new and emerging music, weeknights at 9 p.m. on WJTL.  Some of the new projects we featured this week on New Tunes at 9 were Hillsong, “Born Is The King” EP, The “Positively Christmas” compilation and  “One Silent Night-an FFH Christmas.” FFH is the Lancaster County-based vocal-pop group that first began as an a cappella group called Four For Harmony.  Fronted by the husband and wife team of Jeromy and Jennifer Deibler, the group scored an independent hit in 1998 on WJTL called “Big Fish,” then, subsequently released several projects on major labels. Fast forward to 2007: a pivotal and challenging year as FFH release “Worship in the Waiting,” Jeromy and Jennifer take a mission’s trip to Africa and then made the announcement to their fans that Jeromy had been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis.     Now, in 2011, comes the release of the fine new project, “One Silent Night-an FFH Christmas.” You can go to http://ffh.net/ to sample tracks off the project, view videos, read their blogs and more.

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