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New Tunes at 9 Roundup: The Neverclaim

phil : November 21, 2013 6:03 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 Neverclaim released their new, self-titled project, on September 24. (Last year, the six-piece band released their independent project, “Revival,” a record that contained the band’s first single, “My Soul Longs.”) The Neverclaim was formed several years ago by singer, songwriter and guitarist, Jeremiah Carlson; Carlson has been refining his skills as a youth pastor for Vancouver Vineyard.  Thus far, the new project has produced two singles: “One Truth, One Life,” and “Mighty Jesus.” At http://theneverclaim.com/, he recently posted, “What would you do when you feel like you have no control over your mind and every thought you have is dreadful?” Jeremiah was my guest last week on New Tunes at 9 http://wjtl.com/listen/wjtl-casts/and explained his comments, regarding his state of mind, and the new song, “Mighty Jesus.” For more on The Neverclaim, go to theneverclaim.com.

phil@wjtl.com

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New Tunes at 9 Roundup: Dave Barnes

phil : November 14, 2013 6:13 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.) Singer/songwriter Dave Barnes was our guest this week on New Tunes at 9. Dave talked about his new projects, “Golden Days” and “A December to Remember”; and he took the time to reflect on the international success of his number one hit, “God Gave Me You,” a song he wrote and, subsequently, was taken to a whole new level of appreciation, by country singer, Blake Shelton. Barnes’ new project, “A December to Remember,” is available now on iTunes, Amazon and CD; the forthcoming project, “Golden Days,” is set to release on January 28. Dave spoke about the first-single, “Good,” and you can hear the conversation here http://wjtl.com/listen/wjtl-casts/. For more on Dave Barnes, go to http://davebarnes.com/. You’ll find facebook, iTunes, You-Tube and much more.

phil@wjtl.com

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New Tunes at 9 Roundup: The Choir

phil : November 7, 2013 6:48 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.) The Choir just wrapped up their first-ever Kickstarter campaign and, due to the band’s fiercely loyal fan base, was able to meet their goals and will continue working on various, developing projects. (Those projects include an all-acoustic Christmas EP, a live DVD, and another full-length studio project, the follow up to “The Loudest Sound Ever Heard.”) If you go to http://www.thechoir.net/, you’ll find the archived web stream of the Choir’s recent home studio concert, broadcast world wide for the Kickstarter campaign. And speaking of Kickstarter, one of the many incentives offered to fans was a new, unreleased song called, “Beautiful Girl.” Dan Michaels, the lyricon player for the Choir, explained the idea behind the song on New Tunes at 9 http://wjtl.com/listen/wjtl-casts/For more on the Choir, go to http://www.thechoir.net/ You’ll find facebook, iTunes, and link to a free, down-loadable, 15-song compilation of Choir songs.

phil@wjtl.com

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New Tunes at 9 Roundup: Manafest

phil : October 31, 2013 7:35 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.) Manafest, whose real name is Christopher Greenwood, was a recent guest on New Tunes at 9. http://wjtl.com/listen/wjtl-casts/ (Manafest is currently promoting his new music project, “Fighter,” and the new book, “Fighter: Five Keys to Conquering Fear and Reaching Your Dreams.) In the book, Manafest conveys raw honesty, addresses the challenges and pitfalls of stardom, and writes about coming to terms with his father’s suicide, by stating, “When things got tough, he didn’t know how to handle it.” “Fighter” is broken down into seven chapters; the first five are devoted to, as the book indicates in its sub-title, the 5 keys to conquering fear and reaching your dreams. (The five keys are courage, perseverance, mindset, discipline and will power.)  For more on Manafest, his latest project “Fighter,” and the new book, “Fighter: Five Keys to Conquering Fear and Reaching Your Dreams,” go to http://www.manafest.ca/. You’ll find facebook, iTunes (with a link to download the “Fighter” audio book), videos, and more.

phil@wjtl.com

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New Tunes at 9 Roundup: JJ Heller

phil : October 24, 2013 6:19 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.) Singer/songwriter JJ Heller was a recent guest on New Tunes at 9. http://wjtl.com/listen/wjtl-casts/ (JJ and her husband, Dave, performed at the Junction Center earlier this year; click the ‘videos’ tab at wjtl.com.) JJ Heller’s sixth studio project is called, “Loved.”  JJ says, “Loved is a collection of songs that belong together; there’s a common thread connection in all of them. It’s setting our sights on the horizon instead of the few steps ahead.” For more on JJ Heller, go to http://www.jjheller.com/. You’ll find links to download her music on iTunes, plus facebook (where a fan recently commented, “Thank you for sharing your life with us. Most performers don’t; you’re so down-to-earth.”) I also recommend that you check out her creative lyric video for the new song, “Redemption.” The video is shot with a camera overlooking a table; JJ’s hand is seen holding markers and writing the lyrics to the song on a large, unruled notepad. Near the end of the video, the paper becomes sprinkled with cut-out butterflies and flowers. (You can find the the new lyric video at http://www.jjheller.com/)

phil@wjtl.com

 

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New Tunes at 9 Roundup: Needtobreathe

phil : October 17, 2013 6:26 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. Bo Rinehart from Needtobreathe was our guest this week on New Tunes at 9. Bo, his brother Bear, and the rest of the band are currently on the ‘Stomping Ground Tour.’ (Needtobreathe also played a Live from the Junction Center show last Thursday for WJTL listeners.) Needtobreathe are an Americana band from Possum Kingdom, South Carolina; their music is a mix of rock, Gospel, blues, and old-time, Appalachian melodies. Their latest project, “The Reckoning,” is a 14-song collection that debuted at No. 6 on the Billboard 200. Bo Rinehart talked about the band’s evolution of sound and approach to making music http://wjtl.com/listen/wjtl-casts/. For more on Needtobreathe, go to http://needtobreathe.net/. You’ll find links to download their music on iTunes, plus facebook, fan photos and more. According to Bo Rinehart, Needtobreathe is currently writing and working on new songs during concert sound check, and plan to release a new project in 2014.

phil@wjtl.com

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New Tunes at 9 Roundup: The Neverclaim

phil : October 10, 2013 6:47 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.) The Neverclaim released their new, self-titled project, on September 24. The Portland, Oregon based band has been touring in support of their music, and they also made at stop at the Junction Center earlier this year. (Too see videos from their performance, click http://wjtl.com/videos/) The Neverclaim was formed by singer/songwriter/guitarist, Jeremiah Carlson (who had been writing songs as a youth pastor at Vancouver Vineyard). Since releasing their independent debut, Carlson has been refining his skills as a songwriter. For more on The Neverclaim, go to http://theneverclaim.com/ You’ll find links to download their music on iTunes, Amazon, and Google Play, plus facebook, you-tube and more.

phil@wjtl.com

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New Tunes at 9 Roundup: Dustin Kensrue

phil : October 3, 2013 7:42 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.) Mars Hill Worship recording artist Dustin Kensrue is releasing his debut solo project this week. Entitled “The Water & The Blood,” this disc opens up a new chapter in Dustin Kensrue’s recording career.  Up to this point, Kensrue has been the driving force as vocalist and guitarist for Thrice, the post-hardcore band from Southern California. (Thrice amassed a fiercely loyal following in America and Europe, releasing standout projects like “The Illusion of Safety” and “Major/Minor.”) Dustin Kensrue’s first single is “Rejoice”; it contains the verse: “Turning tragedy to triumph. Turning agony to praise. There is blessing in the battle. So take heart and stand amazed.” Dustin was my guest on New Tunes at 9, and I asked him to share his personal story of redemption and the song, “Rejoice.” http://wjtl.com/listen/wjtl-casts/ For more on Dustin Kensrue, go to http://www.dustinkensrue.com/. You’ll find facebook, you-tube, and a link to buy the new project.

phil@wjtl.com

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New Tunes at 9 Roundup: Jars of Clay

phil : September 26, 2013 5:53 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 veteran band Jars of Clay rose to national prominence in 1995 when they released their self-titled debut. The project was an instant classic and it revealed a band with layers of lyrical depth, full of imagery and mystery. (“Jars of Clay” includes their breakthrough single, “Flood,” a song produced by master-guitarist Adrian Belew.) Since then, Jars of Clay has continued to create music on their own terms; full of beautiful melodies, complex harmonies, and exquisite string arrangements.  Their extensive catalog includes records like “If I Left the Zoo,”  “Good Monsters,” “The Long Fall Back to Earth,” and “Redemption Songs.” Now, Jars of Clay releases their masterpiece, “Inland,” a record that finds the band continuing to write about the themes of vulnerability, grace, anxiety, self-doubt and forgiveness. (The disc is confessional, fragile and reverent.) For more on Jars of Clay, go to http://www.jarsofclay.com/home. You’ll find the band’s you-tube page, facebook, Relevant Magazine podcast, and links to buy the new independent project, produced by Tucker Marteen (who’s worked with My Morning Jacket, among others).

phil@wjtl.com

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New Tunes at 9 Roundup: Brad and Rebekah

phil : September 19, 2013 5:52 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.) Worship-duo Brad & Rebekah have recorded a new project called, “When We Gather.” Brad & Rebekah are celebrating the new disc with a night of worship and music, this Sunday, September 22, 7 pm at Glad Tidings Church, 1110 Snyder Road, West Lawn, PA. (More details at http://bradandrebekahmusic.com/) Brad & Rebekah met while attending North Central University in Minneapolis. They married in 2006, began full-time worship, and released their first worship project in 2008. In addition to their worship music, Brad & Rebekah are also actively involved with the ministries of Watoto, working with the rescued child militia and orphaned children of Uganda. (A portion of each CD sale goes to aid the Watoto Ministry.) Brad & Rebekah state, “There is something powerful that happens when we gather together in the name of Jesus. It’s not a feeling or emotion, but a promise, a promise straight from the lips of our Savior, Jesus.” Listen for the new song, “All You’ve Done,” in the coming weeks on WJTL. For more on Brad & Rebekah, go to http://bradandrebekahmusic.com/ for facebook, videos, music, and more.

phil@wjtl.com

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