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New Tunes at 9 Roundup: The Return of Martin Smith (of Delirious)

phil : April 10, 2013 7:16 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.) For seventeen years, the band Delirious was a major force in the world of worship music. Led by singer/songwriter/guitarist Martin Smith, Delirious recorded anthems like “I Could Sing of Your Love Forever,” “Did You Feel the Mountains Tremble,” and “Majesty (Here I Am).” In 2009, Delirious disbanded with Martin Smith explaining that he wanted to devote more time to his wife, family, children and the CompassionArt Project. (CommpassionArt is an international development charity, founded by Smith and his wife, Anna.) Since the breakup of Delirious, Martin Smith has been quietly releasing several EP’s, under the series name, “God’s Great Dance Floor.” On April 23rd, he’ll he releasing the full-length project, “God’s Great Dance Floor Step 1.” You can order the new project, and his book “Delirious. My Journey with the Band, a Growing Family and an Army of History Makers,” at amazon.com. (Martin’s official homepage is http://martinsmith.tv/ You’ll find links to facebook, twitter and more.)

phil@wjtl.com

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New Tunes at 9 Roundup: Steven Curtis Chapman-Deep Roots

phil : April 4, 2013 7:09 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.) What more can you say that hasn’t already been said about iconic singer/songwriter Steven Curtis Chapman? His numerous titles include, among others, musician, producer, actor, and adoption advocate. (To date, Chapman was won 56 GMA Dove Awards, more than any other artist in history, and he’s been actively releasing music since the 1980’s.) Outside of music, Steven and Mary Beth Chapman started a charity organization called ‘Show Hope,’ designed to mobilize individuals and communities to care for orphans. Now, in 2013, Chapman has released a stellar new project called, “Deep Roots.” “Deep Roots,” an Appalachian-music project, debuted at No. 2 on the Christian albums chart, and No. 68 on the Billboard 200. Those numbers are very impressive, considering that the project hasn’t received a lot of attention; it’s a testament to Chapman’s loyal fan base. For more on “Deep Roots,” go to http://stevencurtischapman.com/. You’ll find a link to buy the new project, via a partnership with Cracker Barrell.  In addition, you can also purchase “Roots” on iTunes.

phil@wjtl.com

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New Tunes at 9 Roundup: Citizens

phil : March 28, 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.) On this Holy Week, I wanted to spotlight a song that talks about God’s grace at the cross. I’ve chosen a new band that we featured recently on New Tunes at 9: Citizens. Citizens is led by singer Zach Bolen; the Seattle-based, alternative-worship band is connected to the music ministry of Mars Hill Church. The first single by Citizens is “Made Alive,” a song propelled by a funky bass line, and a big chorus with multi-layered voices. The lyrics include, “you have bought me back with the riches of your amazing grace and relentless love.” Zach Bolen talked about the song on New Tunes at 9. For more on Citizens, go to the band’s facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/MUSIC.CITIZENS?fref=ts; the new project is available online at Amazon.

phil@wjtl.com

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New Tunes at 9 Roundup: Salvador

phil : March 20, 2013 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.) Question: Do you like festive Latin rhythms and percussion in your music? How about a triumphant, jubilant horn section? If this sounds like the kind of music you enjoy, then look no further than “Make Some Noise,” the new project from Salvador. Salvador is a Latin-rock band from Texas, led by singer/guitarist Nic Gonzales. The band draws heavy influence from the Tex-Mex sound of their home state, and they also cite the Los Angeles band Los Lobos as a primary source of inspiration. Salvador seemingly burst upon the scene in 2000 with their breakthrough single “Lord, I Come Before You,” and they continue to make music for a strong fan base.Recently, on New Tunes at 9, I spoke to Nic Gonzales about the band’s longevity, strong musicianship, and their cover version of the song, “Higher Love,” (which was brought to his attention by his wife, singer/songwriter Jaci Velasquez). http://wjtl.com/listen/wjtl-casts/ For more on Salvador, go to http://salvadorlive.com/; you’ll find a link to buy “Make Some Noise” on iTunes and Amazon, plus the band’s facebook page which is currently running a contest called, “We come and perform for you.”

phil@wjtl.com

 

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New Tunes at 9 Roundup: Audio Adrenaline

phil : March 14, 2013 7:39 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.)Audio Adrenaline is back with a new record this week called, “King and Queens.” The veteran Christian band, best known for hit songs like “Big House” and “Ocean Floor,” disbanded in 2006, due to lead singer Mark Stuart’s “ongoing vocal challenges.” After a six-year absence, the band reformed in 2012 with Kevin Max, formerly of DC Talk, as the new lead vocalist.Audio Adrenaline is currently on-tour to support “Kings and Queens.” The band stopped by the Junction Center last week for a live Q&A session with WJTL listeners, and Kevin Max spoke about , among other things, the current tour and making the new record. For more on “Kings and Queens,” and Audio Adrenaline, go to http://audioa.com/; you’ll find a link to stream and buy the new disc, watch videos, and learn about the Hands and Feet Project. (The Hands and Feet Project was founded by the band in 2004, and is designed to care for orphaned children in the southern region of Haiti.)

phil@wjtl.com

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New Tunes at 9 Roundup: Joy Ike

phil : March 7, 2013 6:06 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.) We like Ike! We like Ike! Joy Ike is a singer/songwriter we like! In fact, Joy Ike stopped by last week for a Live from the Junction Center event. Joy sang and played guitar, and she was joined on stage by Peace, her sister and percussionist.

Joy Ike’s latest project is called “All or Nothing.” It includes 10 songs full of superb piano playing, Joy’s spectacular, mature voice, and what she likes to call, “soul-folk.” Incidentally, Joy was born to Nigerian immigrants and, as she recalls, “some of my earliest memories involve sitting in the living room with my family and singing Nigerian choruses.”

At http://www.joyike.com/, you’ll find her facebook page, you-tube, and a link to buy “All or Nothing” on iTunes and Amazon. If you go to wjtl.com, click on the videos tab: you’ll find a live performance of the first-single, “Everything You Have.”

phil@wjtl.com

 

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New Tunes at 9 Roundup: Green River Ordinance

phil : February 27, 2013 8:06 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.) Last week on New Tunes at 9, I had a wonderful conversation with a young bass player named Geoff Ice; Geoff is one of the members of Green River Ordinance, a roots-rock band based in Ft. Worth, Texas. If you like the music of Rend Collective, Rhett Walker Band, or Needtobreathe, there’s a very good chance that Green River Ordinance will appeal to you, too. Green River Ordinance recently spent 10 days playing for military troops in the Middle East; one grateful military family posted on the band’s facebook page: “thank you for showing our service members how much we appreciate them.” The new project from Green River Ordinance is called, “Under Fire.” It includes the first single, “New Day,” whose lyrics include, “there’s an ocean inside us all, a little bit of grace to break my fall.” Geoff Ice talked about the song on New Tunes at 9. For more on Green River Ordinance, go to http://greenriverordinance.com/ You’ll find the iTunes music store, facebook, twitter, you-tube and more.

phil@wjtl.com

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New Tunes at 9 Roundup: Mitch McVicker

phil : February 21, 2013 7:17 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.) Last week, singer/songwriter Mitch McVicker stopped by the Junction Center, for a live performance and radio broadcast, for WJTL listeners. Mitch McVicker is currently touring in support of his new, 10-song project, “Underneath,” releasing next Tuesday. “Underneath” is Mitch’s 9th project, and it was funded by a kickstarter campaign.  “The songs of ‘Underneath’ explore the earthly practical truths and mysterious beauty of the kingdom of God, he says.” “The songs have been inspired by Jesus’ sermon on the mountain, in which he teaches that the kingdom of God does not lie on the surface. And that’s ‘Underneath’s main theme.” For more on Mitch McVicker, go to http://www.mitchmcvicker.com/. You’ll find links to buy his music, you-tube videos, and much more.

phil@wjtl.com

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New Tunes at 9 Roundup: Jenny Simmons

phil : February 14, 2013 6:17 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/vocalist Jenny Simmons, has just released her first solo project, “The Becoming.”  Jenny is the lead singer of the Texas-based the band Addison Road, whose hits include “What Do I Know of Holy,” among others. Not only is Jenny Simmons touring to support the new project, she’s doing so with her husband and small child coming along for the experience. too. “Thank you for believing in this project,” she says. “You’ve helped my album debut at number 7 on iTunes! I am completely grateful.”

When you have a chance, check out http://www.jennysimmons.com/#!/ss:facebook, and read her blog called, “Cupcakes, Sprinkles, and Other Happy Things.” The blog is a mix of lighthearted humor and personal thoughts. She recently posted: “The most beautiful part of my spiritual journey has been realizing that God does not tolerate our state of brokenness with disengaged disdain, but embraces us, lovingly, in the midst of it.”

For more details on Jenny Simmons, and her new project, “The Becoming,” go to http://www.jennysimmons.com/#!/ss:facebook You’ll find a link to buy the disc on iTunes, plus facebook, you-tube, twitter and more.

phil@wjtl.com

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New Tunes at 9 Roundup: Reilly

phil : February 7, 2013 6:29 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 band Reilly is back with a new, live record, “Add Your Voice.” Reilly is a 5-piece band led by singer/songwriter John Reilly, who describes the music of Reilly as “violin-rock.” The twin-violinists in the group are husband and wife, Dan and Noelle Huey. Reilly has amassed a strong fan base primarily on the strength of excellent records like “Around the World” and heavy, regional touring; tour stops have included a WJTL Live from the Junction Center event, and the Vision Conference, Lancaster. The new record, “Add Your Voice” was recorded at the 2012 Vision Conference; the 11-song project is divided into two parts: “Live in Concert” and “Live Worship.” For more details on the “Add Your Voice,” go to http://reillytheband.com/. You’ll find a link to buy the disc on iTunes, plus facebook, you-tube and more. Reilly is playing a show this Saturday, February 9, 7 pm at Calvary Church, Lancaster: 1051 Landis Valley Road. (Tickets available at the door only.)

phil@wjtl.com

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