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NEW TUNES AT 9 ROUNDUP: BRANDON HEATH

phil : December 13, 2012 8:46 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. Among the new Christmas projects available now is the new Christmas compilation project, “A Very Special Christmas: Bringing Peace on Earth.” A few weeks ago on the Roundup, I featured a Live from the Junction Center Replay with For King and Country, who performed their new Christmas song, “Baby Boy.” You can watch the video for that song, and other Junction Center Artist videos, here: http://wjtl.com/videos/ Also up on our videos page is singer/songwriter Brandon Heath’s acoustic performance of his 2010 Christmas song, “The Night Before Christmas.”  Brandon stopped by the Junction Center last Sunday during the Hits Deep tour to play 5 songs, all by listener request! Brandon Heath’s latest project is “Blue Mountain,” so named for the color of the mountains in Brandon’s home state of Tennessee. “Every time we would go to visit my grandparents, I always remember being stuck in the mountains and my imagination would run wild and think they were the backs of dinosaurs,” Brandon said. Well, you can clearly hear the Appalachian influence on his new, 11-song project, especially on songs like “The Harvester” and a song he co-wrote with Dave Barnes, “Love Will Be Enough For Us.”  At http://brandonheath.net/ you’ll find links to his facebook and you-tube page, which includes a video for his latest single, “Jesus in Disguise.”

phil@wjtl.com

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NEW TUNES AT 9 ROUNDUP: JASON GRAY

phil : December 6, 2012 9:35 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. New Christmas projects available now: “Christmas,” from Francesca Battistelli, the compilation project, “It’s a Shamrock Christmas,” and “Christmas Stories-Repeat the Sounding Joy,” from Jason Gray. “Christmas Stories-Repeat the Sounding Joy” is the follow-up to Jason’s previous project, “A Way to See in the Dark.” Jason Gray is a talented singer/songwriter from Minnesota who has struggled with stuttering throughout his life. “I appreciate pop music,” Jason says, “But I want to marry it to a reflective, hopefully interesting and compelling lyric.” If you go to http://jasongraymusic.com/, you’ll find details on “A Way to See in the Dark (Special Edition),” which includes an 8-song, second disc, full of demos, acoustic tracks, live tracks and more. Also of special note is Jason Gray’s facebook page, where Jason is posting what he calls, “A Month of Gratitude.” Now through Christmas, Jason is sharing his personal thoughts on his Christian faith, small poems and anything else that strikes his fancy. He recently posted, ”Grateful for the wisdom of God and how He lovingly draws me into it, gently working it into my life.” (Jason’s facebook page also has a direct link to purchase the new Christmas CD.)

phil@wjtl.com

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NEW TUNES AT 9 ROUNDUP: LINCOLN BREWSTER

phil : November 29, 2012 7:31 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 Christmas projects available now: “Peace on Earth” by North Point Christmas, “Bethlehem Skies EP” from Dara Maclean and “Joy to the World (A Christmas Collection),” from Lincoln Brewster. “Joy to the World (A Christmas Collection)” is the follow-up to Lincoln’s previous project, “Real Life”; it includes ten tracks, among them, the gorgeous instrumental entitled “Miraculum” and a duet with KJ-52 on the Christmas standard, “Little Drummer Boy.” Quick facts for you: Lincoln hails from Homer, Alaska, a small fishing town whose motto is, “the halibut fishing capital of the world.” “My Mom loved music and played with local bands,” he says. “She was the one who inspired my love for singing and playing musical instruments.” And speaking of instruments, Lincoln is an extremely gifted guitarist, so much so that he briefly played guitar with Steve Perry of Journey. After dedicating his life to Christ he is now known for writing anthems like “Today is the Day” and “Everlasting God.” For more on Lincoln Brewster, go to http://www.lincolnbrewster.com/. You can preview and download “Joy to the World (A Christmas Collection”), and connect to Lincoln’s you-tube and facebook pages.

phil@wjtl.com

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NEW TUNES AT 9 ROUNDUP: FOR KING AND COUNTRY

phil : November 21, 2012 5:50 pm : music, Radio Friend Phil, Staff Pages

RADIO FRIEND PHIL – Greetings! And Happy Thanksgiving weekend! 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 As I mentioned last week, some of the best music currently playing on New Tunes at 9 comes from several artists who have stopped by the Junction Center to perform live on the radio. The list of artists now includes, among others, Dan and Lauren Smith, Salvador, The Choir, Jason Castro, Luminate, Kutless, and For King and Country. For King and Country is an Australian pop duo comprised of Joel and Luke Smallbone, the younger brothers of singer/songwriter Rebecca Smallbone, also known as Rebecca St. James. For King and Country’s debut project is entitled, “Crave” which includes the radio hits “Busted Heart (Hold On To Me)” and “The Proof of Your Love.” You can download all the songs from “Crave” on iTunes or http://www.forkingandcountry.com/. And while you’re at their website, you can sign-up for band updates and check out their facebook page. (Also at forkingandcountry.com, you can download the new compilation project, “A Very Special Christmas-Bringing Peace on Earth.”)

phil@wjtl.com

 

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MEREDITH ANDREWS: GRATITUDE AT THANKSGIVING

phil : November 20, 2012 9:37 pm : music, Radio Friend Phil, Staff Pages

RADIO FRIEND PHIL – Click here http://www.meredithandrews.com/ to watch Meredith Andrews share her thoughts on gratitude at Thanksgiving.

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NEW TUNES AT 9 ROUNDUP: THE CITY HARMONIC

phil : November 14, 2012 6:38 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 Some of the best music currently playing on New Tunes at 9 comes from several artists who have recently stopped by the Junction Center to perform live on the radio. The list includes The Choir, Mikeschair, Dara Maclean, Charlie Peacock, Kutless, and Matthew West, among others. A few weeks ago, the City Harmonic lead singer Elias Dummer made a stop at the Junction Center, too. Elias played an acoustic set, featuring songs songs from the band’s full-length project, “I Have a Dream (It Feels Like Home)” and the City Harmonic’s debut EP, “Introducing the City Harmonic,” which included “Manifesto,” a top-5 hit at iTunes and theme song for numerous National Day of Prayer events. For more on the City Harmonic, go to http://thecityharmonic.com/, where you’ll find the band’s video page, iTunes music store, facebook, twitter and chord charts, too.  (Be sure to click  http://wjtl.com/videos/ to see the multiple pages of videos from artists who have stopped by the Junction Center.)

phil@wjtl.com

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NEW TUNES AT 9 ROUNDUP: THE CHOIR

phil : November 8, 2012 7:11 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: “Miracle” by Third Day and “For The Glory,” from the O.C. Supertones. Another project that I highly recommend is “The Loudest Sound Ever Heard,” by the Choir. “The Loudest Sound Ever Heard” is another sonic masterpiece! The project is full of lyrical poetry, imagery, the Choir’s impeccable sense of time and space, and the their signature ambient soundscapes (or “sheets of sound”). The band, led by singer/guitarist Derri Daugherty, and lyricist/percussionist Steve Hindalong, continue to create musical art on their own terms, often aided and shaped by Dan Michaels, a musician who plays the lyricon, an instrument he calls, “a wind-controlled, midi-saxophone.”  For more on the Choir, go to http://thechoir.net/ You can preview “The Loudest Sound Ever Heard” at the band’s iTunes store, sign up for band updates and check out special music packages, which currently includes a free 9-song compilation download (and the new single, “Shadow of the Cross”).

phil@wjtl.com

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RATE THE MUSIC! TAKE THE NEW RADIOTRAKS MUSIC SURVEY

phil : November 2, 2012 8:12 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 “Nothing Worth Knowing,” by Crossway Collective http://wjtl.com/musics/radiotraks/

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NEW TUNES AT 9 ROUNDUP: DARA MACLEAN

phil : November 1, 2012 8:28 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 now: “Lights of Distant Cities” by Bebo Norman and “Finding Our Way” from Hyland. Available next Tuesday: “For The Glory,” from the O.C. Supertones. Another disc I highly recommended is “You Got My Attention,” by Dara Maclean.  Dara Maclean is a singer/songwriter/guitarist from Ft. Worth Texas who, in recent years, has been drawing comparisons to Crystal Lewis, and for good reason. Dara began singing at age eight, led worship services at her church in her teens, and began writing songs and playing guitar at age 13. For more on Dara Maclean. go to  http://www.daramaclean.com/ You’ll find the iTunes music store, facebook and twitter, Dara’s video journal and more. Dara Maclean is currently on tour with For King and Country and Jason Castro. All three artists stopped by the Junction Center recently to play live before a captive radio audience. To see select videos from their performances (along with other recent guests, including Kutless and Charlie Peacock), go to wjtl.com and click on the videos tab.

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NEW TUNES AT 9 ROUNDUP: BEBO NORMAN

phil : October 25, 2012 6:44 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. Available this week are two new projects on BEC Recordings that come highly recommended: “Finding Our Way” by Hyland; and “Lights of Distant Cities,” from Bebo Norman.“ Bebo Norman is singer/songwriter from Columbus, Georgia. He’s been releasing music since his 1996 independent project, “Fabric of Verse.” His new record, “Lights of Distant Cities,” continues to affirm the strength of his songwriting skills, while recognizing some of his major influences: the legendary James Taylor and the relative newcomer, John Mayer. Bebo Norman has been quoted as saying, “I’m reminded that the God of the universe thinks my prayers are nothing less than stunning—simply because I am His.” Recently, Bebo Norman spoke to Kristi Leigh about life experiences and navigating the seasons of life. For more on Bebo Norman go to http://bebonorman.com/#!/ss:facebook ? You’ll find the iTunes store, connect on facebook and twitter, read his blog and much more.

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